Roads closed; Orange weather alert; Presidential election results: Madeira & Portugal;Portuguese holidays offer best value; TAP ends Johannesburg route

Portugal & Madeira news from Paul Abbiati:

Roads closed
(Update 25/01/2011 – 22:00)

from Civil Protection Agency of Madeira…for updates see this page:


Rua da Serra de Água entre o Arco e a Vila da Calheta está encerrada.

E.R. 202, entre o Poiso e o Pico do Areeiro foi encerrada ao tráfego devido à queda de neve nas zonas altas

1ª Secção

E.R. 107 – Entre o Curral das Freiras e o Cumeal

E.R. 201 – Caminho dos Pretos

2ª Secção

E.R. 102 – Entre o Porto da Cruz e o Sítio do Massapez

E.R. 103 – Entre o Lombo de Cima e o Sítio do Cabouco

E.R. 212 – Ribeira de Machico

3ª Secção

E.R. 101 – Próximo à Igreja da Boaventura

E.R. 101 – Santa do Porto Moniz

E.R. 228 – Rosário – Boca da Encumeada

E.R. 232 – Lombo do Urzal

E.R. 101 – Sítio da Fajã do Penedo – entre a Boaventura e o túnel do Arco de S. Jorge

4ª Secção

E.R. 105 – Entre a boca da Encumeada e os Estanquinhos

E.R. 222 – Sítio das Faias – entre o Arco da Calheta e a Estrela da Calheta

Informação da responsabilidade RAMEDM – Estradas da Madeira,S.A.


Túnel da Banda d’Além – Entre a Madalena e o Arco da Calheta – ENCERRADO

Informação da responsabilidade da ViaExpresso


Encerramento temporário do Ramo de saída da Faixa Norte do Nó 5 da VR1 (Ponte dos Frades)

A VIALITORAL – Concessões Rodoviárias da Madeira S.A, informa o encerramento temporário do Ramo de saída da Faixa Norte do Nó 5 da VR1 (Ponte dos Frades) devido à construção da Via Rápida Câmara de Lobos / Estreito de Câmara de Lobos.

Informação da responsabilidade da Vialitoral – Concessões Rodoviárias da Madeira S.A

Orange weather alert issued Tuesday morning 25th January. To keep up-to-date with the weather watch this site:

Portuguese Presidential election results – front pages of the Madeira newspapers below:

Portugal holidays offer best value: UK Post Office money survey:

UK Press Association:

“Traditional holiday hotspots such as Spain and Portugal are becoming more affordable for Britons, a Post Office money survey shows.
Prices have fallen 49% in Portugal over the last 12 months, making the country the cheapest for typical holiday spending items in a 10-nation list.

Typical holiday spending items Including a three-course meal, suncream and drinks:

£32.84 in Portugal
£36.68 in Spain

Of the 10 countries surveyed, the most expensive for the items was Malaysia at £47.68.”

Eating out in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal – Largo das Fontes…image below:


TAP ends Johannesburg route

Times Live:

“TAP PORTUGAL will cease flights on the Lisbon-Johannesburg route from June 1, the airline said this week.

The carrier plans to focus on its direct route between Maputo and Lisbon. Travellers wishing to fly from Johannesburg will be accommodated on short-haul flights on Mozambican carrier LAM and South African Airways.”

“It’s a quiet end to a 45 years of history.”

“TAP began commercial operations on September 19, 1946, flying Douglas DC-3 Dakotas between Lisbon and Madrid

The “Imperial Line”

The next major route to open was the “Imperial Line” from Lisbon to Luanda in Angola and Lourenco Marques (now Maputo) in Mozambique, Portugal’s biggest colonies. The Imperial Line started out with the same plodding and unbreakable DC-3s that had had revolutionised air travel in the 1930s – but…

flights involved 12 overnight stops as the aircraft rumbled their way slowly down Africa.

TAP Airbus A340-312 CS-TOD taxiing at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International AirporT, 2005

Flights to Johannesburg began in the mid-60s, first using Lockheed Constellation piston-engined aircraft and then Boeing 707s, the Jet Age airliner that did for modern air travel what the DC-3 had done for commercial aviation in 1935.”


10 thoughts on “Roads closed; Orange weather alert; Presidential election results: Madeira & Portugal;Portuguese holidays offer best value; TAP ends Johannesburg route”

  1. Looks like FX restauant in Avenue do Mar featured in photo.
    Live salsa music even gets the people in the bus queue dancing
    Cant take Anneke to calheta, not enough seats only have 2, –sorry
    Film on madeira news tonight of the ribieras in town looks worrying as the water level rise.
    I can see diggers working the beer tent quay on the webcams
    Was hoping to meet up there on thurs but cleaning lady gone vague on timing and there will have to be a dry place somewhere???????

  2. Keep those hatches battened down – – – heavy rain and strong wind (near gale force) from now on in ….. BUT should get better from 04:00 tomorrow ….. some rain still lingering but better and maybe dry on Thurs Martin?!?

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