We found we enjoyed Madeira more than we expected. Funchal has
charm and our hotel was an oasis of tranquility, with a very pretty
and extensive garden. We could eat breakfast out on a terrace with
views and lush vegetation all round, dishes of exotic fruits and
The food was better in Madeira than on mainland Portugal.
Simple, fresh, rustic dishes but full of flavour. Our favourite
restaurant was the Londres, where the locals ate. We then went for
extensive walks on the marvelous levadas - quite hairy at times, if
you looked down, but peaceful and rather beautiful.
Thank you for your help!