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Palheiro Gardens

Caminho Quinta do Palheiro 32, Funchal, Madeira 9060-255, Portugal
+351 291 793 044
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a cool place on a hot day

The no. 37 or 36A buses from Funchal seafront take you up to these gardens - 3.2 euros return. The... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2016
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Best garden in Madeira!

Very nice! beautiful flowers and plants! Is a must go/do in Madeira!!!! I highly recommend it for... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2016
Sarah L
Funchal, Portugal
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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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Caminho Quinta do Palheiro 32, Funchal, Madeira 9060-255, Portugal
+351 291 793 044

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Reviewed 18 June 2016

The no. 37 or 36A buses from Funchal seafront take you up to these gardens - 3.2 euros return. The entry fee is 10.5 euros & the gardens are not vast but are lovely with some nice benches to sit (not many in botanical garden...More

1  Thank cedarchaser
Reviewed 18 June 2016

Very nice! beautiful flowers and plants! Is a must go/do in Madeira!!!! I highly recommend it for everyone!

Thank Sarah L
Reviewed 11 June 2016

Visited here by chance (Bus to Mudas Museum in Calheta has been withdrawn) as luckily had the tourist office leaflet to hand with the approximate bus times. Bit difficult to find the bus stop for the 36a and 37 but actually next corner round from...More

1  Thank vessi80
Reviewed 11 June 2016

You could spend hours wandering around these beautiful gardens, they are very well kept and well worth a visit. Our taxi booked by the hotel took us in through the gates and waited whilst we pay the entrance fee, then transported down the driveway to...More

Thank Kevin N
Reviewed 10 June 2016

A long way to have a bumpy ride in a mini bus with a driver called Knievel. Ok some of the plants and trees are unique and there's a bit of history about the place but I'd suggest staying in Funchal and having a picnic...More

Thank ChefCoops
Reviewed 9 June 2016

This was the first time we had visited these gardens. 10.5 euro entry fee - certainly worth it. Lovely flower beds in formal arrangement plus arboretum of exotic trees. Excellent café where we had coffee and cakes. It took us around 3 hours for a...More

Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

What a treat to visit this garden! We have been to Funchal four times and seen all the other gardens but this is by far my favourite. I loved the mix of formal and informal planting and the tree varieties and types are amazing. Couple...More

Thank Sue G
Reviewed 6 June 2016

This is also a nice garden worth the trip. It is adjacent to a golf course and hotel, has a tea house where you can have a good coffee, tea and cake, and has nice vistas of Funchal.

Thank Ariel-Trip
Reviewed 5 June 2016

We found the chapel in the Palheiro Gardens to be a perfect place for our wedding and it really was a great choice. Cátia acted as our contact person and helped us with all organizational questions regarding our pretty small wedding ceremony in the chapel,...More

Thank Z_Kristina
Reviewed 3 June 2016

We stayed at the hotel and had free access to the gardens which are beautiful. Bonus they have a tea room with lots of local cake!

Thank MPMLondon
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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,