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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Só Espeto Gaula

Só Espeto  Restuarant in Funchal, closed its doors on Monday 9th March. The restaurant had been open for 10 years and served the traditional Espetada (beef on skewers) as well as suckling pig, roast Bacalhau and chicken on the spit.

Só Espeto Funchal

Manuel Henriques owner of the restaurant, is now on the move from Funchal, and has a large property in Gaula. The large Villa, a familiar site to many as it is right at the exit to Madeira Cash, and has been empty for many many years. Construction work has been going on for 6 months now, and the new site for Só Espeto is almost ready to be opened.
Saturday 28th March will be the Inauguração of the new restaurant, and will be Alberto João Jardim's last opening, with him standing down and elections taking place on Sunday.

Só Espeto will have 3 Private Function rooms, Large main restaurant, large bar area, swimming pool with bar, and a Library/Cigar Cognac room. 

I have an album of photos on Flickr of how the building was just as work began to start, surprisingly the stained glass windows were all still in perfect condition as to was the library, which is amazing as the property has been vandalised and used by addicts over the years it has been closed up.

I will post more photos of the Inauguração after Saturday. My partner Nelio will be the manager, and will be happy to meet you and welcome you to this new eating experience.
Keep an eye on my blog for discounts and special offers over the coming months.

Easyjet flights

Easyjet have released their winter flights. If you are planning to visit Madeira over Christmas or the New Year,  now is the time to book.
Thanks to Emily for giving me the heads up.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lyme Disease

My good friend Samantha Cox has written about Lymes Disease, a disease she now has.
Although very rare in Madeira, it seems that a few cases have been recognised recently.

Click below to read her full story.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


Madeira is on a yellow alert warning till 6pm today for rain which could be thundery at times. Rain is much needed on the island as it has been one of the driest winters.  There is also a yellow alert in place for strong seas film 3pm.

Some other news which will please many is the tunnel at Praia Formosa was reopened yesterday. This tunnel was closed (and is frequently closed) after bad weather earlier in the year.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Snow on the Peaks

Snow has fallen on the peaks today with the lower temperatures that were forecast for the next few days. Most other places on the island have had some much needed rain after one of the driest winters in 150 years.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Feeling Colder

The weather has started to feel colder now. Over the next few days there will be a drop in temperature  with cloud and light rain on northern slopes. Snow is also possible over the next few days on the highest peaks.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sugar Cane Festival

The annual sugar cane festival in Canhas Ponta do Sol is this weekend. Well worth a visit if you have not visited a local festival.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

AL licences

My friend Sam Cox has added an update to the changes for people with holiday rental properties and the Alojamento local license.
Click the link below for part two on this subject.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Keep Supporting

Over the next couple of weeks I will not be able to post as much as I usually do, but if I see anything of interest or any news worth sharing, I will do my best to put it here.

Please keep supporting my blog and share with Family and Friends, and thank you all who send me comments and emails.

Dutch Article

This is a very nice holiday report from a Dutch family in Madeira, with lovely photos.

You will need to use Google to translate, but well worth the read.