Atlantic Festival concludes. Brits take EU nationality.

Atlantic Festival

Atlantic Festival finishes

The Atlantic Festival draws to a close tonight at 10.30pm. In these Saturday-night firework displays, which take place throughout June, companies compete for a trophy awarded by public vote, through the Internet and boxes located in strategic places in Funchal city ............ more

Classic Car Rally. Old seafront.

Classic Car Rally

Madeira Classic Car Rally

Forty cars are registered for the XXIX Tour of Madeira – Classic Rally, organised by the Classic Automobile Club of Madeira (CACM), which takes place between 29 June and 1 July. Entries include 30 cars in the sports event, with another 10 that will follow ............ more

Official TAP criticism. Festas de São Pedro.

TAP criticism headline from Diario

TAP cancels 200 flights in 2018

The front page of today’s Diario focuses on the poor performance of the national airline TAP when it comes to delivering flights to Madeira. It has calculated that more than 200 flights failed to take off or land on the island so far this year, including 65 ............ more

BA expects growth. Car hire. Cookies.

BA to expand in Madeira

BA to expand presence in Madeira

According to RTP Madeira, BA will maintain their five weekly flights this summer, delivering 30,000 tourists to the island.  As of winter,  the TV station’s website says that British Airway’s “expectation is to carry 20% more passengers, totalling 42,000 ............ more

Lone sailor rescued. Fuel prices.

Lone sailor rescued - his boat escorted into port

Lone sailor rescued

The Diario reports that the Navy yesterday coordinated the rescue of a French-flagged sailboat, whose sole crew member, age 51, was suffering from severe back pain, necessitating medical assistance. The vessel was 8 nautical miles west of Porto Santo.
The ............ more

Ronaldo stars. Madeira’s credit rating.


Another Ronaldo hat-trick breaks more records

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 51st hat-trick last night in Portugal’s opening match of the World Cup in Russia. It was, by coincidence, the 51st hat-trick scored in the World Cup. In scoring his 82nd, 83rd and 84th career goals for Portugal he matched Puskas, ............ more

Madeira demographics. Monte fire. Jet2.

Demographics graphic

Madeira demographics

Many thanks to Mike who sent me a link to an interesting article published earlier this month detailing the breakdown of the demographics of the archipelago. The Jornal Economico headline reads “Madeira represents 2.5% of the population of Portugal, Region loses ............ more

More ferry details released.

Ferry timetable

Ferry tickets go on sale

The Journal reports that tickets for the new ferry, the Volcan de Tijarafe, go on sale today for July, August and September. It is the latest twist to a story that goes back to the closure of the previous ferry service at the ............ more

Atlantic Festival. Beach warning. Cherry festival.

Atlantic Festival

Atlantic Festival starts

A pyrotechnic team from Austria got the Atlantic Festival off to a start last night’ with a display fired from the Pontinha (photo from the Journal).
This year’s Atlantic Festival, which as always runs throughout June, features competing pyrotechnic ............ more

New Porto Santo flights. Electric cars.

Binter Porto Santo flights website

Binter commences Porto Santo flights

The Spanish company Binter Canarias SA takes over the air connections to Porto Santo this coming Tuesday, 5th June, with two daily flights in each direction. Prices for a round trip are from €137.50 for non-residents, and €72.50 for residents, while students from ............ more

Visa payment network crashes.

Visa card payments network crashes

Numerous news sources in the UK are reporting this evening that the Visa payment system (including Mastercard according to some) is not working as of around 5.00 pm. This is apparently affecting customers in Europe as well as the UK so it looks like this could be ............ more

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