Xmas lights go on all over Madeira!; TAP strike 9-12 December latest; Diario coffee offer; Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho nominated for FIFA Ballon d’Or 2011; Diving in Madeira; Motorway tolls;

Portugal and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:


Diving in Madeira with the Clube Naval de Funchal

Xmas lights go on all over Madeira!


Câmara de Lobos



From the Diario Newspaper Photogallery: http://www.dnoticias.pt/multimedia/fotoreportagem/296600-luzes-de-natal-ja-estao-ligadas

Motorway tolls

excerpts From Portugal News article:

“Three additional motorways in Portugal, including the Algarve’s A22 are since Thursday no longer free.

To travel the length (130 kilometres) of the motorway (Alagrve’s A22) will now cost just under 12 euros.

Payment is done via an international credit card. A deposit of €27.50 is payable and is refunded upon the return of the transponder. The rental period is for 90 days only, and should an extension be sought, the entire process will need to be repeated.

In addition to the deposit, a weekly rental fee is also payable (€6 in the first week, and €1.50 in subsequent weeks). ”Travelling the length of the A22 from Bensafrim (Lagos) in the west to Vila Real do Santo António in the east, will come at a total cost of €11.60, an average of just under nine cents for each of the 130 kilometres the motorway measures.

link to full article: http://www.theportugalnews.com/

TAP strike 9-12 December latest

Guidance from UK Government Foreign & Commonwealth Office:

“TAP Air Portugal pilots have announced two 4-day strikes between 9-12 December and 3-6 January. If the planned strikes go ahead, they may affect your travel plans.

Be prepared for delays and keep in touch with your airline or travel company for advice on the options available to you. See latest information on TAP Air Portugal’s website.”

Diario coffee offer

The Diario Newspaper reports that its shop has had a makeover in Rua Fernão de Ornelas, Funchal and that for a certain period when someone buys the paper there..they will be offered a free bica, expresso coffee!

See Diario Film of remodelled shop and offer http://www.dnoticias.pt/multimedia/video/296108-leitores-aplaudem-inovacao

Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho nominated for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2011

From Portugal Daily View:

“Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho are among the finalists for
the 2011 edition of the FIFA Ballon d’Or, the highest individual award for
best player and best coach in the world, respectively.

Both have already won the Ballon D’Or once – Ronaldo in 2008 when playing
for Manchester United and Mourinho last year when coaching Internazionale.

Madeira-born forward Cristiano Ronaldo who currently plays for Real Madrid
is up against 2010 Ballon D’Orwinner Spanish midfielder Xavi (FC Barcelona)
and Argentine forward Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona).

In addition to José Mourinho – who was crowned best coach in the world last
year – the shortlist also includes FC Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola and
Manchester United’s Alex Ferguson.

The winner will be announced on Jan 9 in Zurich, Switzerland.”


7 thoughts on “Xmas lights go on all over Madeira!; TAP strike 9-12 December latest; Diario coffee offer; Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho nominated for FIFA Ballon d’Or 2011; Diving in Madeira; Motorway tolls;”

  1. Hi Martin – belated welcome back greetings!

    Funchal WAS busy a few weeks or so ago with many cruise ship visitors ….. somehow these visitor numbers seem to have declined recently – we noticed same last week.

    Indeed the “Vila Gale” Hotel in Santa Cruz seems almost empty ….. and Santa Cruz and Machico, in particular, is very quiet. A shame, as the Nativity scence (prospeirio?) in Machico is being built to epic proportions and is simply stunning. Well worth a vist = Such a lot of work….

    Anyway, an early Merry Christmas to you and your(s) MG’s…..we hope to be curing (and maybe smoking) our own Gammon joints this year in time for Christmas – not to mention home made sausages! So, if you are passing …..

  2. Santo da Serra market really busy this a.m…..and lots of Christmas farye – trees, foilage and even more flowers than usual – tons of fresh local fruit and veg and poncha! Brilliant atmosphere, hustle and bustle but no hassle. Love it.

  3. We were the only 2 in Pestana Casino hotel on saturday having bought ballet tickets, having tea overlooking the harbour.
    There is seating for about 200 we guess.
    At lunch today again we were the only 2 customers at the Pricce Albert–jolly good it was too, spoilt only by football on TV.
    A visit to Sanat Cruz is a must we will ring.


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