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  Welcome to this site for visitors to Madeira. I hope it helps you to find places of interest on the island and to visit them. For general information on transport, see Getting Around and for what you need to know before you set out on foot, see Walking . Information on specific activities and destinations can be found in the menu. The main focus is on places you can visit in a day trip from Funchal, but we'll also look at some further-flung options if you're a repeat visitor or if you're staying for some time. NOTE: The official tourism website has been reorganised. For up-to-date information on the status of the official walking routes, check the page [you can change the language at the top] provided by the Institute for Forests and the Conservation of Nature ( IFCN ).

Walking Routes Update (23rd Feb)

On 23rd February IFCN announced the re-opening of the Pico Areeiro - Pico Ruivo route. The following routes remain closed:     PR 1 - Vereda do Areeiro - Vereda Este (via Pico das Torres)     PR 4 - Levada do Barreiro     PR 7 - Levada do Moinho     PR 15 – Vereda da Ribeira da Janela     PR 16 - Levada Fajã do Rodrigues     PR 19 - Caminho real do Paul do Mar     PR 20 - Vereda do Jardim do Mar     PR 23 - Levada da Azenha In addition, there are partial closures of routes PR 3 (Vereda do Burro) and PR 12 (Caminho Real da Encumeada). The full list of the current state of walking routes can be found on the  IFCN website. The temporary partial closure of PR 3 is described here . The partial closure of PR 12 for work on the hydroelectric plant continues. These closures are for the safety of visitors and it is an offence to use the routes when they're closed.

Back to Porto Santo (for now...)

The ferry service to Porto Santo is back in operation following its annual maintenance, but the future of the air service remains unclear. Binter Canarias had a concession from the (national) government to operate the air route which has been the subject of last-minute and short-term extensions. The concession was most recently supposed to end on 24th February, but has now been extended until April 21st. The long-term arrangements are still unknown.

Walking Routes Update (9th Feb)

A number of walking routes have reopened as the bad weather has passed. The routes that remain closed are:     PR 1 - Vereda do Areeiro - Vereda Este (via Pico das Torres)     PR 1 - Vereda do Areeiro - Pico do Areeiro – Pico Ruivo     PR 3 - Vereda do Burro (between Poço da Neve and Pico do Areeiro)     PR 4 - Levada do Barreiro     PR 6.2 - Levada do Alecrim     PR 7 - Levada do Moinho     PR 15 – Vereda da Ribeira da Janela     PR 16 - Levada Fajã do Rodrigues     PR 19 - Caminho real do Paul do Mar     PR 20 - Vereda do Jardim do Mar     PR 23 - Levada da Azenha The full list of the current state of walking routes can be found on the  IFCN website. The partial closure of PR 3 is described here . These closures are for the safety of visitors and it is an offence to use the routes when they're closed.

Festival de Música da Madeira XXXVII, March

After a hiatus of several years, the Madeira Music Festival returns in March for its 37th edition.  There will be 10 concerts in Funchal, Calheta and Porto Santo with participation from members of the Orquestra Clássica da Madeira (OCM), various independent musicians and 50 singers from the Azores-based Coral de São José (CSJ). A Facebook page has been created by the OCM. The concerts are as follows:   Date/Time Location Programme/Participants 2nd 9pm Funchal Cathedral OCM, CSJ, Martin André (conductor), Tatiana Vizir, Maria Luisa de Freitas, Alberto Sousa, Luís Rodrigues 3rd 6pm Assembleia Legislativa Piano recital, 4 hands. Arminé Soghomnyam, Anaït Serekian 8th 9pm Igreja do Colégio dos Jesuítas Trumpet and organ recital. Sérgio Pacheco, Laura Mendes 9th 6pm Teatro Municipal OCM, Norberto Gomes (musical director), Maya Levy, Hrachya Avanesyan 10th 6pm Museu de Arte Sacra Recorder and harpsichord recital. António Carrilho, Cândida Matos 15th 9pm MUDAS String co

No Sailings to Porto Santo until Feb 10th, No flights from 24th

Just a reminder that the vessel Lobo Marinho is out of service for its annual maintenance and so there are presently no sailings between Funchal and Porto Santo. The service resumes on 10th February. The air service continues to operate at present, though it is presently only possible to book flights up to 23rd February. Flights are operated under a concession from the national government which was temporarily extended until this date, but the longer term situation has yet to be resolved.