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A: Solmonte Apartments Praia da Rocha Algarve Bar

by Carlos Chegado, 2.1 km away

Solmonte Apartments Bar. Only 20 minutes walk away from the bustling resort and beautiful beach of Pr...

Solmonte Apartments Praia da Rocha Algarve Bar

B: Solmonte Apartments Praia da Rocha Algarve Bedroom

by Carlos Chegado, 2.1 km away

Solmonte Apartments Bedroom. Only 20 minutes walk away from the bustling resort and beautiful beach o...

Solmonte Apartments Praia da Rocha Algarve Bedroom

C: Solmonte Apartments Praia da Rocha Algarve Bedroom

by Carlos Chegado, 2.1 km away

Solmonte Apartments Bedroom. Only 20 minutes walk away from the bustling resort and beautiful beach o...

Solmonte Apartments Praia da Rocha Algarve Bedroom

D: Solmonte Apartments Praia Da Rocha Algarve Living Room

by Carlos Chegado, 2.1 km away

Solmonte Apartments Living Room. Only 20 minutes walk away from the bustling resort and beautiful bea...

Solmonte Apartments Praia Da Rocha Algarve Living Room

E: Solmonte Apartments Praia Da Rocha Algarve Living Room

by Carlos Chegado, 2.1 km away

Solmonte Apartments Living Room. Only 20 minutes walk away from the bustling resort and beautiful bea...

Solmonte Apartments Praia Da Rocha Algarve Living Room

F: Solmonte Apartments Praia Da Rocha Algarve Bedroom

by Carlos Chegado, 2.1 km away

Solmonte Apartments Bedroom. Only 20 minutes walk away from the bustling resort and beautiful beach o...

Solmonte Apartments Praia Da Rocha Algarve Bedroom

G: Solmonte Apartments Praia Da Rocha Algarve Reception

by Carlos Chegado, 2.1 km away

Solmonte Apartments Reception. Only 20 minutes walk away from the bustling resort and beautiful beach...

Solmonte Apartments Praia Da Rocha Algarve Reception

H: Solmonte Apartments Praia Da Rocha Algarve Swimming Pool

by Carlos Chegado, 2.1 km away

Solmonte Apartments Swimming Pool. Only 20 minutes walk away from the bustling resort and beautiful b...

Solmonte Apartments Praia Da Rocha Algarve Swimming Pool

I: Hotel Tivoli Arade Praia da Rocha Algarve Swimming Pool

by Carlos Chegado, 2.1 km away

Hotel Tivoli Arade Swimming Pool. Located in the Algarve, in the broad estuary of the river from whic...

Hotel Tivoli Arade Praia da Rocha Algarve Swimming Pool

J: Club Arcos Apartments Praia Da Rocha Algarve Bar

by Carlos Chegado, 2.1 km away

Club Arcos Apartments Bar. The three star Clube dos Arcos Hotel is situated some 250 metres from the ...

Club Arcos Apartments Praia Da Rocha Algarve Bar

This panorama was taken in Portugal, Europe

This is an overview of Europe

Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.

The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.

Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".

Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.

Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. 

Text by Steve Smith.

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