After a couple of busy breaks, it was nice to come on a restful holiday. Our hotel was just out of town with a reasonable downhill walk to the centre.
After settling, we decided to explore this beautiful city and over two weeks wandered around finding new places to explore on every trip.
At the bottom of the hill, we stopped in a small park for a rest before continuing. Next we came to the new town lined with the more expensive restaurants, where people sat out to eat. As we turned the corner, a pink building stood out at the end of the road; this was the first of many interesting buildings we saw.
Every time we walked down, we were spoiled by the variety of excellent cafes and in one instance sat on the balcony overlooking a square, watching the world go by, whilst enjoying one of the fantastic selections of cakes. Our favourite being the Maderian Custard Tarts- Pasteis de Nata.
If the cakes weren't temptation enough there were several ice cream parlours, including an interesting one on the sea front, to tempt you to enjoy the variety of flavours.
After looking for the fish market, on several occasions, we finally stumbled across it on the last couple of days. This proved to be interesting; seeing the huge variety of fish on sale as well as seeing some of the ones we had been eating in the hotel. Also there were several souvenir stalls to browse.
Finally, I must mention the CR7 Museum. Being a Manchester United fan it was impressive to see the number of trophies Christian Ronaldo had won as well as to reminisce on the time he spent in Manchester.
I mentioned earlier the downhill walk into town; this proved to be a lot harder going up and became quite tiring after a walk around town and not something we looked forward to.