Desertas Islands. Tourists rescued.


New controls for Desertas Islands.

The final version of a new plan for the management of the Desertas Islands nature reserve will be published by the end of this week after a period of public discussion.

The Desertas Islands are part of the Madeira sub-archipelago, and are classified as a ‘Special Conservation ............ more

Funchal Marathon

Funchal Marathon route

Funchal Marathon

Just a quick post alerting visitors to Funchal that the “Maraton do Funchal” is taking place tomorrow (Sunday 29th). There will be considerable road closures to facilitate this, particularly affecting the tourist zone west of the city centre.

There are actually three races on what is a completely ............ more

Monte railway station restoration. Alinda. Ceramics exhibition.

Artists impression of new Monte railway station

Old train station to be restored

The Diario online reports that the Câmara do Funchal has acquired and will restore the old Monte railway station, to make the building a space an “evocation of historical memory”. Paulo Cafôfo, the Mayor of Funchal announced that the local authority has reached an ............ more

Carnival dates. Reids Michelin Star. Agricultural growth.

Carnival dates released

Festa dos Compadres to start the Carnival Season for 2017

The Festa dos Compadres, is traditionally the event that opens the carnival season in Madeira. Although officially Carnival celebrations in Funchal will begin this year on February 22nd, it will as usual be the Festa dos Compadres in Santana that will kick off the carnival season ............ more

Santo Amaro. Toboggan murder.

Festas de Santo Amaro

The religious festival of Santo Amaro began low-key yesterday, culminating 15th January. The festival traditionally marks the end of the festive period, where people “clean out their cupboards” and is particularly associated with the village of Santa Cruz – details below (use ............ more

Soares dies. Bolo-Rei. Madeira Regency Palace


Father of the Portugal’s modern-day democracy dies

Portugal is mourning the death of former President and Prime Minister, Mário Soares, a central figure in the country’s return to democracy in the 1970s after decades of right-wing dictatorship, aged 92. Soares is regarded as being central to Portugal’s return to democracy ............ more

Porto Santo Ferry. Cabo Girão body. Novo Banco.

Porto Santo Ferry and Queen Mary 2

Porto Santo ferry annual maintenance

The Porto Santo ferry has its last sailing this morning prior to it’s annual maintenance. The work to the Lobo Marinho will take place in Canical and is expected to last four or five weeks. The photo by João Conceição shows the ferry dwarfed by the Queen Mary 2.

Body found at Cabo Girao

The Diario ............ more

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