Due to its proximity to the centre, and the fantastic views over the city, the harbour and the sea, this area is primarily defined as high level residential. It is also the site of many of the famous 'Quintas', or large estates, that were built in past centuries - having enjoyed the status of the 'just out of town' location in the earlier periods of Funchal. Many of these estates still exist, which adds to the demand for the location. A pleasantly mild micro-climate, and the great views afforded by the gently sloping aspect also contribute to this attraction.
The proximity to the motorways allows one to easily head both east and west, as well as into the centre itself. Public transport and other services are excellent.
Access is greatly facilitated by the motorway, with an on/off ramp less than 5 minutes' drive away. Funchal centre (5 min), airport (15 min), Palheiro Golf Course (10 min), Santo da Serra Golf Course (30 min).