North of Madeira is tiny Porto Santo. It’s a bit of a newcomer to the travel scene, making it an excellent place to discover without hordes of tourists. Vila Baleira, the only town, is a typically Portuguese affair, with cobbled lanes and whitewashed houses. It’s your gateway to the island’s 10-kilometre-long sandy beach, too.
Wonderful Lisbon has absolutely every element vital for a great weekend break (or more). Burgeoning social, food, arts and design scenes, with great little places to eat and drink, interesting old corners and markets to poke around, glorious architecture with just the right amount of crumbling and poster-paint-bright historic facades. We can recommend some beautiful old palaces to stay in, and rooftop bars with pools to hang out in. What’s more,
Lisbon is ridiculously ad delightfully affordable. Go at any time – though April is a great time to go to Lisbon, when the days are long and sunny, and the cobbled streets are beginning to warm up.