Beach Trips, Madeira
Concierge.com's insider take:
Madeira has over 90 miles of coastline, but it doesn't have a beach. A day of lazing around on the sands involves a two and a half hour catamaran trip (schedules available at www.portosantoline.pt) or a 20-minute flight (schedules available at www.anam.pt) to the neighboring island of Porto Santo. Either option is worth it, thanks to one of Europe's best beaches—five miles of almost untouched sand —and a house where Columbus once lived.