Today’s Diario reports that Câmara do Funchal will spend €80,000 on improved pedestrian access to the beach at Praia Formosa.
Meanwhile, as the summer season begins, blue flags have been hoisted above Praia Formosa, the main Lido, and the Ponta Gorda bathing complex – the latter saw an event to mark the occasion yesterday, including a workshop on “healthy eating at the beach”! All nicely coinciding with the start of the ridiculously long school holidays here.
Jardim dos Sabores
The14th to 18th of this month sees a joint initiative between Frente Mar Funchal, the São Martinho Parish Council and the Câmara Municipal do Funchal, at the Jardim Panorâmico, which hosts the 4th “Jardim dos Sabores” gastronomic festival. Visitors “can taste gastronomic experiences to the sound of ambient music and much animation” according to the publicity material. The gardens, which look in better shape nowadays compared to a few years ago, can be found below the Estrada Monumental, half-way between the Lido and Ajuda, accessed either from either the top at the end of the one-way system or directly from the seafront walkway. Hours are midday to midnight.
16.6.17: Correction to above – the event seems to be taking place not in the Jardim Panorâmico as promoted by the Tourist Authority, but on the seafront between there and the “new” Lido, in front of the Porto Mare – directly on the seafront promenade.
Frente Mar Funchal is the organisation that has traditionally administered the lidos and other public spaces in Funchal, but also seems to have recently moved into managing car-parking. It seems to be doing well on the back of local authority contracts.
Porto Santo campsite to reopen?
The political organisation CDU/Madeira is calling for urgent action to be taken to reopen the campsite on Porto Santo. They are requesting that the Regional Parliament implements immediate measures to reverse the degradation of the facility. Not a bad place for a campsite when you think about it – at Fontinha, just a minute from one of the best sandy beaches in Europe!