On the same trip as our visit to Fuerteventura, we took three days to explore the Portuguese island of Madeira. There's something about the combination of island, sunshine, and old-world European charm that makes this place special. The Reid's Palace hotel was a terrific "home base" from which to experience the island of Madeira and it's largest city, Funchal.
Funchal is a beautiful city, and its residents and visitors appreciate the variety of cultures tha make up its eclectic nature. To varying degrees, it can seem European, Portuguese, German, and Global. At its core, though, it's charming. The city truly welcomes its visitors, and offers sights and sounds that are only available here.
Reid's Palace is a special place, with a rich and storied past. I loved walking the paths where Winston Churchill painted, and Queen Victoria held court. Diving into the Atlantic Ocean from a platform built in the 1800's - to which steamships carried well-to-do European visitors - was truly a remarkable experience.