Animal Welfare

An organisation on mainland Portugal has launched an appeal to improve the legislation for the protection of animals, which I assume  if successful will have an impact on Madeira.

The website can be viewed in english. To sign it, go to

I have asked for more information ............ more

Taxi Fares – Smoke & Mirrors?

The paragraph at the bottom was taken from the official tourism site of Madeira, yet in the Díario de Noticías (3rd October) there was an article about taxi fares rising from €0.40 per kilometre to €0.42 from the new year (sooner in mainland). It also said that waiting time charges would rise ............ more

Easyjet Surprise Again!

Source : Diário de Notícias 6/10/2007

Following the introduction of new flights between Madeira and the UK this month, one could easily be fooled into thinking that’s it for now, but no …

Easyjet are to introduce new flights between Madeira and Lisbon, once the current ‘monopoly’ ............ more

Madeira – The Best All Round Climate In Europe?

Madeira – The Best All Round Climate In Europe?

 When searching for a European destination for a short break or holiday, surely Madeira Island offers the best climate of anywhere? So many people couldn’t even point to it on a map, and there is a common misconception that it sits in mainland ............ more


Source Diário de Notícias September 20, 2007

Fact – around half the population in Portugal don’t go to the dentist, because they can’t afford it. The trouble seems to be that there are so many dentists, that they are short of work, and consequently they have to charge high prices ............ more

Easyjet Flights

Source : Diário de Notícias 17/9/2007

I guess in part its old news now, but yesterday afternoon those fine people from Easyjet signed the necessary documents to allow the commencement of flights from the UK to Madeira at the end of next month. The deal is as follows:

1. Daily return flights from London ............ more

CaboTV Offerings

source – Diário de Notícias 13/9/2007

For those of you who have Cabo TV, you might like to know that by the end of the year you could have more than 100 TV channels, one of which will be for films and quality TV series, supposedly without any increase in price. Some of these channels ............ more

Flu / Gripe

source – Diário de Notícias 12/9/2007

Watch out for the gripe (flu) now Winter is approaching. During october you can buy your vaccination at chemists, priced between €7 and €8.50, depending on the brand. It was recommended for anyone over 65, especially if they live in an institution where ............ more

Car Insurance

source – A Guy In A Pub 30/8/2007

Actually, this guy is a teacher, and teachers are never wrong, eh! Apparently car insurance is set to rocket generally by up to 20%.

bloggers comment – Whilst I have no source to confirm this fact, my insurance premium each year over the ............ more

Generate Your Own Elecricity

source – Diário de Notícias 20/8/2007

Legislation due to be passed through the Madeiran Parliament next month will allow those who live on the island to generate their own electricity and sell it back to the ‘madeiran grid’. Using eco friendly methods such as solar power, fuel cells, ............ more


source – Diário de Notícias 14/8/2007

In an article about immigration to the island during 2006, it was reported that legally registered residents from foreign countries had increased by 71% during the year to 6,734 (2,538 in 2000). The biggest group of foreigners now on the island were from ............ more


Local News From The Madeiran Media & Other Snippets.

We don’t get much news of excitement here on the island. If you pick up the local newspapers you will find much about politics, sport and local events. We get very little crime, and most ............ more

Madeira News Blog – Tips & Help – Information Sheet

Welcome to the Madeira News Blog. The only source for up to date news for English speakers who live here or have an interest in Madeira. These guidance notes will help you read and search this blog, so it’s worth spending a few minutes.

We all know that ‘please read’ means boring, ............ more

Food & Drink, Home & Out – Information Sheet


The Madeirans love to go out and eat, and whilst it is very affordable for many western Europeans, it is comparatively expensive for many people on Madeira on minimum wage of around €500 per month.

Madeira has snack bars and restaurants in vast numbers from one end to the other. Most of ............ more

Emergency Procedures & Contacts – Information Sheet





In the event of injury or illness whilst on the Madeira, it is well equipped to deal with most problems locally, and if not it is not so ............ more

Buying, Selling & Renting Property On Madeira – Information Sheet

A Lay-Mans Guide To Buying Property On Madeira

There are numerous sources for finding property for sale, newspapers, websites, and estate agents being the most common. Those not advertised, but for sale, often display a sign “VENDE-SE”.

Having found the house you want to buy, take the attitude ............ more

Tax & Taxation On Madeira – Information Sheet

Tax Liability

If you live on Madeira either all of the time or most of the time, you automatically become resident for tax purposes for your Portuguese and worldwide income, regardless of whether you have a permit to work or reside on the island. Tax status is not a matter of choice, its a matter of ............ more

Obtaining Residency On Madeira – Information Sheet

If you (and your partner, if applicable) are citizens within a European country, without any nationality complications, you normally have the right to live, work and retire on Madeira if you comply with the laws and processes which govern this region of Portugal. However, you should check your circumstances ............ more

Health & Medical Care On Madeira – Information Sheet

Qualifying For Free Health Care Under The Portuguese Health Service.

If you are resident on Madeira, you are entitled to make use of the health service and enjoy the same benefits & standards of health care as a portuguese citizen with doctors & health centres. However, in order to obtain residency ............ more

Schools & Education On Madeira – Information Sheet


The school education system on Madeira falls under the remit of the Portuguese education system, although there are some important differences outside of the curriculum itself.

The school year commences late September for most students, and runs across 3 terms, with breaks at Christmas and ............ more

Banks, Finance, & Currency On Madeira – Information Sheet

Banks, Banking & Finance

Madeira is well blessed with banking organisations, with at least 7 banks well represented on the island. Outside of Funchal, which hosts the Bank Of Portugal and other international banking institutions, much smaller towns on Madeira will have branches of some if not most ............ more

Driving A Car On Madeira – Information Sheet

Important Things To Remember If Driving On Madeira

Please read the disclaimer at the bottom of this page.

1. If you are a tourist or visiting Madeira, you may hire a car. You cannot own and drive, or borrow a car, unless your licence has been registered with the driving authorities. Nearly all of the ............ more

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