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Palheiro Gardens

Caminho Quinta do Palheiro 32, Funchal, Madeira 9060-255, Portugal
+351 291 793 044
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Two hours in a Paradise

During our last day in Madeira we spent two hours in Palheiro Gardens. I believe that 1-2 weeks... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2018
Kale49_11
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Espoo, Finland
An interesting Mediterranean garden

Take the bus from Funchal and then a little walk to the entrance. The garden is divided into... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2018
JJawandering
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Lethbridge, 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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Caminho Quinta do Palheiro 32, Funchal, Madeira 9060-255, Portugal
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

During our last day in Madeira we spent two hours in Palheiro Gardens. I believe that 1-2 weeks later the amount of blooming and colourful flowers could have bigger. However, we got a good idea, what the gardens are. Recommended.

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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Take the bus from Funchal and then a little walk to the entrance. The garden is divided into segments including a sunken garden with topiary. As a garden designer, I found some segments lacking in a proper theme. Some flowerbeds were in dire need of...More

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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

The effort of reaching these gardens set high in the mountains exceeded the gardens themselves. The plants are not as varied as other gardens and tend to be a mix of English and some tropical ones. It is well tendered and labelled but feel the...More

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

This was my second attempt to visit these gardens as the previous day was thick fog. I was a little disappointed by lack of colour out in the mild climate but the gardens are beautifully designed and looked after. Perhaps I'll plan to come in...More

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Having had a memorable vist to these gardens in October 2009 we decided to return and were not disappointed. The range of amazing flowers from around the world and the peaceful ambience of this lovely place filled us with awe and wonder at the creative...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

Outside Funchal, so travel by car, bus or taxi. Taxi from cable car station in Funchal cost €12.50. From ticket booth at gate, about 10mins walk to start of gardens on a gentle down hill slope. Attractively laid out gardens with many trees and plants/flowers.There...More

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

There is enough variety for all seasons . Sorry we missed the agapanthus in bloom .Must be amazing .Lots of interesting plants though and an excellent tea room . Easy access by 36A and 37 bus from the bus station .Fascinating if hairy journey .

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

We drove to the Palheiro Gardens. It is quite a steep road & may need a bit of navigating. It was a damp February day when we went this year, and whilst there was parking, it does make you wonder what the case will be...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Getting to the gardens by bus is a bit tricky: if you catch a 36 or 36A, tell the driver and he'll drop you at the end of the little road to the entrance. The 37 goes right there but there are not many of...More

Thank John D
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

On our second attempt we found these gardens and they were well worth the effort. We managed to park right outside for free. There is a good walk to the gardens from the gate and it is possible to drive in and get closer if...More

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WanderingsAscent
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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
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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
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Jose D
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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,
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