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Palheiro Gardens

Caminho Quinta do Palheiro 32, Funchal, Madeira 9060-255, Portugal
+351 291 793 044
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Not so impressive

This garden is beautiful, but the Monte Tropical Garden for me is much better, and the price is... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kristina A
via mobile
Flowers everywhere

I have never seen a place on earth with as many flowers as Madeira. Hydrangeas literally grow wild... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Vancouver, Canada
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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%
  • Terrible1%
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Caminho Quinta do Palheiro 32, Funchal, Madeira 9060-255, Portugal
+351 291 793 044
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This garden is beautiful, but the Monte Tropical Garden for me is much better, and the price is about the same (Monte - 12.50, Palheiro -11.50 euro). You could easily get to the Palheiro Garden from Funchal centre by bus No 36A (Horarios do Funchal).

Thank Kristina A
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have never seen a place on earth with as many flowers as Madeira. Hydrangeas literally grow wild on the side of the roads. Everyone has a garden - so pretty!

1  Thank _rickabys
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a spectacular place, some of it dating back 200 years the gardens are wonderful. Adjoining the wonderful hotel it is a must visit.

Thank Bungaymike
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I must confess to not being an avid gardener, although my wife is, but I really enjoyed a couple of hours in these beautiful gardens. They are well laid out with wonderful plants and trees, great views and just so peaceful. It is well worth...More

1  Thank Wallowsabroad
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a car, which was perhaps a mistake, as after we walked the levada all the way to Monte. However, to the review. The small ticket box belies what you have in store, and of course each month will bring different treats, from avenues...More

Thank David_Archaeologist
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The 36A bus from Funchal (1.95 Euros each way) drops you off at the Entrance. (11.5 Euros) The Brochure you can buy (1 Euro) details the different attractions and has a map but is not easy to follow. It gives history and plant species but...More

Thank AndrewRating
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife has a few problems walking so we got a taxi, really steep driving up to the gardens but really worth the trip. Everything is more or less on the level ( just a few steps) and lovely gardens, there is a tea room...More

Thank Paynterman
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a keen gardener I was looking forward to visiting and I wasn't disappointed. There was a good variety of planting and an interesting mix of trees and plants - my only niggle was that there could have been better labeling. A lot of the...More

Thank Lady gardener S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Easy to get too on the bus no 37 , took the 11.30am out of Funchal and the 13.50pm back down takes about 15/20 minutes each way . As for the gardens , not the biggest but we really enjoyed them as they are well...More

Thank ddede
Reviewed 21 May 2017

A beautiful English country garden in the middle of Funchal. Although the garden is out of the town itself,there are cheap buses from Funchal.

Thank jeaninaston9
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What about the return journey to Funchal, did you take the bus again.? We are frequent visitors and like to use the local buses, haven't tried this one yet. Thanks
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
are there courts for hire
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
Hi Do you have indoor badminton courts?
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,