New Year’s Eve weather forecast

New Year's Eve weatherNew Year’s Eve weather to be cloudy?

The Portuguese “Met Office”, the Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA), based on readings made this morning (Saturday) for the archipelago … Read more

Casino strike for New Year

Madeira CasinoCasino strike

Various sources are reporting that staff at the Madeira Casino are on strike at what must be the busiest time of year for the establishment. No coincidence there … Read more

New Year record. Madeira Plunge.

New Years ship in Funchal Bay10-year record

FN report that according to data released by the Port of Madeira Authority, this New Year will see a dozen ships docked in the port of Funchal, bringing … Read more

Festive program continues.

Festival events continueFestive program continues.

The Diario reports that Christmas and New Year’s festive program continues to offer many opportunites for visitors to the city centre every day until January 7th.

The … Read more

Huge new development.

New 5* hotel and more luxury apartments in Ajuda

FN report that a partnership between the two most active construction companies on the island, AFA Imobiliária and Socicorreia, plans to … Read more

Ferry tender receives no interest.

Ferry to be seasonal?

12.30 Tuesday: The Diario has just reported that Pedro Calado has confirmed that the public tender for the ferry between Madeira and the mainland, received no … Read more

Ferry pledge.

edro Calado” One thing we can promise…………in the summer of 2018 we will have the ferry in Madeira “

In an interesting development to the last blog, various agencies report that … Read more

No bidders for ferry as deadline looms.

Journal reports no interest in ferryThe Journal has reported today that with the deadline for tenders approaching (next Monday), none of the 13 “interested parties” previously reported have submitted any firm proposals for operating the … Read more

Childbirth Masses. Seaman rescued.

Childbirth MassThe tradition of Childbirth Masses (Missas do Parto) returns in the period leading up to Christmas. In each of the preceding nine days (novena), marking the nine months of pregnancy, … Read more

Expat Brexit fears. Weather warning.

Expats betrayed headlineExpats “betrayed”

The Guardian online reports that some British nationals living in mainland Europe are alarmed by claims that their rights have been protected by the Brexit deal sealed by … Read more

MSC Seaside debuts in darkness.

MSC Seaside Funchal Noticias report that MSC’s new cruise ship, “MSC Seaside”, docked in the Port of Funchal at 6.00am this morning, on what is its maiden voyage. The MSC Seaside is … Read more

Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d’Or.

Cristiano Ronaldo with Ballon d'OrAnother trophy is heading for the island after Madeira’s most famous son, Cristiano Ronaldo, tonight won the  Ballon d’Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi. … Read more

Weather update.

FlightRadarAirport affected again

As I am still on the island due to the Russian visa arriving three days after the flight left, I thought I would update the weather situation.… Read more

Madeira “Back in Fashion”. Christmas.

Thomas Cook press release“Retro destinations”

Madeira was being discussed on the BBC yesterday after a press release from Thomas Cook announced that “Retro destinations are making a comeback”, specifically mentioning three resorts; Costa … Read more

Weather.

Civil protection signOrange Warning

After last nights storms – thunder, lightening and heavy rain across much of the island – the outlook is poor for the foreseeable future according to nearly all … Read more

Funchal funfair. easyJet. Michelin Stars.

Christmas amusement park for Funchal seafront

Funfair location on Avenida do MarAfter a number of years in different locations, most recently Praia Formosa, the Christmas funfair returns to the Funchal seafront on December 1st. According … Read more

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