In need of a break early in the year we decided on a week in Madeira. We went early February – I’m not a sun worshipper and for me the weather was ideal. Pleasant enough to be out in tee shirts during the day with only a light jacket or cardigan needed for the evenings. Our trip included two half day excursions – one a walking tour of Funchal and one a trip to one of the many botanical gardens. Later in the season there would have been much more in bloom but was still a very enjoyable visit. We also did two full day excursions taking in lots of sites of interest in the island. I’d recommend a wander around Funchal taking in the markets the cathedral and the interesting little streets and also getting the cable car up to the botanical gardens. All in all, I loved Madeira – it’s friendly and relaxed with a lovely climate. Perfect for a relaxing break.