Porto Santo protest
Last Friday the civic movement “Somos Porto Santo” organised a protest against the “conditions of isolation” imposed on the island of Porto Santo. The loss of the last direct flight between Lisbon and Porto Santo during the summer was the main reason behind the civic association convening the protest march, as citizens got together and headed to Porto Santo Airport with black candles and banners to express their concern. Reported in the Diario, spokesman Francisco Oliveira said “The state can and should do more for Porto Santo. The State is resigning from its obligations”. Protest organisers are also concerned about the rising cost of travel and time spent to get to, or leave, Porto Santo, and consider that isolation brings serious losses in economic and social terms to the island.
According to the statistical data of the Regional Secretariat of Culture, Tourism and Transport for the period 2009 – 2013, “national tourism” accounted for 46.6% off visitors to Porto Santo, with the UK a long distance behind in 2nd place (28.7%). With now only two daily connections from Porto Santo to Funchal in aircraft limited to18 seats, the travelling time for tourists, businessmen, students or family to Porto Santo from Lisbon can take more than 10 hours and entail increased costs according to the civic movement.
New restaurant at Pico dos Barcelos
November 1st will see a new restaurant by the name of “Quinta Estação” open at Pico dos Barcelos, the work of five immigrant entrepreneurs from Venezuela. The “Fifth Season” is apparently inspired by the “Alazan”, a famous restaurant in Caracas, Venezuela, and follows the Argentine method of preparing and serving various meats. Argentinian meats will be the specialty, including some prepared on a spit, but the menu will also include international dishes, with an emphasis on Spanish and Venezuelan cuisine. There is already a cafe/restaurant, also in San Antonio, with a Venezuelan influence – can’t remember the name – but it is quite good, if a little unhealthy, as it involves a lot of deep-frying!
Heat warning continues
Hot weather will continue at least until tonight (Monday). Both the North and the South coasts of Madeira are under yellow weather warning (3 on a scale of 4) due to “the persistence of higher values for maximum temperature”, according to IPMA, the Portuguese “Met Office” (link on the “Useful Links” tab above).The current warning came into effect on Saturday.
Amazing the power of “social media” nowadays. The link posted on the previous blog to the You Tube video of planes attempting to land at the airport last Monday was also posted on the blog’s Facebook page where it quickly reached over 12,000 people, despite being quickly picked up on by others. Meanwhile the blog and it’s parent site remains in the top 1500 busiest websites in Portugal, and the associated Instagram site has attracted nearly 4,200 followers in a relatively short time. The blog regularly has over 1200 (mostly returning) visitors each day. Thank you all!