Madeira, earth, water, fire

Tam New Year Madeira

A third account of a miraculous (in many senses) holiday over the turn of the year from Tam, pictured above on New Year's Eve under Christmas lights at the Funchal waterfront. See also Madeira, the great escape and Madeira, traditional food and fiery drinks. Guide to recommended restaurants, cafés and bars at the end of this article. Let's all go.

It’s possible that I gave the misleading impression that I spent two weeks in Madeira doing nothing but gawping at flowers and eating. (The bathroom scale concurs.) But we did venture away from the table more than once.