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Palheiro Gardens

Caminho Quinta do Palheiro 32, Funchal, Madeira 9060-255, Portugal
+351 291 793 044
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Lovely peaceful place BUT not for infirm

We spent 2 hours here on a January day and really enjoyed the experience. Despite not everything... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Allan J

Went to see the Palheiro Gardens on 7th January. Unfortunately, they were far from their best... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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The gardens at "Quinta do Palheiro" are famous not only for the variety of plants that grow there but for the beauty of their setting in the hills to the east of Funchal, the capital of Madeira. Madeira has long been called the "Garden Isle" and it seems that almost anything will grow in its fertile soil.The Palheiro gardens are situated at about 500 meters above sea level and were started in 1801 by the original owner the Conde de Carvalhal. He introduced Camellias to the Island, hence our vast collection. The gardens, some 14 hectares (with about 650 species of plants),include the Camellia avenue, Main Garden, Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Long Border and the Ladies' Garden where you find the tea house. There is also the Ribeiro do Inferno, a deep valley with treeferns and indigenous plants.
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  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
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“sunken garden” (18 reviews)
“rose garden” (17 reviews)
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Caminho Quinta do Palheiro 32, Funchal, Madeira 9060-255, Portugal
+351 291 793 044

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We spent 2 hours here on a January day and really enjoyed the experience. Despite not everything being in bloom - it is January - there was plenty to see. We enjoyed the camellia walk, the cactus area and the topiary most of all.

Thank Allan J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to see the Palheiro Gardens on 7th January. Unfortunately, they were far from their best, probably due to the time of the year. The admission is 11 Euros, with no discount for pensioners. In Winter, they should offer a reduced rate of say 50%...More

Thank Casa_Nostra_123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we went to Palheiro gardens on a drizzly december day and were stunned with what we found. There are some of the most beautiful huge trees I have ever seen and there are plants from all around the world. Even on this damp december day...More

Thank DrAnnaSG
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautifully laid out gardens with fantastic number of superb plants - camellias especially stunning as many colours and varieties and flowering in late December.

Thank Fiona S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were already at Palheiro for lunch at the gold club with friends and decided that we would go for a walk around the gardens in the afternoon. The gardens are well laid out with lots of different species of plants and trees. Its worth...More

Thank Joycehird
Reviewed 28 November 2017

I really liked this garden. All sorts of exotic things growing outside which would be in a glasshouse in the UK. Very spacious. I found it very relaxing. Great views. The map and plant list which I thought was poor. Almost the first plant I...More

1  Thank oldsportyrelaxer
Reviewed 14 November 2017

An interesting garden to visit. Like most of Funchal, this garden has plenty of sloping walks and pathways. Loads of cobbles which can be hard on the feet. Nevertheless, the gardens are very picturesque, or rather would be if the shrubs were in bloom. November...More

Thank Witzendwizard
Reviewed 14 November 2017

Camelias, roses and many tropical plants on display. Long avenues and vistas over looking the bay of Funchal. Bit out of the way but worth a visit if you are on this side of town, very peaceful.

Thank Tricia C
Reviewed 14 November 2017

I visited the gardens this autumn. The walk was very relaxing with a good range of flowers and trees .I imagine in the spring and summer the gardens would be more alive with colour. There were also good views from parts of the garden.. A...More

Thank ann w
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Not in good Shape. Rose Garden a pitty ! Much too expensive for what you can see. Better go to Monte and see the tropical garden.

Thank AChauKraichtal
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6 February 2016|
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Response from Alan H | Reviewed this property |
We visited on a group tour but did notice the bus stop right outside the gate
Jose D
6 July 2015|
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Response from david j | Reviewed this property |
there are no tennis courts to my knowledge hope this helps david
Jose D
6 July 2015|
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Response from jonathanfletch | Property representative |
Hello - no we do not have an indoor badminton court. Outdoor Tennis court yes, croquet outdoors yes, golf yes, spa yes, walking trails yes...but no indoor courts (weather is too good!!) Let me know if we can be of more help,