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 flat course – difficult to find on this island, although it does include a number of repeat circuits!:
Starts at 8.30 a.m. at Estrada Monumental (South Lane) in front of the Hotel “Golden Residence”.
Funchal Half Marathon
Starts at 10 a.m. at Estrada Monumental (North Lane) near the “Galerias Jardins D’Ajuda”
Funchal Mini Marathon
Starts at 10.05 a.m. at Estrada Monumental (North Lane) near the “Galerias Jardins D’Ajuda”
Roads affected include the Estrada Monumental and Rua Vale de Ajuda (Forum) which will be closed from 8.00am, re-opening between 12.00 – 13.00, while roads in the centre, including Avenida Sá Carneiro (port) and Avenido do Mar, will be closed at 9.00, re-opening at 14.30. Public transport and taxi-ranks will be affected during this period.