Ponta do Pargo lighthouse popular

Second most visited in Portugal

The Diario reports that the lighthouse at Ponta do Pargo, in the extreme west Madeira, was the second most visited in the country in 2018.  According to the National Maritime Authority the 28 Portuguese lighthouses open to the public attracted 101 613 visitors, ............  ...read more

New Year’s Eve weather forecast – updated

New Year's Eve weather forecast for Funchal from the BBC

Rain still forecast for Funchal

All attention in Funchal turns to the weather forecast as New Year’s Eve approaches. The good news is that the poor weather that was originally forecast for News Year’s Eve  has been pushed slightly out by the ............  ...read more

Fireworks launch points – map.

Map of fireworks display launch points

Map of launch points for fireworks display

The Diario yesterday published a map showing the various launch points for the fireworks this New Year’s Eve. A higher resolution image can be found by following the link in the comment recently posted by Maurice, and also below.
As usual most of the launch ............  ...read more

10 cruise ships in Funchal for New Year

34,000 to see fireworks from sea

The Diario reports that a total of 10 cruise ships will be in the bay of Funchal to witness the firework display that will see the arrival of 2019. This represents a total of 34,000 passengers and crew. A further 28,000 guests are checked in to hotels on the island ............  ...read more

Portuguese visitors to Algarve now exceed Brits

More Portuguese now visit the Algarve

Portuguese visitors to Algarve overtake British tourists

Thanks for Mike for sending me a link to an article in the Portugal News reporting that Portuguese visitors to their own Algarve now outweigh British tourists for first time.
The report confirms that Iberian Peninsula tourist arrivals continue to grow due to ............  ...read more

Funchal City Race tonight

Volta à Cidade do Funchal 2018

The streets of Funchal will tonight host about 4,500 participants in the 60th edition of the Funchal City Race, the oldest “São Silvestre Race” in Portugal. Like many others across Europe it is based upon the famous  ............  ...read more

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