With a mild climate, an abundance of sea and mountains Portugal is the perfect place to do nothing at all. Whatever the month, enjoying the sun and sea is easy in Portugal. In the winter, Madeira’s capital city of Funchal is usually sunny and around 72 degrees. Funchal is wrapped around the hills over the bay like a vast amphitheater. Its hotels are some of the best in the world, and offer tremendous service, luxury, and value. Most have seaside saltwater swimming pools, cafes, and views out to the Atlantic. Above the peaks of Arieiro can be seen, almost 6,000 feet over sea level. Funchal is a city of greens where plants from all over the world can grown side by side in this unique climate. And, the are excellent spas, a casino with musical shows, and even a hot air ballon that offers a birdseye view of the city. Easy hikes with magnificent views are found in the protect hinterlands.
Come spring, and try the coast of the Alentejo on for size. This protected line of beaches has excellent cycling, hiking, and clean Atlantic sands. Wantto do nothing at all? Bed and breakfasts in ancient forts, sweet hotels, and villas are easy to find in the small towns and fishing villages of the coast. The monumental cities and fortified hill towns of the Alentejo are not far, as are the fine crafts of the region.