Madeira's striking capital, Funchal, is a whitewashed town built on dark volcanic rock. Funchal is an interesting mix of a rich past with some surprising art deco touches, such as the city's municipal marketplace.
The hotel is set amongst lush green hills with a short 5 minute walk downhill to the local town and you can always take a taxi back to the top after a long day of exploring.
The 5-Star Pestana Casino Park is set in a privileged location on the sunny south coast in the city of Funchal, where you can unwind and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the surroundings. Relax in the pool while enjoying spectacular views from the resort's cliff-top position over the wide blue Atlantic and the marina.
Judging from the size of Madeira, one can hardly imagine that this island has so much to offer. From historical monuments, charming squares and streets in the capital of Funchal to enchanting gardens, picturesque villages, amazing landscapes, impressive volcanic caves, rugged coast lines, beautiful natural beaches and, last but not least, breathtaking views, there is so much to see that you will soon realize that one visit to Madeira just isn’t enough!
It is often called 'God's Floating Garden', reflecting the wonderful flora to be found here. Madeira is also famous for its beautiful and extensive network of levada walks which follow, on gentle gradients, irrigation channels.
Funchal is the island capital and is easily the liveliest and most interesting place on Madeira, home to the best hotels, restaurants and nightlife. Despite its numerous visitor attractions it still maintains a vibrant local life of its own.
Funchal enjoys a magnificent setting on the Bay of Funchal, rising up from the sea in a natural amphitheatre, and the perfect way of arriving is by cruise ship. Coaches will whisk you right around the island though there is more than enough to do and see in and around Funchal.
The city centre is gratifyingly small, and its narrow cobbled streets host a splendid market, some intriguing little museums, shops and cafes, a salty old port area, and can easily be covered on foot. There are fine gardens to enjoy, even in the town centre, but a 5-10 minute taxi ride will take you to the island's finest quintas (estates) and gardens.
Step outside the hotel and walk through Santa Caterina Park, a charming botanical garden and lake with a stunning vista of Funchal bay and the mountains. In just a few minutes you will be in the centre of the city with its shopping facilities, restaurants and bars.