The iconic 5-star Pestana Casino Park Hotel in Funchal was designed by world-renowned architect Óscar Niemeyer and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Adjacent to the Funchal cruise port, it’s only 5 minutes walk from the city centre. Its privileged location on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean makes it one of the most famous hotels on the island of Madeira. Pestana Casino Park Hotel features an infinity swimming pool, gardens with peaceful corners where you can relax with a good book, a spa where you can enjoy a massage and/or Magic Spa treatment, and an indoor swimming pool with water jets, jacuzzi, Turkish bath, sauna and gym. If you’re bringing the family, children will love the playground and the adventure play area.
In the evenings, the hotel has its own entertainment programme with regular live music. For that special evening, you’ll have direct access to the Casino da Madeira with its nightclub, casino and exciting live shows. The cuisine at the Casino Park Hotel is pretty special too. It’s offered on a bed and breakfast basis but there’s a convenient half-board option too.
Madeira’s mild climate makes it an ideal destination at any time of the year and it’s a beautiful island to get to know. The 500 year old capital city of Funchal is best explored on foot. Don’t miss the 16th-century Gothic cathedral, the Farmers’ Market where you’ll be tempted to try bolo del mel (honey cake) which is delicious and the Säo Tiago fort which now houses the Museum of Contemporary Art. It would be a shame not to stop off at one of the wine lodges and taste that Madeira wine! There are two world-renowned Botanical Gardens. The Madeira Botanical Gardens and the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens which you can reach by cable car and enjoy superb views on the way. If you’re hiring a car, head out of town and explore the levadas, the old irrigation channels which now open up some superb walks amid unspoilt and beautiful scenery. There are plenty of boat trips on offer which give you to chance to search for whales and dolphins. Taking a dip knowing you’re actually swimming in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is quite an experience. Madeira is world famous for its festivals. On New Year’s Eve the firework displays are legendary, matched only by the display for the Festival do Atlantico in June. If you come in April or May, you’ll be able to enjoy the renowned flower festival, Festa da Flor, which culminates in the colourful parade, the Cortejo Alegórico.