We decided to have a short break. Anne had been wanting to go to Madeira for the last few years. Everyone we know seemed to have been there and enjoyed it. Special apologies to Pam P, whose guidebooks etc we borrowed ages ago.

Anne spotted an offer in the newspaper for flights and accommodation, so off we went. Travel was no problem. Excellent flight and service with TAP. Accommodation was very good, on the western limits of Funchal. Too far to walk in to the town centre (given the problems with Les's knees), but there were delightful restaurants nearby, and we're too old to worry about night-life.

We hired a car for the duration, so we had one day touring the western end, a day in Funchal and its gardens, and a day touring the east.

Eastern Madeira Funchal etc Botanical Gardens Monte Gardens Western Madeira