Tourism grows again. Golden Gate. Madalena do Mar.

More than one million visitors in nine months

Tourism in FunchalTuesday’s Journal reported that the latest figures for the first nine months of this year show sustained growth in in tourism in the region, with an increase of 8.9% in overnight stays and 17.6% in room income compared to the same period in 2015.
According to a press release by the Regional Secretariat for the Economy, Tourism and Culture there is a growth of around 10.5% in the actual number of visitors, while total revenues generated by the tourism sector grew 15.9%. Hotels saw occupancy rates increase by 4.9% on the previous year, whilst revenue per room increased by a remarkable 16.3%. Between January and September 2016, Madeira welcomed more than 1,060,000 tourists, giving rise to 5,723,807 overnight stays in regional hotels, which this year are averaging an occupancy rate of just over 70%. Total revenues from tourism (not quite sure how this is measured?) amounted to more than €294 million. All in all, a pretty good picture as the island benefits from being seen as a “safe” holiday destination.

Golden Gate for sale

Golden Gate sale brochure

The “Golden Gate” cafe has finally been put up for sale, with a price tag of €2 million. The landmark cafe got into financial difficulties in 2014 – reported here at the time.

Madalena do Mar tunnel

Madalena do Mar

A recent drive on the main south coast road which most travellers see as an extension of the Via Rapida to Calheta, revealed work apparently being completed on the tunnel that will take traffic away from the coastal village of Madalena do Mar. The entrance to both ends of the tunnel have been there for quite a while – one as the main route from Ponto do Sol reaches the coast and the other above Madalena as the tunnel begins to Arco da Calheta. The latter tunnel has been open for a few years, but the section beneath the hillside pictured above never completed until now. Probably a good time to invest in property in Madalena.

Speaking of tunnels the Diario leads today with a story about the air pollution levels being far in excess of the official limits in four tunnels on the island where it was recently monitored.

“Bride’s Veil” waterfall and Seixal

Great video of the “Bride’s Veil” waterfall and the Seixal coastline on YouTube

8 Responses to Tourism grows again. Golden Gate. Madalena do Mar.

  1. Carlos Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 18:34 #

    Looking at the waterfalls video it looks like part of the old road between Sao Vicente and Porto Moniz – I remember it well!! – has completely collapsed.

  2. Karen Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 20:35 #

    2 puppies were left outside our local village bar on Sunday. After worrying about them all day I went and collected them on Sunday evening. Tried to take them to SPAD on Monday. Refused as they said they were from outside Funchal, and SPAD only take dogs from Funchal. Told me to speak to local Camara. As we are returning to Uk on Saturday there was some time pressure. I was eventually told to speak to VET Funchal.
    Eduardo Teixeira , the vet there , runs a charity alongside his veterinary practice and offers free spaying to anyone who is unable to afford it for their pet. He also has a scheme for spaying strays and then returning them to their neighbourhood once recovered. They have spayed over 4000 animals for free since 2012. I would just like to bring his charity to peoples’ attention because he is doing wonderful work and having spoken ito him at length he is totally dedicated to the animals.
    He does not have kennel facilities but had a dog there the day I visited ,who had been brought in by the owner, requesting euthanasia. He had refused to euthanase a healthy dog and was taking it home with him each night until he could find it a home.
    Thankfully for the puppies we agreed that I will pay for vaccination , microchip , worming etc and he will try to find them a home. Let’s hope it turns out to be a good one.
    His charity is ” associacao Madeira Animal Welfare. ” AMAW. They have a facebook page. If anyone is looking for a way to make a small contribution to alleviate animal suffering in Madeira his charity would ,in my opinion ,be a great choice
    Sorry for such a long post.

  3. Lusia Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 21:24 #

    Very well done to you Karen, it is a big problem on Madeira island with all animals, and I don’t believe the government is doing anything to help this , have not heard of anyone getting fines or prosecuted. I don’t see why micro-chipping not checked more and those with animals not chipped, should be made to pay a large fine, and this money go to the charities on the Island.

  4. Ruth Patterson Friday, November 18, 2016 at 08:13 #

    What a great story Karen. Where is this vet to be found?

  5. neal Friday, November 18, 2016 at 08:24 #

    Well done Karen. Just noticed that the £ has gone over 1.17€ this morning – a massive improvement on 3 weeks ago

  6. Karen Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 13:28 #

    Vet Funchal is in Rua da Caboqueira.
    it is actually marked on the standard tourist map that they give out free In tourist info offices.
    if you go up the road from the Rotunda do Infante , past Dolce vita on your right and bus station car park to your left .
    The first roundabout you get to , just above bus station, there are some steps you go up on the left just over the pedestrian crossing and it is up a street there. On junction with Rua das Maravilhas.
    Saw a different vet this time Catia. Equally helpful.

  7. Danny Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 13:28 #

    What a wonderful thing to do Karen – Thank you from a fellow animal lover.

  8. LINDA LAPPCHEN Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 13:17 #


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