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Those who are visiting today Funchal (the capital city of Madeira) will notice that something is missing. One of the latest landmarks of the city vanished today into the thin air. Actually it lost all its air!

No, this is not a 1st April joke … because it is to soon yet.

Funchal Cable BalloonThe panoramic balloon of Balloon Vision was destroyed by the strong winds that are taking place these days on the island of Madeira. The cable balloon started its first lift to the sky on June 2004 and was located at Avenida do Mar, next to the pier and the ex-Beatles yacht The Vagrant. It went up about 150 meters of height, offering a panoramic sight on the city of Funchal.

Due to the winds the cable balloon was not operational and it was anchored by cables and ropes fasten around the balloon. Unfortunately the wind got worse this morning, making the balloon to swing in such a way that caused to break a few of the cables, destroying the balloon.


Ernest Lear · April 20, 2007 at 8:03 pm

I enjoyed my ride in this balloon last December. Will this balloon be replaced in the futher? It will be a shame if this balloon landmark is gone forever.

Don Amaro · April 21, 2007 at 9:49 am

@Ernest: A new balloon is on its way to Funchal. I only hope that this time they display a what more colorful balloon …. for example large pictures of an orchid or sunflower … instead of an advertisement ad.

Tobi Hughes · October 28, 2007 at 7:16 pm

Lol, perhaps we should all start lookin for the balloon, we r now nearly in november and no sign of it yet, typical of Madeira…..

Don Amaro · October 28, 2007 at 9:12 pm

I thought the balloon was in English hands?

Lizzie Reeve · February 12, 2008 at 10:01 pm

Ow i Hope they get another one for when i hope to return this easter!
Was some lovely views from there and i always wanted to go up at sunset…i can imagine it was very popular with the cruise ship tourists aswell seeing as they dont normally have much time to spend on the island.

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