If you haven’t been to Ilha for a few years you will notice plenty of changes. To begin with its now possible to loop the entire island on paved road. The Contra Costa, the Middle Road and a whole lot of cross streets have been paved making it easier to walk, ride or drive to where ever you’re going. There’s now a second bank, or at least an ATM, the bank is yet to be completed but BCI promise it will be open soon. Internet is more readily available and faster than before, the water supply from the mainland has been upgraded with new cisterns at the entrance to the island and a network of pipes all over the place. Even the electricity supply is more reliable – but only just! Less visible but perhaps the most important change of all is the introduction of pre-school for the island’s youngsters. 210 escolinhas are enrolled and parents are delighted
Even a first time visitor can’t help but notice the restoration to many of the buildings. Some of the most significant include:
Improvements to the Girrasol building
The Capitania is having an enormous amount of work done by trainee Pedreiros. All the walls right down to the waters edge are being redone although what the final plan is remains a mystery.
The official fish market has been redone with a fresh lick of paint. As yet there are no fish on sale, the pescadores still preferring to sell their catch on the beach down by the Central Mosque instead.
Welcome back MiraPonte. New roof, dance floor and fittings but same terrible music – just kidding
Beach bars are popping up everywhere
A new bank
Alfandagas. This classic piece of architecture at the pontao is to become offices and 7 stylish apartments.
The massive Cafe International on the square alongside the Post Office is finally taking shape and work on converting the Feitoria (next to the Bim Bank) into a waterfront hotel has been accelerated