Hotel Algarve Casino Bar.
Nestled away in the far south of Portugal, the Algarve coast is notorious for it's collection of golden sandy beaches, warm tropical waters and balmy climes. In a location nature surely intended for leisure and relaxation lays Praia de Rocha, and the Hotel Algarve Casino. The very first Hotel Casino in Portugal, the Hotel Algarve Casino is a jewel of the Western Algarve. Whether guests prefer to sample the many leisure activities, do business, play golf or simply relax and soak up the sun, the Hotel Algarve Casino is the ideal base from which to start.
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.