Airport problems. Beaches ready for summer.

Airport problems affect 500 flights

Airport problems worsen

Airport problems: Friday’s Journal led with the headline that 500 flights had been affected by wind conditions at Madeira airport over the first four months of the year. When you read the text the actual figure was 496, but the weather kindly obliged and Saturday ............ more

NRP Sagres to visit Funchal

 Tall Ship NRP Sagres to visit Funchal

The Journal reports that the NRP Sagres departed today from Lisbon for a trip to the east coast of the United States, and is scheduled to make its first stop at the port of Funchal btween April 30 to May ............ more

EU visa charge after Brexit? Another Ronaldo record.

EU entry charges post Brexit

EU entry charge of €7 mooted post-Brexit

EU entry charge post Brexit: The Express reports that EU ambassadors have announced another important step in protecting the EU’s external borders, which could mean Britons would have to pay €7 to submit a “travel authorisation” application before travelling ............ more

Flower Festival success. Rain forecast.

Flower Festival 2018

Flower Festival success

The rain that had threatened just about held off and the Flower Festival managed to proceed as planned yesterday. It was, however, an unusually cold day by local standards. A few videos (below) have already appeared on YouTube, with more being filmed using drones ............ more

Jacaranda trees begin to bloom. Weather update.


New Savoy casts it shadow

With the Flower Festival approaching it is great to see the first Jacaranda in bloom. It is peculiar that each tree seems to develop at a different pace – looking out this morning I can see some that are entirely bare of leaves but with the distinctive purple ............ more

Café Concerto.

Café Concerto now

Café Concerto still closed

Rather sadly, Café Concerto, one of Funchal’s landmark cafes remains closed. Located in the Municipal Gardens it had possibly one of the best locations in the city centre. The cafe was very popular with locals and tourists alike, and it is difficult to see ............ more

Flower Festival. Airport wind limits?

Flower Festival

Flower Festival Program

It’s that time of year again and the Flower Festival is upon us again, starting next weekend. The full Flower Festival programme is available as a PDF here: FF programme

Pilot advocates no airport wind limits

The Diario reports today that pilot Timóteo Costa, with 26,000 flight hours and 9,000 landings ............ more

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