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Palheiro Gardens

Caminho Quinta do Palheiro 32, Funchal, Madeira 9060-255, Portugal
+351 291 793 044
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I must confess to not being an avid gardener, although my wife is, but I really enjoyed a couple of... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2017
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Simple beauty on a grand scale

We took a car, which was perhaps a mistake, as after we walked the levada all the way to Monte... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2017
Dunbar, United Kingdom
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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 2 June 2017

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

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Reviewed 31 May 2017

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 28 May 2017

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

1  Thank AndrewRating
Reviewed 28 May 2017

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 27 May 2017

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 24 May 2017 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
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Great gardens. Turn left from the entrance and don't follow the numbering in the leaflet you can purchase ( which is worth buying). The leaflet text guides you round the gardens and provides good information on specific plants. The tea room provides welcome refreshments. We...More

Thank joan a
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Interesting and easy to walk around, some loveley flowers and a tea garden. Would visit again, Well worth the trip

1  Thank MargaretMain
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Fantastic setting, we went on local bus from Funchal and enjoyed the journey to these gardens. They were smaller than we imagined but bit disappointing with the lack of flowers maybe we just visited at an in between time of year. I am sure by...More

1  Thank Y290UAann
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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
5 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
5 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,