Glenn and I want this trip to be relaxing and enjoyable. We want to enjoy the food without feeling ripped off at high prices, and we want to enjoy seeing new scenery and exploring new sites
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Monte Tobogganing, Madeira, Portugal
The breezy hilltop suburb of Monte includes a church where Charles I, last of the Hapsburg emperors, is buried. But the real attraction are rides on the world-famous carro de cesto street toboggans. A pair of white-suited, skilled drivers will push and steer your wicker sled through the streets and down three miles of steep, winding roads back to Funchal. The cost is about $12; contact Carreiros do Monte, Sitio da Igreja (291 783 919).
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Beach Trips, Madeira, Portugal
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.