Ferry, Ronaldo. Euro growth.

Ferry in Madeira

Ferry deadline extended

The vice-president of Madeira’s regional government, Pedro Calado, announced this week that the international call for bids to re-establish a ferry link between the island and mainland Portugal has been extended for 45 days. He explained that the extension to the latest deadline, which expired  last weekend, was because one of the potential bidders had asked ..................read more

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Body in bay. Air travel. Tunisia.

Body in bay

Body found in Funchal bay

The Maritime Police last night coordinated an operation to recover a body at the mouth of the ribeira de Santa Luzia at the easterly end of the bay of Funchal. The alert was given by telephone at just after 5.00pm  and an adult male body quickly detected. This was recovered by a vessel of the Captaincy of the Port of Funchal, landing at 6:15 pm at the Funchal ..................read more

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Carnival Video

Carnival Video

Struggling to find a good video of last night’s carnival parade in Funchal, so may replace this one later when more appear on YouTube

RTP Madeira have their usual highlights here.

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Grand Café. Carnival.

Grand Café

Grand Café opens

The new “Grand Café” opened its doors yesterday on the seafront in the centre of Funchal, in the  former TAP offices on the Avenida do Mar (below). The “Grand Café Penha d ‘Águia” deliberately lends its name from similarity-named establishments around the world – but wasn’t the Golden Gate previously known as “Grand ..................read more

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Weather….airport……update.

TAP A330

125km/h gusts recorded at airport

Looks like today is shaping up to be similar to yesterday, with strong winds and yet more rain out at the airport. Already two incoming flights and three departures have been officially cancelled, and I would guess that list will grow as the day progresses. Certainly nothing is moving so far.
The Diario reported yesterday that TAP Air Portugal intended to ..................read more

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Weather warning – Porto Santo ferry already cancelled. Airport.

Agitated weather in Funchal port

Weather warning for next few days

The Diario tonight reports that the Portuguese Navy and the National Maritime Authority have warned of worsening conditions of the state of the sea in the archipelago of Madeira, advising against pedestrians using seafront walkways and recommending the return of any vessels to their nearest ports. Based on the forecasts of the Portuguese “Met Office”, ..................read more

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