New Year’s Eve hotels sold out …

… at €160 – €200 per head

RTP Madeira report that some hotels holding special events for New Year’s Eve have been sold out at €160 – 200 per head for tonight’s celebrations.

The TV station is covering the firework display in Funchal live here for those who cannot attend in person.

The show assembled ............ more

26,000 passengers in Funchal tonight

Records broken for cruise ship visitors

The Diario reports that for the first time on a New Year’s Eve, the Port of Funchal will receive 13 cruise ships that bring a total of almost 26,000 people, including passengers and crew.

Until 4:00 pm, there was movement of passengers and crew from the four moored ships, “AIDAstella”, ............ more

Ronaldo arrives in Madeira for New Year

Ronaldo arriving at Madeira Airport

CR7 lands on a private flight in time for celebrations

Ronaldo arrives for the New Year: The Diario reports that the Madeiran footballing star has just landed at the airport named after him on a private flight from Italy.

CR7 will see in the New Year in Madeira and also participate in his mother’s birthday, who turns 65 today as previously reported ............ more

Nine cruise ships already in Funchal

Passengers enjoy perfect weather

The Diario reports that 9 out of the 13 cruise ships expected today in Funchal for New Year’s Eve are already in Funchal bay – a city full of tourists enjoying magnificent weather. They have published the video below.

Thanks again to Jaime for the photo below of the Queen Vic arriving this ............ more

Armada approaches!

Armada of cruise ships approac Funchal

Thirteen cruise ships jockey for position

Thanks to Jaime for sending in the attached graphic from earlier this morning, with a headline “the Armada approaches”: He still makes it 13 in total, all coming up from Canaries ( the one going the other way is AIDAnova which departed at 23:00 last night ).

The Port Authority has ............ more

Ronaldo arrives this afternoon …

Ronaldo with his mother Delores Aveiro

… on his mother’s birthday

The Diario notes that Dolores Aveiro, the mother of Cristiano Ronaldo, celebrates today 65 years of life. The matriarch of “Clan” Aveiro marks another anniversary and, unlike at Christmas, will today have the presence of Ronaldo who arrives in Madeira this afternoon to mark his mother’s ............ more

Minor injuries in basket sledge crash

Descent from Monte in a toboggan ends in an accident

Various sources report that four people (five on FN’s website) have suffered minor injuries today following the crash this afternoon of one of the traditional wicker basket sledges on the descent from Monte.

One refused to be transported to the hospital. The toboggan ride accident also caused ............ more

Santa Catarina park open tomorrow …

… for one of the best views of the fireworks

The Diario reports that Funchal City Council have announced that tomorrow, December 31st, Santa Catarina Park will be open until 2 am, due to the New Year celebrations that will take place throughout the Funchal. The park, with panoramic views over the bay of Funchal, can be enjoyed by all families ............ more

Lidos open in “summer” weather …

New lido

… but two closed for installation of fireworks

The Diario reports that the bathing complexes managed by  Frente MarFunchal are now in normal operation, except for Barreirinha and Lido Poente, which are closed due to the installation of fireworks for tomorrow’s New Year’s Eve.

The summer weather in the middle of winter dictates ............ more

9 dead and 38 injured over Christmas

Christmas and New Year operation on Portugal’s roads

JM reports nine people dead and 38 seriously injured in more than 2,260 accidents recorded by GNR (the organisation responsible for policing the country’s roads) from December 20 until yesterday under the “Christmas and New Year” operation across the whole of Portugal.

According ............ more

Series of fires on the island

Hot weather to continue

As the year draws to a close the prevalent news stories seem to concern series of minor fires that have been breaking out in different locations on the island. For more details of smaller news stories, have a look at the automated news feed/auto-translate website

The photo opposite ............ more

Drug use triggers plane emergency

Hallucinating youth causes problems on Lisbon flight

A 19-year-old is believed to have taken drugs before travelling on a TAP flight from Oslo, Norway to Lisbon. According to Correio da Manhã, drug use by the 19-year-old led Lisbon airport to trigger emergency services.

The same source reports that the boy was on a TAP flight from Oslo, Norway, ............ more

Porto Santo busy for New Year’s Eve

Another 300 tourists for Porto Santo

The Diario reports that Porto Santo will welcome today, December 29th, 300 more tourists from Lisbon and Italy who have chosen the Golden Island for New Year’s Eve.

Tourists arrive on two charter flights. The first is due to land early in this morning at 9:05 am from Lisbon. Onboard ............ more

Lido now open tomorrow …

… due to the very good weather!

The Diario reports that Frente MarFunchal, the organisation that manages most of the seafront facilities in Funchal, has just issued a short announcement on opening hours tomorrow, Sunday. Briefly, the Lido Poente Beach Complex will be open, while Barreirinha, in the Old Town, will remain closed. ............ more

New Year’s Eve weather

Jet stream indicates good New Year's Eve weather in Funchal

Weather forecasts look good

New Year’s Eve weather

Resident weather expert Jaime has risked his 100% record and predicts near-perfect weather for the New Year’s celebrations in Funchal – fine, dry and a light Northerly breeze to clear the smoke from the firework display out to sea. In fact, the Jet Stream forecast has predicted the same ............ more

Big clean-up planned

Municipal workers clean-up Funchal streets

New Year’s Day will see a small army of municipal workers

Funchal City Council sent a press release to newsrooms detailing that, on New Year’s Day 2020, the work of the clean-up after the New Year’s Eve festivities in Funchal will start at 7:00 am, with a total of 107 workers, including drivers, cleaners, housekeepers and service managers.

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New Year’s events in Funchal

Christmas Village - Town Hall Square, where events will be held over New Year

Full program over the next 7 days

Both local newspapers have published a list of a series of cultural, educational and social events organized by Funchal City Council over the New Year period, to which it invites the entire population.

The events start today, Saturday, December 28, and continue during the next week until January 3.

Details ............ more

Appeal for missing dog …

Reward poster for missing dog

… reward raised to €450

Moynihan’s Irish Bar has raised the reward for finding their missing dog to €450. Link to Sinead’s Facebook page below.

Boxing Day on the beach

Praia Formosa, where a few dozen enjoyed a Boxing Day swim

Praia Formosa popular in the sunshine

The Diario reports that dozens of people enjoyed a sunny Boxing Day swim in Funchal. The day was reminiscent of summer, with the maximum temperature exceeding 26 degrees and seawater at around 21ºC, Praia Formosa was a popular stopping point on Thursday, December 26.

Among the many dozens who ............ more

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