Fire-fighting helicopters. Lemon Festival. Jet2 from Belfast.

Weather forecast screen snap

Weather to improve

Whilst it remains fairly overcast in Funchal first thing Saturday morning, the weather forecast shows a significant improvement on the unusually miserable weather this last week. The bad news is that longer range forecasts, (fortunately unreliable!) show the rain returning next weekend.

Fire-fighting helicopters tested amid controversy

The ............ more

Poor weather forecast. MIUT results.

BBC weather forecast for the next week

Weather forecast

Both the BBC Weather App and IPMA, the Portuguese “Met Office” agree that the outlook is not too brilliant until Sunday. Hopefully both weather forecasts will prove incorrect for the sake of those visiting this week.

A slow-moving depression, centred between ............ more

Ferry accident. Jogo do Pião.

Missing ferry accident

A ferry operated by the company that used to run the service connecting Madeira to the mainland – one that has been promising to return to here for some while – has been involved in a dramatic accident in the Canaries. The Armas-operated ferry Volcan de Tamasite collided into ............ more

Valley of the Nuns. Jet2. Madeira Island Ultra Trail.

Valley of the Nuns

Valley of the Nuns nominated

RTP report that Curral das Freiras is on the “7 Wonders of Portugal” candidate list in the category “Remote Villages” in a Portugal-wide competition. Arco de São Jorge, Espigão and Furna are also competing in the same category. Madalena do Mar and ............ more

New Savoy–more. Beach warning. New videos.

Aerial view of New Savoy

New Savoy – more photos

I am not particularly keen on filling the blog full of photos, but following up on the last post I think it is worth drawing attention to the scale of the development taking place in central Funchal that will become the New Savoy. The one ............ more

New Savoy. Regency Palace. Minimum wage.

New Savoy hotel

New Savoy too big?

The construction of the new Savoy hotel is continuing at a blistering pace – the photo above, taken from Funchal Daily Photo, is already out-of-date, with the building now a couple of floors taller. The size of the new Savoy, being built by the AFA Group, and the increasing ............ more

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