Flights Spain to Porto Santo

This summer the Spanish air company ‘Hola-Airlines’ will be operating a charter flight to Porto Santo between the months of July and September.

The company will operate a Boeing 757-200 with capacity for 200 passengers and will fly a weekly connection between Spain and the island of Porto Santo. The company wants to contribute to increasing the number of visitors to Porto Santo, and, keeping in mind the steady growth in Spanish visitors to Madeira, this objective will definitely be achieved.

Source: Madeira Tourism Board

Murphy’s Law

Most tourists and holiday’s participants, who never worked nor were related to some kind of tourism organization, often do not realize what is going behinds the scenes of the tourism and travelling branch. Here on the island of Madeira we can notice this hidden world … where a large community is working hard and long … just to please the island visitor who is planning to spend his/her holiday … relaxing and enjoying the environment.

Unfortunately there are many visitors that think they are the only ones visiting the island … and get annoyed when things are not going well. Of course you get angry if there is a problem during your vacation … but in my case I try to solve it first and then try to figure out how it could happen … but preferably after my holiday. Regrettably some visitors make a big fuss out of this and do not realize that, if it was a human error, it is not always intentionally. Sentences such as ‘mistakes can happen’ are not in they vocabulary. And then they threaten with complaints and/or lawsuits against the travel institute or person.

They also do not realize that the island receives more than hundred of visitors per day … per day! … and all clients of the tourism and holiday community on the island … hotels, travel agents, guides, bus drivers, taxi drivers, restaurants, leisure agencies etc. I noticed that people in the holiday business here are working hard and long. Most of them are working from 7 pm till 9 am … and the Saturdays and Sundays are for most of them just working days.

For those who are planning to visit Madeira (or other destination in the world) … my message is the following:

Enjoy your holiday … even if when things go wrong. Help the people who are trying to solve your problem instead of making them more nervous with claims or threats. Rely on the fact that people are busy with your case … even you do not hear or see any immediate results. Of course if you have doubts …take contact with your travel agent. Be aware that Murphy’s Law especially applies to these kinds of areas where people are working 7 days per week … more than 12 hours per day … with hundred clients per day.

Back on the road

Dodge Brothers - Agostinho Spi­nola (fotografia)

Back from the past … the old Dodge Brothers (see image), 20 seats old-timer, is back on the Madeiran roads. The 73 years old piece of history is making trips between Funchal and Câmara de Lobos.

Source: Diário de Notícias da Madeira

Fresh Weekend

The company “Fresh Produções”, in an unusual initiative taking place between the 14th and 18th of June, is promoting the “Fresh Weekend” event, which, in addition to a musical component, also has other activities of great interest.

The “Quinta da Rochinha” lodge at Ponta de Sol and the Hotel Calheta Beach will be the hosts for this event where the philosophy is based on the “Fresh” spirit, in which ecological awareness, relaxation, nature and pure fun live together with culture and an urban life-style.

The objective is to promote Madeiras an attractive destination appealing to a young and active public. A special package, starting in Lisbon, has been created for people to attend this event and includes accommodation, guided visits to local cultural places and other sporting activities.

This event will have several high quality musical performances, with the highlights being “United Colors of Fresh”, “Barbecue 01” in Seixal, “Hi.Tech 01”in sunset format at Ponta do Sol lodge, and “Hi.Tech 02”.

Source: Madeira Tourism Board

Wallet size currency cheat sheet

What does the Madeira visitors from the UK, the US, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Asian countries, South Africa, Venezuela and others all have in common? When paying in Euros they ask themselves ‘How much does that cost in …’ their own currency?

There is a handy way to solve this. Travelocity offers a currency converter page that allows you to print off a cheat sheet that you can carry around with you in your purse or wallet. Select the conversion from Euros to your own currency; and you will have a comparison of price values based on the latest rates.

Link: Currency Converter

Flower Festival 2006

Yesterday was the main highlight of the traditional Flower Festival of Funchal, the parade of flower. More than 1000 of participants, mainly children, covered with the most beautiful flowers parading the streets of Funchal.

And as I am man of few words … let the pictures tell you how beautiful it was.

Click here to see more pictures

(Update 2006-05-01)
I saw more than hundred photographers walking yesterday around capturing the flower festival with their cameras and I was wondering how many of them will put it (also) online?

Daniel Jove (from Spain)

Non-tourist

For those who think that life on an island, such as Madeira, is about relaxing … sitting on a terrace …. enjoying the sun and a cold drink …

… that ONLY applies to the tourists! When you decide to live on Madeira than you are not a tourist any more. There is no hotel service … no room cleaning … there is no departure back to home …. And you will need to set-up a life that you normally had when you were in your home country. In fact … this is your new home country … and NOT your holiday destination. Your are part of the community in which you will be categorized as a foreigner resident on the island. You will feel that this time there will be no travel agent or guide waiting for you in the hotel or the airport with a sign. There will be no rental car waiting for you. There is no total of days or weeks you have left over before you leave the country / island and go back home. No …. you have a new home …. and you need to settle and get things organized yourself … a new life.

In other words: it is your turn now to look at the tourists … who a all relaxed … sitting on a terrace .. enjoying the sun and a cold drink …. looking at them while you are carrying 5 plastic bags full of groceries from Modelo going back towards … your home.