More than 800 mountain rescues

… since 2017

JM headline: more than 800 mountain rescues

JM headlines the alarming fact that over the last five years, the Regional Civil Protection Service recorded more than 800 mountain rescues – an annual average of 160 search and rescue operations in the mountains of Madeira.

Today’s print edition of JM details that accidents resulting in mountain rescue operations occur with particular regularity in Santana and Calheta, although Funchal and Machico also appear at the top of the municipalities with more accidents in levadas and pedestrian trails. 

Quinhentista Market breaks all records

The same newspaper highlights that the Quinhentista Market, in Machico – reported on here – this year broke all records. Ricardo Caldeira, from the Organizing Committee, confesses that he has never seen “so many people”.

The Diario reports that as in previous days, on this last day of the 16th-century Market, the city of Machico is once again “on the rise”. With the downtown area once again swarming people, locals and outsiders, for the Mayor of Machico, Ricardo Franco, “this year’s edition is, a doubt, the best ever. The most attended and with the greatest influx of public, including “tourists”, highlights. He also notes that contributing to the “spectacular turnout of people” has been “the fantastic weather in the three days. Always with good weather”, he emphasizes. Factors where everything combined contributed to the success of this 15th edition of the 16th -century Market.

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The balance that anticipates this event, which is organized by Escola Båsica e Secundåria de Machico, in partnership the City Council “is extremely positive. Machico wins, the Region wins, and the Country Wins, because a lot of people who come here aren’t even from Portugal”,

Mayor of Machico, Ricardo Franco

Happy for the recovery, the mayor considers that “these events make perfect sense because they are authentic representatives of our culture, our history and also of the best we have to offer, which is our gastronomy”. He recalls that “people were hungry for these types of initiatives” because of the pandemic they had almost “cloistered themselves”, but fortunately “the great dictatorship of the pandemic is over that prevented people from relating and enjoying these events. They were therefore eager for the return of the 16th-century Market and other major events that are a hallmark of the Region.

COVID-19 in Madeira: updates can be found in an earlier post

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3 thoughts on “More than 800 mountain rescues”

  1. I agree with Sally. You generally have to pay for healthcare here so why not charge for mountain rescues!? Particularly when you obviously haven’t paid attention to safety conditions


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