New Year’s Eve. Trip Advisor.

Yesterday the first of 12 cruise ships arrived in Funchal to join the New Year’s Eve party in Madeira. This is the “The World” – a completely different kind of vessel to the others that will be joining it tomorrow night.

At 644 feet, The World is the largest privately owned yacht ............ more

Christmas lights. Walks closed without notice. “History of Funchal” published. Ronaldo favourite for “Footballer of the year” award. Market night. Home required for “Santa”.


On a seasonal note we  have had some great photos sent in of the Christmas lights in Funchal (the first outside the Sé and the second in Praça Município). Thank you David:

I have to admit that I thought that “Sé” was the name of the cathedral, but correctly the 15th Century structure ............ more

Storms/weather update 11.12.13

Not been a pleasant night on the island – a lot of wind and rain and the “tormented” seas continued, and are still with us this morning. A lot of damage has been done without doubt – and an ominous date! (presumably at some point this morning the time was The weather warning ............ more

Red weather warning for Madeira. Weather warning and flights update. Ronaldo “Golden Ball” finalist again. Pingo Doce temporary closure.

The Portuguese Institute of Ocean and Atmosphere (IPMA) today placed mountainous regions of Madeira under a red warning (the most serious of a scale of four)  because of the forecast of wind and heavy rainfall. The warning currently refers to  overnight tonight (Tuesday) due to the forecast ............ more

Ronaldo/Pestana new hotel? and statue?

The Diario is reporting today that Cristiano Ronaldo has confirmed he is considering investing in the hotel business in Madeira in partnership with the Pestana Group, owner of several hotels in the archipelago and abroad, according to press agency Lusa  today – with sources close to ............ more

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