Christmas schedule. Airport strike.

Airport strike today.

baggage handlersMadeira Airport is experiencing a one day strike by baggage handlers today, Christmas Eve. The Diario reports that this has been called by the National Union of Civil Aviation Workers (SINTAC). Passengers are advised to carry as little baggage as possible to reduce the impact of the strike. Baggage handlers are also planning action at the three major mainland airports – Lisbon, Faro and Porto. Often, very little changes at Madeira Airport when industrial action is called, so fingers crossed for those travelling today.

Airport renaming delayed

Cristiano RonaldoOn the subject of the airport, its renaming ceremony in honour of its most famous son has been postponed due to Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the island prematurely on Christmas day – he arrived in his private jet a couple of days ago, but apparently has had to change his plans. The ceremony, which was originally planned for the 30th, will have to be postponed “due to commitments related to the professional agenda of the player” according to a regional government press release. A new date will be agreed as soon as possible

Christmas events

The main features of this Christmas in Funchal, according to the Tourist Office are:

General Illumination of Funchal’s downtown area and amphitheatre
Ethnographic exhibitions and live scenes:
– “Nativity Crib 2016” – Av. Arriaga main square
– “Christmas Market” – Av. Arriaga main square
– “Ethnographic Village” – Largo da Restauração (at the junction of Avenida Arriaga and Zarco Avenue)
– “Children’s Christmas” – Municipal Garden
Nativity scenes staged by local districts can be found at: – Funchal: Nazaré, São Gonçalo, Ribeira Grande (Santo António), Hospital and Santo Amaro – Câmara de Lobos: Ribeiro Real and Serrado do Mar – Santa Cruz: Nogueira – Machico: Bemposta and Torre – Ribeira Brava: Tranqual (Campanário)

In addition there are the following events
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Christmas events 1
Christmas events 2

Funchal at Christmas

Popular YouTube footage of the city this Christmas courtesy of José Diamantino Ramos

19 thoughts on “Christmas schedule. Airport strike.”

  1. Hi there, I live in another beautiful island – the island of Mull off the west coast of Scotland. Not as warm as Madeira, this our 6th visit in September 2017! I wonder if I can ask your help? You have had some drone footage on the blog. I would like to bring my drone, a DJI Mavic in September, but do not want to fall foul of any laws or regulations there. I presume they will be the same as the UK. I am currently undertaking CAA accreditation for commercial operations. Is there someone on Madeira that I could seek permission from, or are they generally accepted provided you keep less than 400ft height, not within 50m of any person etc or within 150m of a congested area? Some of the videos you have have shown flights within these, so I presume they have a commercial licence. Any help would be appreciated, thanks for an excellent blog. Great to keep up with what is happening out there. Looking forward to coming back! Iain

  2. I am also happy to spend Christmas in the island of Madeira, if you had not stolen the owner of the Madeira Regency Palace property and bought a lot of my right holiday money!

  3. I have been staying in Funchal since last Monday and I’m very disappointed with the weather to date – is it normally so overcast at this time of year?

  4. It is winter in Madeira, so you can’t expect cloudless skies every day. It is very often clear in the morning and then the clouds can roll in during the afternoon, or vice versa. We have occasionally had virtually 3 weeks of rain over the Christmas /New Year period or during another year at the same time of year we have been on the beach and swam in the sea. As anywhere in the world, the weather is never guaranteed.

  5. The regulations regarding drones were published in the Diário da República a week or so ago, and come into force from 13th January 2017. The reference number for the new law is 1093/2016

    I did post a link direct for the page, but its has gone into “awaiting moderation” which is the virtual equivalent of a bottomless pit, so don’t hold your breath Iain

  6. Hi,

    I just got my quote for my buildings/contents insurance for January 2017-January 2018. It has increased by 25% which I think is a bit much since I have been with the company for a few years and made no claims. I just wondered if anyone else has been affected by this increase. I’m with Generali.

    Hope you all have a Happy & Healthy 2017.




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