Praia Formosa. Blue flags. Jardim dos Sabores.

Praia Formosa

Praia Formosa

Today’s Diario reports that Câmara do Funchal will spend €80,000 on improved pedestrian access to the beach at Praia Formosa.

Blue flags

Blue flag above Ponta GordaMeanwhile, 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

Jardim PanorâmicoThe14th 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?

Porto Santo campsite

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!

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23 Responses to Praia Formosa. Blue flags. Jardim dos Sabores.

  1. Mike Walsh Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 10:45 #

    > Today’s Diario reports that Câmara do Funchal will spend €80,000 on improved pedestrian access to the beach at Praia Formosa.

    Hard to see how. OK. The tunnel is occasionally a bit wet but otherwise there have been no problems in getting to Praia Formosa using the path from the Lido.

    There’s actually more problem in getting by foot from the Praia Formosa up to the road that later goes past the Madeira Forum as first the road upwards goes underneath a bridge where there is no room for a pavement (and where there is a pavement afterwards only on the left side, so you need to cross); and then later you need to cross (back) the busy road to get to the right-side where there is initially the only pavement.

    If they could cut a path before that bridge directly up to (the right-side!) the main road that would help a lot. Somehow I doubt if that is what they have in mind.

  2. jorge Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 10:51 #

    ” … ridiculously long school holidays here.”

    What a silly thing to say.

    We don’t have more school holdays here than anyone else, but as we don’t have half term holidays as in your country, the summer holidays are extended.

  3. Davidd Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 11:43 #

    On our annual winter visit we look forward to our Sunday walk to Praia Formosa through the tunnel or if closed along the road to have a long lunch at Barra Azul where we have a lovely lunch with Vino Tinto overlooking the Atlantic and watching the World walk by. Magical!!

    Certainly on a Sunday the walk up to the road afterwards full of food and alcoholic fuel has not been a problem and easier than the long haul up the steps alternative

  4. Admin Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 19:19 #

    Jorge – a lot of local schools finished 6th June this year, or shortly after for younger students, and some are not scheduled to return until mid September. I take your point about half-terms, but they do get Carnival as well as Christmas and Easter.

  5. jorge Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 10:19 #

    What gives you the right to criticise or mock our education calendar here! You are there hidden and anonymous, writting about a subject you do not understand, and probably comparing it with your ‘perfect english’ education system. Such arrogance!

    For your information I and my family and my friends like the long summer holidays together, and although I cannot speak for the whole island, I would guess that most madeirans have the same opinion. We have a democracy here, and we elect the best people to decide how our education system is going to work, and while it is not perfect, it does work well. Are you speaking for all the english when you mock our eductaion calendar?

    A piece of advice for free: write your inaccurate and opinionated blogs, as we allow free speech here, but when you want to criticise unfairly my island because it does not meet your english high standards, expect some negative feedback up there in your ivory tower.

  6. Mike Walsh Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 17:00 #

    The Finnish schools finished even earlier on the 2nd of June and will start again around the 12th of August.

    Here tourist Industry businesses would prefer it if the school holiday period was at least until the end of August because the children/youth go back to school just as many tourists arrive (and the weather typically is still fine).

    It should be noted (as anyone visiting hotels on Madeira or the Canary Islands will have noted!) that they have one week “recreation” holiday roughly end October and one week “skiing” holiday roughly mid-February (staged so covering three week periods each time). I.e. they too “lose” two weeks for the Finnish equivalent of half-term.

    If Madeira wasn’t an all-year holiday destination, I’d be inclined to think that the longer summer holiday in Madeira had something to do with providing help for tourist industries of the kind that the Finnish tourist industry is clamouring for every year.

  7. Admin Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 18:36 #

    Just my observations Jorge – nothing arrogant, mocking, or opinionated about them – apologies if you see it that way. We have a lot of locals friends with young families who face major problems and expense with childcare over the extended summer break.

    Thanks for reading the blog and responding.

  8. Jane Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 19:17 #

    We have an apartment with a shared pool which is taken over by unattended children from June to September every year

  9. Steve Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 13:09 #

    Wow Jorge, admin just made a simple comment and your reply was way over the top, are you saying that residents of Madeira that were born elsewhere but who now reside here are not allowed to have a say in how the island is run or to even comment on the system, even if we work and pay taxes. your reply would have been considered racist in the UK and most likely would have come from UKIP or EDL members.
    It reminds me of when i first went to Jersey and i met my beautiful Madeiran wife, if we commented negatively on any aspect of Jersey life we were told in no uncertain terms that there was a plane or a boat that left every day and we can go home anytime we wished, we had to fight hard to overcome this racism, surely you are not saying that admin cannot criticise anything in Madeira just because they are not Madeira born.

  10. Sergio Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 21:38 #

    We the portuguese voters elect and appoint our politicians and public employees within our democracy, and they then design and implement laws and policies in health, education, economy etc.

    We madeirans are also guilty of judging others by our own standards, as are admin and other busybodies sticking their noses into other peoples or nations business. But whether we or foreigners agree or not with how things work in Madeira, those who choose to publish their unjustified and unwanted opinions should expect some sort of response from those who don’t agree. Is that not what this open blog solicits?

    What was the yardstick used to judge that school summer holidays in Madeira are rediculously excessive? I for one did know that one existed?

    Calling people racists for disagreeing with a pointless and provocative observation is itself very provocative and stupid, and just shows that the mentality of a minority of blog contributors leaves a lot to be desired.

  11. mauricereed Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 23:43 #

    I’m a Brit who visits Madeira frequently. How Madeirans run their island is their business. I don’t get involved with local politics. I love the island and it’s people hence visiting yearly for over 20 years. I often see things that make me wonder what was behind the decision but It’s NOT my island so I shrug my shoulders and have another Coral. Náo problemo.

  12. Steve Friday, June 16, 2017 at 14:29 #

    Sergio, are you saying that only Madeirians should have a say in how this island is run and that all the foreigners that live here should keep quiet and keep their opinions to themself, dont you see how arrogant you sound and how racist that comment is, am i a second class citizen who should sit in the corner and keep quiet or should i be allowed the freedom given to me under art 19 of the human rights laws that we have all signed up to.
    Madeira is my home and i have the right to my opinion no matter where i was born- even if that opinion is stupid in your eyes,

  13. jorge Friday, June 16, 2017 at 14:41 #

    I think you just want to fight with everybody Steve, take a tip from mauricereed, and go home and relax.

  14. Steve Friday, June 16, 2017 at 17:13 #

    I am home, it’s Garajau Madeira.

  15. Brian Friday, June 16, 2017 at 17:59 #

    I do not see what the problem is here. We would all agree that it is important that children have the maximum time at school to study and learn. In England the statutory number of days in schools is 191. Forget holidays and Half terms, the number is the important issue here. Can anyone find out the statutory number of days in school for Madeira, I am having difficulty finding this out from the internet. Then we can put this issue to rest.

  16. Carlos Friday, June 16, 2017 at 18:48 #

    I recall being told many years ago that Madeira is different from the rest of Portugal because a lot of the teachers come from the mainland on nine-month contracts. No idea if this is still the case, but if it is it would make sense.

  17. mauricereed Friday, June 16, 2017 at 19:53 #

    The length of the academic year is irrelevant. If the youth of the island are receiving a full education then that is all that matters.

  18. Jo Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 08:51 #

    My grandson was educated in Madeira from age 6 to age 13. Both primary and secondary schools were excellent . Both schools did not tolerate bullying or disruptive behaviour, hence the children were able to learn . On his return to the uk , my grandson was accepted into a fantastic school near Cheltenham, which had the best ratings. We found however , that he was at least 12 sometimes 18 months ahead in his education . I have nothing but good things to say about the education in Madeira .

  19. Joanne Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 18:24 #

    If we can move on from arguing the rights and wrongs of Madeiran schooling, regarding Praia Formosa, in addition to the refurbishing of the area on the beach, it would be good if someone in authority would look into the appalling car parking. Since the Welsh family closed the car park at the bottom of the (now private) road, the alternative car park at the Eastern end of the beach is full by 9.30 in a morning. After that cars are now being parked half on the pavement leading to the Hotels (Pestana) meaning walking towards the Hotels is dangerous, on a narrow curving road, although the police go onto the beach area for coffee on a regular basis, nothing happens to the numerous number of illegally parked cars. Last year a large area was allocated at the top of the steep hill to the main road, but the walk to the beach is too far and the hill very steep, so it was rarely used. There are often days when we can’t park the car so go away, other days when the bus times to Sao Martinho are not convenient. Really bad for the cafes,locals and visitors alike, taxis often can’t get clients near to the beach and the situation gets worse as the weather improves.

  20. Anneke Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 23:12 #

    www dot facebook dot com slash BeRemarkable2 slash videos slash 197990900710284

    Interesting video about schools in Finland.

  21. Don Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 10:25 #

    Hi Does anyone know anywhere in Madeira where i can buy sawdust or wood shavings suitable for a fish smoker.

  22. Karen Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 12:50 #

    I don’t know where on the island you are ,but if you are in Arco area there is a big wood yard on the road just beyond Loreto. They must have loads of shavings and saw dust. we have found them very helpful and friendly when we have wanted bits of wood for things.

  23. Davidd Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 22:11 #

    We don’t drive whilst in Madeira but endorse the comment made by Joanne about parking at Praia Formosa it must be very frustrating for locals. We also note the reduction in numbers of sporting events on a Sunday there which I suppose is a result of the situation

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