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Situated just a short walk from Funchal’s picturesque Formosa Beach and a mere 10 minutes from the centre of the city, the Pestana Royal Ocean & Spa Resort places you right at the heart of Madeira’s beautiful capital. This all-inclusive gem is perched on the Cabo Girao hillside and overlooks the western side of the city and the calm Atlantic bay. Lounge in the sun by one of the two outdoor pools, treat yourself to a few hours in the spa, or go for a game of mini golf or tennis. Younger patrons can partake in the events and games organised by the kids’ club. The resort also includes four restaurants and two bars, allowing you to dine, drink and snack when you feel like it.
Famous for its luxurious resorts, beach holidays, fortified wine, as well as being the birthplace of football-legend Cristiano Ronaldo, Madeira is a multifaceted destination that opens up more of itself the further into the island you venture. The capital of Funchal is a good place to start your exploration. The squares and the streets of the centre are dotted with tiles in endearing patterns and quaint buildings abound these walkways. Interspersed among the shops and cafés are stunning cathedrals and churches and numerous museums and monuments (including one by the harbour dedicated to Mr Ronaldo). Explore the narrow streets and alleyways of the Old Town, stroll along the palm-lined promenade by the sea, gaze at the impressive cathedral and indulge in a bit of art and culture in the local museums. Take the cable car to the tiny hilltop village of Monte, just behind Funchal, for a truly stunning view of the capital and the landscape draped against the dark-blue Atlantic background.
After a day of exploring the island, drift slowly back to the hotel and prepare yourself for a true Madeiran dinner. Sea-food such as sword-fish and tuna are often to be found on the menu, as is fried corn and espetadas. Wash these treats down with a glass of Madeiran wine and followed by local honey cake. What could be more delicious?