Well, I got fed up with the freezing weather and took a last minute holiday to Madeira. It was mainly walking and catching up on my reading pile. However on one end of the old town of Funchal is this wonderful yellow painted fort. Fort Sao Tiago was built to protect the coast from piracy during the 16-17th century.
Its not large and only costs €3 to have a look around and that includes the contemporary art museum, unfortunately the military museum has moved to the Palácio de São Lourenço and was closed whenever I had the chance to visit.