Precious little news to report so far this year, but a little excitement expected for the locals with snow a possibility on higher ground over today and the weekend. Certainly it has been significantly colder over the last couple of days.
I have been using the CIIMAR weather app for Madeira for a while and have found it fairly accurate – that combined with the IPMA (Portuguese “Met Office”) website give a fairly accurate weather forecast for the autonomous region including Porto Santo. There is a link to the latter on the “Useful Links” tab above, whilst the CIIMAR-Madeira app can be found on the Apple Store here and for Android devices here
Lido delay until October
It was announced this week that the main lido west of Funchal, originally planned to re-open this summer, will not now open until probably late October. The redevelopment of the swimming complex, which has involved the complete demolition of much of the iconic old lido, is as a result of damage inflicted over many years by storms. The latest (3rd) phase of the work, costing €2 million is 85% funded by the EU – as well as the main pool there will be a couple of children’s pools, an extension to the promenade, and gardens with bars and restaurants. The new Lido will be administered by the municipal company Frentemar Funchal, which already looks after the majority of seafront facilities in the city. Part of the complex will have free access, with the rest being paid admission on a similar level to the other lidos at the back of the old town (Barreirinha) and Ajuda (Ponta Gorda) – around €5 per day last time I looked.
The noise involved with the work has caused some discussion on the TripAdvisor forum, with work starting as usual promptly at eight – I have to agree with some of the comments about the overly zealous use of jackhammers and pneumatic drills
São Roque fair on Sunday
This Sunday sees more than two dozen merchants participating in the XXIV Local Market at São Roque, a joint initiative of the local parish council and the City of Funchal, which will be held at the miradouro in the village. The fair aims to be an opportunity for local vendors to generate extra income selling their crafts and agricultural produce. The Diario also reports that this weekend.sees the start of a course in organic farming, sponsored by the Association of Young Farmers of Madeira and Porto Santo (AJAMPS).
Madeira has two hotels in the Top 25 Hotels in Europe prepared by TripAdvisor using its customer reviews: the Quinta Jardins do Lago at position 18 (above), and The Residence Porto Mare which ranks 23rd.
After one cancellation, the port of Funchal will welcome 26 cruise ships during the month of February. As usual very few (4) will stay overnight, as the operators prefer the 50,000 passengers (at maximum capacity) to be back on board spending money.
Cristiano Ronaldo turned 30 a couple of days ago , with a lot of publicity surrounding the occasion. The Mail online ran a huge “Special” celebrating his 30 best moments. One wonders how long this most famous Madeiran can continue his remarkable achievements……
No sooner had I written the preceding sentence it was announced that Ronaldo had been voted the best footballer ever to play in the Premier League (he was with Manchester United from 2003 to 2009). A survey conducted by Usurv for the Press Association in the UK placed Ronaldo significantly ahead of Thierry Henry and Ryan Giggs who finished second and third respectively.