Botanical Art Workshop and Exhibition

Angie Gray, Member of the Society of Botanical Artists and a good friend whose talented work has featured on the blog for many years, has asked that we publicise a one-day workshop which she is holding on April 26th. Having featured her last ............  ...read more

Calheta rockfall. Poor weather set to continue.

Calheta rockfall

Rockfall in Calheta

The Journal reports recreational port of Calheta has been closed for two days a large boulder fell on the road there, narrowly missing a bus. Regional Government workers will repair the damage and assess the situation. The port has been temporarily closed as a security measure.

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Strong winds continue. Cruise ships cancel.

Wind forecast

Strong winds continue

Strong winds continued overnight, and the airport does not appear to be working fully so far this morning – the usual 05.30 flight left for Lisbon, but since then the estimated times of arrivals and departures have been pushed back. The graphic above is today’s ............  ...read more

Poor weather. Airport conditioned.

Pico do Areeiro

Poor weather

The poor weather that seems to be the pattern just recently saw strong winds and rain overnight. Some snow fell on the inland peaks yesterday. The access road to Pico do Areeiro was closed due to the snowfall (pictured by RTP Madeira). The road  between Eira do ............  ...read more

Rough seas. NRP Douro. Brexit reversal.

Rough seas

Rough seas and cloud forecast

The Diario reports that the Port Authority of Funchal has received from the Portuguese Met Office (IPMA) a notice of prolongation of the maritime agitation, which will last until 6 pm today. Waves on the north coast will be between 3 and 4 metres. ............  ...read more

Porto Santo ferry returns.

Porto Santo Ferry maintenance complete

The maintenance of the Porto Santo ferry, the “Lobo Marinho”, is almost complete according to its operator, Porto Santo Line, according to a video posted on Facebook. The ferry plans to leave the shipyards of Viana do Castelo on the mainland on January ............  ...read more

Flu. Safe tap water. Airport.

Dr Nelio Mendonca Hospital Funchal

Flu outbreak continues

In the current flu (“gripe” locally) season, authorities in Madeira have reported seven hospitalisations due to influenza A. Of these, five have been discharged and two remain in intensive care. There have been two people, neither of whom had been vaccinated, ............  ...read more

Quinta Jardins do Lago. Euro high.

Quintas Jardins do Lago

Quinta Jardins do Lago among best hotels in the world

The Quinta Jardins do Lago in Funchal is the sole Portuguese hotel to feature in the top 25 in the world according TripAdvisor’s’ Travellers’ Choice 2018. It emerges as 22nd in the world ranking and described ............  ...read more

TAP strike. Café do Teatro closed.

TAP strike

TAP strike called for Carnival

The Portugal News reports that cabin crew from Portuguese flag carrier TAP are going on strike between 9 and 11 February and plan partial stoppages in March as they say they cannot come to an agreement with the management of the company about “violations of ............  ...read more

Weather warning. Air travel.

Weather warning for strong seas

Weather warning

The Diario report that IPMA, the Portuguese “Met Office”, have raised the weather warning to Orange due to the heavy seas predicted for the next few days. The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere has placed the north coast of Madeira and Porto ............  ...read more

Airport problems. Pico Arieiro. SPAD

Flight radar image of Funchal airport

Airport problems again.

A few problems at the airport early this morning. Fortunately the airport was not very busy and the situation quickly returned to normal. I am keen not to overplay any difficulties due to the winds at Santa Cruz – particularly when it is only a couple of relatively ............  ...read more

Gray day forecast

The Diario reports this morning that a gray day (or should it be “grey day”?) is forecast with rainy periods in some areas of Madeira by IPMA, the Portuguese Met Office, for today (Tuesday). The sky will generally be very cloudy and periods of generally ............  ...read more

Câmara de Lobos. Santo Amaro. Credit card fees end.

Câmara de Lobos to stage mega bolo-rei

Câmara de Lobos to stage mega bolo-rei

RTP report that for the fifth consecutive year, the municipality of Câmara de Lobos promotes the presentation of a mega-king cake. The typical bolo-rei at the event has previously been around 150 metres in total length and have an approximate total weight of 250 ............  ...read more

Ronaldo at Pico dos Barcelos. Marella Dream.

Ronaldo poses with trophies at Pico do Barcelos

Ronaldo poses with 15 most important awards

Football newspaper A Bola report that Cristiano Ronaldo “took advantage of his presence in Madeira at the start of the year to mark the achievement achieved in 2017 by becoming the player with the most individual prizes in football history”. Rather immodestly ............  ...read more

“Tranquilo Natal” police operation.

Traffic offences over New Year

The Diario  reported a few days ago that across the whole of Portugal, the police (specifically the GNR, responsible for road traffic policing) registered 2,825 speeding offences and 308 for driving under the influence of alcohol during the five days of a police ............  ...read more

Fireworks video

The first videos of the 2018 New Year’s Eve firework display are beginning to appear

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