Aggressive taxi drivers. UEFA hand-out. Speed limits.

Taxi driver confronts tourists

Tourists increasingly hounded by taxi drivers

Monday’s Diario carried quite a big feature with the headline “Tourists without Peace”, focusing on the stronger methods being used by taxi drivers to drum up business as tourists arrive either in the port as they disembark cruise ships, or in the area around the Loja do ............ more

easyJet strike. Extreme Sailing. Ponta do Pargo.

easyJet logo

easyJet pilots vote for strike action

Following up on the two previous blogs, the result of the easyJet pilots vote was announced yesterday and they have overwhelmingly voted in favour of strike action. Pilots union Balpa said that the ballot closed with 96% agreeing to strike over complaints that their strenuous ............ more

Caniçal festival. Porto. easyJet strike.

Canical fishing boats

The Diario reports that this weekend will see the annual “Festa da Piedade” fisherman’s festival in Caniçal. The feast of Our Lady of Mercy is marked by “procession at sea”, involving many fishing boats with one raffled to carry the prize of the statue of Our ............ more

Best year ever for tourism? New tax laws. Possible easyJet strike.

Porto Santo beach

Porto Santo record confirms tourism growth

Next week, with the Columbus Festival between the 15th and 17th of September, the island of Porto Santo expects to record an overall average occupancy rate of 85%, representing a a 10% growth on 2015. This is the best of the last five years – in 2014 occupancy during the ............ more

Venezuelan solidarity. Fire damage repairs.

Venezuelan supporter on Funchal sea front

Venezuelan protest on Funchal seafront

The Diario reports on a show of solidarity with Venezuela as protestors briefly interrupting the wine festival yesterday with a demonstration at Praça do Povo. With the region historically having very strong links to Venezuela, a group of 100 or so levelled criticism at Venezuelan ............ more

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