Madeira, Portugal – Out of all the stops I made while in Portugal, Madeira was the one I was surprised by the most. I knew it was an island, but had no idea how much it would feel more like a tropical island somewhere in the Caribbean than southern Europe. Its capital Funchal is quite cosmopolitan for island standards yet take a drive about 30 minutes to the north and you will find yourself in the middle of a UNESCO-protected laurel forest.
Follow our 18 day journey across 3 countries: Italy, France and Spain (4 including Monaco). If you’ve ever thought about taking a road trip around southern Europe, here’s the ultimate guide to get you started. Includes toll prices, fuel and milage.