Update to Schengen Area

We have just received an update to the Schengen Area from the Brand Ambassador & Link Approval Specialist.

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Starting March 31st, 2024, Bulgaria and Romania have officially joined the Schengen Read more

Dogs ‘chained, without food and without water’ rescued

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“The dogs are malnourished, very dirty, infested with fleas and full of fear,” he adds, informing that the animals were hospitalized and under clinical observation, requiring deworming and sterilization. Aid … Read more

Woman falls inside bus and breaks leg and arm

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A 55-year-old woman recently fell inside a bus on Rua do Conselheiro in the Marina Shopping area, in Funchal. With suspected fractures in her leg and arm, the woman was

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Is over-tourism happening in Madeira?

According to Eduado Jesus the island is not suffering from the problem but, if you look around social media sites you may think otherwise. There is little doubt that tourist … Read more

Fancy a coffee?

Portuguese coffee is delicious and has a number of associated names. Do you know your bicas from your galãos? Your chinesas from your garotos?

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Peter Groen, an old friend of … Read more

Peter’s funeral

Peter Marsland ‘s funeral will take place at 12 noon on Thursday 18th July in the church in São Martinho.

As a mark of respect there will be no posts … Read more

Sad announcement

I am sad to report that Peter Marsland, the owner and creator of this blog, lost his fight with cancer this morning.

My deepest condolences to his wife and family.… Read more

Contributors welcome

Do you live on the island? Do you feel you could contribute to the blog? Items about what is happening on the island or your local area welcomed. Reviews of … Read more

Selvagens waters may be opened for fishing

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President of the Government clarifies that the possibility of permitting tuna fishing in Selvagens has not yet been decided.

Chega(political party) wants this to be a reality, having made public … Read more

Ukrainians hold a vigil in front of the Cathedral

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Yesterday, at 7:30 pm, the Ukrainian community in Madeira gathered, in front of the Funchal Cathedral, “to draw attention to the mass bombings, in particular the attack on the Ohmatdit … Read more

Choupana Hills Hotel Regeneration

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During the terrible fires of August 2016 the Choupana Hills Hotel was destroyed. ‘Openbook Studio’ are a firm of architects who are responsible for the regeneration of the hotel.

Prior … Read more

Poor conduct by some posters

On July 4th in the post about the boom in holidaymakers to Porto Santo I asked for everyone to please be respectful to one and other. Sadly, there is still … Read more

Vandalism on Machico Beach

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Machico Beach was the target of vandalism, with the destruction of the signs that exist in that area, the broken remains of which were scattered across the sand.

The scenario … Read more

Madeira logo removed from Praça do Povo for maintenance

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The Madeira brand logo, installed in Praça do Povo, in Funchal, will be removed tomorrow, “for maintenance purposes”, the Regional Secretariat for Economy, Tourism and Culture announced today. The 10 … Read more

Binter to maintain air bridge.

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The regional secretary of Economy, Tourism and Culture, Eduardo Jesus, has welcomed the decision of the Supreme Administrative Court to continue the air connection between the islands of Porto Santo and … Read more

Ronaldo confirms his retirement

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The Portugal star is at his sixth European Championship and 11th major tournament, winning the Euros once in 2016. 

On Monday night he broke down in tears after seeing Slovenia … Read more

Lynx cat found in Funchal house

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It has been confirmed that the animal is not one of the wild breeds that are protected or from any breed that is on the verge of extinction. This type … Read more

Porto Santo benefits from holidaymaker boom

Between May and October, hotel occupancy on the golden island will remain at 100%. The announcement comes from Nuno Batista, mayor of Porto Santo, who values ​​the strong influx of … Read more

Special announcement

This blog started fourteen years ago as one of the very earliest “home grown” websites and developed quickly to become the biggest on this remarkable small island, a dominant position … Read more

Santana upholds UNESCO Biosphere Award

Santana, which was awarded the UNESCO Biosphere Award iin 20111

JM leads today with the headline that the Municipality of Santana has guaranteed that it will continue to value the Biosphere Reserve award, awarded by UNESCO in 2011. But, at … Read more

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