Doca do Cavacas open again
The popular bathing area at Doca do Cavacas has re-opened after a temporary closure due to some local pollution. I suspect this is washed along the shore from the river (Ribeira dos Socorridos) that enters the sea between Praia Formosa and Câmara de Lobos. The small bar there that opened last year is proving popular – entry is free if you are simply visiting the bar rather than using the bathing facilities.
National Geographic accolade
A story that appeared a while ago, but I forgot to feature; Madeira has succeeded in appearing among the 10 best destinations to visit for a summer holiday, according to the list published by National Geographic magazine. Highlighting the Levadas as an essential place to visit “if you’re feeling adventurous”, the magazine describes the open channels carrying water to the population as an unmissable visit for all tourists with a sense of adventure. Nonetheless, it notes that the Levadas “present various levels of difficulty”, advising tourists to exercise caution when choosing their route.
Fire risk areas cleared
The regional secretary for the Environment and Natural Resources of Madeira, Susana Prada, announced this week that the partnership established between private individuals and the government of the archipelago for the cleaning of land to prevent fires has already cleared 145 hectares that were deemed to be high risk.
The Regional Government is cleaning another 27 hectares of forest land, mainly scrub, which is highly combustible, in the area surrounding Meia Serra waste treatment station (near Camacha, I think?). The operation will be done during the next three months, in an investment of €50,000 that aims to reduce the risk of fire in that area. In the fall it will be necessary to reforest to reduce the risk of soil erosion.The regional executive has been performing cleanings on both land owned by the region and on private land since, since June 15, the Operational Plan to Combat Forest Fires has been active in Madeira, and is in progress until October 15. The island has funding of up to 85% through a regional program to support.