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

Madeira airport operator takes control of Gatwick

Vinci Airports take over at Gatwick

Vinci Airports, who operate most Portuguese airports including Madeira, have have announced that they have signed an agreement to acquire an effective 50.01 per cent stake in Gatwick Airport, which is a freehold property airport. The transaction is expected to complete ............  ...read more

Multibanco cash machines “sold out”

Multibanco machine

Some Multibanco ATMs empty in Funchal

The Diario reports that some of the ATMs installed in central Funchal have “sold out” of money available for withdrawals due to demand over the three days of the Christmas season.
The replacement of the banknotes in the network of automatic terminals, ............  ...read more

Price rises in Portugal for 2019

House prices also to rise

The Portugal News reports that across the country prices will rise next year. Rents, tolls (how long before they arrive on Madeira’s only motorway?) and public transport are among the services that are set to go up during the first days of January, potentially ............  ...read more

Man dies in fall. Lidos reopen 27th.

New Lido, Funchal, reopens 27th

Fatal fall at Forum. Lidos reopen Thursday.

The Journal reports that the various lidos and bathing complexes along the seafront in Funchal will reopen after the Christmas holidays on the 27th of December.

The same newspaper’s website carries the unfortunate story that a man, aged 40, died tragically yesterday ............  ...read more

Atmospheric curiosities.

Ponta do Pargo lighthouse

Unusually high minimum temperatures

The Diario reports that on Market Night, the minimum temperature recorded at 2.50 in Funchal was 18.5 ºC. Even more remarkable was the temperature at dawn in São Vicente, where the ............  ...read more

AIDAnova debuts in Funchal today

AIDAnova on debut visit to Funchal today

Maiden voyage for gas-powered cruise ship

Thanks to Jaime for alerting the blog to the debut visit to Funchal by the AIDAnova, which is on its maiden voyage. The ship is notable as it is the first cruise ship in the world that can operate completely using liquefied ............  ...read more

Poor Christmas Eve weather

Poor weather forecast

Cloud and wind forecast for Christmas Eve

Poor weather forecast: According to forecasts by the Portuguese Met Office (IPMA) for Madeira today, not only will the sky will be very cloudy, but there is also the possibility of strong winds throughout the region.
The Madeira Archipelago is already under ............  ...read more

Market night.

Market night food stalls

Noite do Mercado

Tonight (23rd) sees the traditional Market night in Funchal, focused  on the streets around the Mercado dos Lavradores, where thousands of Madeirans congregate, in what Visit Madeira describes as a “contagious buzz”, which also appeals to many visitors, ............  ...read more

Majority of Portuguese trust the EU

Survey finds 55% trust the EU

The Diario reported yesterday that Portuguese are among the European citizens who most trust the European Union (EU), although this confidence has declined 2% since spring, according to a Eurobarometer survey.

The study, published yesterday by the European Commission, ............  ...read more

UK holidaymakers warned not to book after March

Brits advised to not book holidays

Number 10 spokesperson rejected the claim as “categorically untrue”

Thanks again to Peter for a link to a report in “The Week” that Downing Street has dismissed claims families will be advised not to book holidays after 29 March 2019, as part of contingency plans being drawn up to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.
It ............  ...read more

Yellow Vests to demonstrate in Funchal.

“Yellow Vest Type” protest in city centre today

The Diario is reporting that Funchal is listed as one of 17 locations across Portugal where what are described as “Yellow Vest Type” protests will be held today
In a press release, the Public Security Police (PSP) announced that, due to various protest ............  ...read more

easyJet offices in Lisbon overwhelmed

airport closure

Ten flights cancelled yesterday

Ten flights (in and out) of Madeira were lost yesterday due to the bad weather causing closure of the airport. The Diario reports on long queues “clogging” easyJet offices in Lisbon as endless queues of passengers looking for information on the cancelled ............  ...read more

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