BBC documentary. Porto Santo travel subsidy. Pestana.

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Madeira: Island Ark

Thanks to a contributor to the previous blog for spotting an up-coming BBC documentary featuring the Madeira archipelago. The final part of a three-part series entitled “Nature’s Wonderlands: Islands of Evolution” is scheduled to be broadcast on Monday night at 9.00pm. ............  ...read more

New President. Speeding fines. Funchal Marathon.

New President of Portugal

Sunday saw the election of a new President of Portugal, with law professor and well known TV “pundit”  Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa winning a clear outright majority. The centre-right 67 year-old will fulfil a largely ceremonial role, but there is a slight change to the political ............  ...read more

Bodies found in Nuns Valley. Barcelona flights. Repossessions.

Bodies found in Nuns Valley

Today’s Diario (photo above) reports on a German tourist found dead on in the Curral das Freiras after going missing since the 4th or the 10th of January depending on which report you read. Apparently a note was left at the Estalagem Eira do Serrado where he was staying, ............  ...read more

Azores escape. Shopping centre fire. Festa do Panelo.

Resultado de imagem para azores

The Azores seem to have escaped better than initially forecast from Hurricane Alex, the first hurricane to form in the month of January since 1938. The Express reported yesterday that “a warning has been issued for British tourists as a rare January hurricane in the Atlantic ............  ...read more

Port strike ends. CR7 disappointment.

Port of Lisbon strike ends

The strike by the Union of Dockers and operators at the Port of Lisbon which has disrupted supplies by sea to Madeira ended at the weekend as they agreed a new collective labour agreement. This strike started in November, but disagreements between the dockers and Port authorities ............  ...read more

Ferry latest. Airport investment. Crime outbreak.

Ferry stranded without Portuguese subsidy?

Earlier this week all seven of the companies interested in re-introducing the ferry link between Madeira and mainland Portugal announced that they could not submit viable offers to run the operation without direct subsidies. At a press conference on Wednesday, Eduardo Jesus, Regional ............  ...read more

Porto Santo Ferry. Mega Bolo Rei. New Boeing 737.

Porto Santo Ferry maintenance

The Porto Santo Ferry did two trips yesterday as it prepared to go undergo annual routine maintenance. The service will be suspended for five weeks until February 8th whilst the Lobo Marinho has work undertaken on various machinery, emergency and rescue equipment, together with the ............  ...read more

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