Madeira is the European destination missing from your bucket list.
Old-world charm, stunning vistas, historic sites, and incredible eats are all part of what makes Western Europe a must-see in every traveler’s eyes. But a trip to this little-known Portuguese island off the coast of Northern Africa made me wonder why it’s not at the top of everyone’s list. Apparently, it’s been the escape from dreary UK weather for years, with British seniors escaping to the island in droves. It’s easy to see why. With year-round, gorgeously temperate weather (locals consider temperatures below 70 chilly), fantastic food, and otherworldly views, I quickly realized why the Brits kept it their little secret. Here are 10 reasons I fell in love with Madeira (and why you will, too).