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

Ronaldo run continues. easyJet flights released.

Ronaldo celebrates

Ronaldo continues setting records

Ronaldo scored a penalty in the 8th minute of stoppage time last night to take Real Madrid into the last four of the Champions League. Unfortunately he then took his shirt off (Photograph: Rodrigo Jimenez/EPA from the Guardian).
The dramatic winner was his 15th ............ more

TAP – more criticism. Yellow warning.

TAP plane

TAP cancels another flight without explanation

TAP cancelled another flight to Madeira yesterday, this time the regular late departure from Lisbon. Passengers booked on TP 1691, scheduled to depart at 21.50 last night, were told they would have to switch to this-afternoon’s flight TP 1687, departing from ............ more

TAP criticised. Airport update.

TAP criticised

The Journal this morning leads with the many Madeirans are angry with the recent performance of national carrier TAP. “The criticisms of TAP have been unanimous among many Madeiran people and there are many reasons for the revolt”. More cases of passengers ............ more

Airport problems as forecast.

Airport problems

Predicted high winds arrive and cause airport problems

Airport problems – high winds: It seems my weather forecasts are becoming remarkably accurate! As first predicted here (by some margin!), problems arose quickly this morning at the airport. By this afternoon, 14 flights have already been diverted and another ............ more

Sailing ships in port.

Sailing ships in Funchal

A couple of noteworthy masted sailing ships were docked in Funchal this afternoon – a rather refreshing change to the huge liners that normally occupy these berths. The smaller is the four-masted Santa ............ more

Yellow Warning – snow possible.

Poor forecast

The Diario reports that Madeira will be under yellow weather warning from 21.00 today until 03.00 on Sunday due to the heavy seas forecast for the north coast and Porto Santo. Temperatures will remain low (15-20 degrees in Funchal) with the possibility of snow in ............ more

“Outrageous” Ronaldo goal

Ronaldo “Sporting Genius”

Cristiano Ronaldo, Madeira’s most famous product, caused headlines around the football world last night as he produced possibly his finest goal as he and Real Madrid turned on the style to beat Juventus in the Champions League quarter finals. The Guardian sums up the media reaction to Ronaldo’s “outrageous” goal:

Ronaldo goal

The Guardian goes on explain that “Ronaldo’s numbers are freakish and, at the age of 33, they show no sign of letting up”. He has 25 goals in his last 14 games for club and country. He has scored in every Champions League tie this season and he leads the field for the competition’s Golden Boot with 14. “Something seems to stir inside him when he hears the aria” says their reporter.
Yet the goals cannot be measured by volume alone. Ronaldo has scored plenty of classics. But in a high-stakes game has he ever scored a better one? “It is one of the most beautiful goals in the history of the game,” said the Real manager, Zinedine Zidane.

Another tourist dies in Levada fall

Levada das 25 Fontes

Another fatal incident on Levada das 25 Fontes

Thanks to Pete for alerting me to the news last night that sadly another tourist had died after a 40-metre fall on the Levada das 25 Fontes, above Calheta. Firefighters who attended found the male victim, with very serious injuries and no signs of life. According ............ more

Rain forecast. Tourist tax for Funchal?

Weather forecast for Easter Sunday

Rain forecast for Easter Sunday

The weather forecast for Easter Sunday from IPMA, the Portuguese “Met Office”, is predicting rain for Funchal. The BBC forecast agrees, and both have been remarkably accurate of late.

Tourist tax to be applied in Funchal?

The Diario last week reported that plans are advanced for the introduction ............ more

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