Monte Palace Madeira
Monte Palace Madeira
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Open to the public since 1991, the Monte Palace Madeira occupies an area of 70.000 square meters and houses a huge exotic plant's collection, coming from all over the world, together with swans,duck's and Koi fish. The Monte Palace Museum is an ideal exhibition space nestled within the beautiful surroundings of a tropical garden. There are three floors, two of which are dedicated to sculptures and the third houses a unique mineral collection gathered from the four corners of the world. Monte Palace Madeira, also includes one of the most important tile collections in Portugal. The tiles exhibited amidst the tropical vegetation represent several ages, coming from palaces, churches, chapels and private houses throughout the former Portuguese empire. We are open everyday except 25th of December. Our prices are: Adults - 12,50€ Children younger than 15 years old: Free Entrance as long as they are accompanied by adults. Check our new facebook page montepalacetropicalgarden
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  • Michaela B
    Basingstoke, United Kingdom69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely worth a visit. Give yourself at least a couple of hours
    Splendid - far more to this gardens than we knew or expected. We spent about 4 hours here with a stop for a snack lunch in the cafe on site. The gradens are beautiful and in addition there are exhibitions of African sculptures and natural semi precious stone and rocks. Despite the number of people, it didn't feel too busy as there was plenty of room and quiet corners you could find. It is quite a hilly site.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Katie Perkins
    Aberdare, United Kingdom75 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hot, Humid & Hilly
    Lovely gardens to explore at the top of Monte. Get there early as it’s extremely hot n humid and was busy by mid afternoon. Not advisable for people who don’t like walking - up and down hills! It’s Ok walking down, but the exit is at the top…. And that’s one big hill to climb after walking around for a few hours!! Well worth the €12.50 entry fee. Don’t miss the flamingoes!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 August 2023
  • SabinaD
    338 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful!
    We took a taxi and arrived for opening time, and enjoyed a relaxing wander through the gardens before the crowds arrived. We finished off with cool drinks at the café (lovely view), and took the electric car back up to the start to avoid the uphill climb. There was lots of shade as we went around which I was happy about. All in all we spent approx. 4 hours here. A lovely way to spend the morning!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Roam628835
    London, United Kingdom18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good visit
    Worth a visit! We are a young couple who aren’t really into gardens but we found it an enjoyable coupe of hours. We arrived around 10am via cable car and found no queue. The gardens is spread over quite a large area so give a few hours for exploring. The cafe served ok food and we enjoyed the half day visit. Lots of walking in the sun but good to do
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 August 2023
  • CalgaryGirl26
    Sarasota, Florida326 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Many places to just chill.
    So much to see. Wear comfortable shoes as you will be doing a lot of walking, and most of it up and down hills. You could see the main items in maybe 3 hours but you should probably just slow down and spend a day there. Lots of beautiful vistas. Well worth the visit. Take the cable car up and the toboggan down and you will have a truly memorable day.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
  • matt66London
    Peasedown St John, United Kingdom189 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take a Bolt, Taxi or 22 no Bus
    The gardens on the hillside are good. Not great but quite good. Pleasant walk and the Japanese themes are good. But entrance fee of 12.5 euros is too expensive. For a place like Funchal where everything is cheap. That is why I suggest the taxi or bus or bolt travel option. No 22 bus is only 4 euros return. Cable car is a rip off at 18 euros return. Bus gives better views. Bolt (Uber type app service) is just 9 euros one way for 4 people.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 September 2023
  • Jo B
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed
    Visited on 07.09.23. The gardens were beautiful with stunning views over Funchal. Would definitely recommend a visit. The only draw back was the lady driving the transfer car back to the exit who was unnecessarily and extremely rude to one of the passengers waiting in the queue for the transfer
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 September 2023
  • TriciaBishop
    Bradford, United Kingdom1,688 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely change of scenery
    We visited Monte as a change of scenery having thoroughly explored all of Funchal. We opted to catch the local number 48 bus from the Lido stop as this is only €2 each and a lovely scenic journey taking about 30 minutes. Beside the palace gardens there are some nice public gardens and the church of Our Lady at the top offers some amazing views. The toboggan rides are a spectacle to watch but the queue for them was beyond belief and didn't appeal to us. We walked most of the way back down to Funcal before hopping on a bus lower down. Well worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Sue A
    Newport, United Kingdom88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Gardens
    Found these gardens after getting off the cable car thought they were the botanical gardens and we thought these were better. So much to see gardens, palaces minerals statues . Wear comfortable shoes as you will be doing a lot of walking, and most of it up and down hills. There is a lovely old car that for 5 euros it brings you back to the top of the hill best money spent.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 September 2023
  • James E
    Cardiff, United Kingdom444 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short walk from cruise port & cable car up - Easy :-)
    Visited with family, including 3 children 6,3 & 2. Spent about a bit of time in the cafe to start which was fantastic. Great drinks, cake and ice-cream. Then we walked around the gardens for about 1-2hrs before heading back down to Funchal. I could have walked around for 4-5hours so if you get the chance, allow more time than you think. These gardens are on a hill so you will start at the top and work your way down on some cool and interesting paths, but then have to walk back up. For the average person walking back up is absolutely fine. There are electric cars which will shuttle people up for a small fee. Entrance is 2min walk from cable car station on top of the hill and it costs 12.50 Euro to enter, and when you enter you will see that the money is going straight back into the gardens to keep it so nice!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 October 2023
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Pennies-from-Devon
Plymouth, UK449 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Having first visited the Botanic Gardens, which was pretty much as you'd expect a botanic garden to be (and none the worse for it), we were completely unprepared for this garden.

It reminded me of Portmeirion in Gwynedd, North Wales - the same mad flights of fancy, but this garden has a Japanese twist instead of the Italianate feel of Portmeirion.

We visited at the end of February, so there were very few flowers in bloom, but that didn't matter in the slightest - everywhere you looked was a view, lush greenery, a piece of sculpture or art, and ponds containing huge koi carp.

We absolutely loved it, and thought it was worth every penny of the 12.50 euro entrance fee.
Written 14 March 2020
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Thank you very much for your excellent review. It's really a pleasure receive this kind of reviews. We hope that in the future it will be possible to visit our garden.
Written 7 May 2020
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Suzi M
Denbighshire, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I always visit the Monte Palace Gardens when I visit Madeira. I love the African masks and sculptures exhibition and the Mineral exhibition takes my breath away and makes me very emotional.
The Garden its self is captivating and packed with wonderful things to see.
The Gardens are on a very steep slope but if you don't fancy climbing back up you can take a buggy for 2.50 euros. Don't visit Funchal without visiting this wonderful place.
Written 19 January 2020
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ninat8688
Pori, Finland33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Even if there were a lot of people, gardens are so large that you can enjoy your stroll on your own pace and wander around enjoying the fresh air and beautifully kept garden and art pieces. Two coffee shops. If feel tired or just for fun, you take a golf-cart back to the main gate for 2,5 € per person.
Written 21 January 2020
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dolpia
Svanderslev, Denmark294 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We took the gondola lift to Monte. Wonderful views if you are not afraid of heights. Otherwise there is a local bus that goes up there. It takes about an hour and you see a lot of the city on the way.
The Palace Garden is beautiful, lots of interest, a nice cafe and nice toilets in different parts of the garden. We found one behind a small waterfall. Very useful!
The terrain is steep, but if it gets too much walking up, you can call a driver and for euro 2,50 they will drive you up to the entrance.
There are 40 tile panels picturing Portuguese history. There is a museum with African stone sculptures, a display of about 700 different minerals, tiles form the 15th to 20th centuary, niches and arches dottet around the garden and a large japanese garden. The lake and surroundings are spectacular as is the view from there.
We spent a couple of hours there and finished with coffee and homemade cake at the cafe at the top.
I highly recomend this garden. If you only have time for one garden, take this one and not the botanical garden.
Written 26 January 2020
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santpedor
Barcelona, Spain517 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Magnificent gardens.We took the cable car from the old town up to these gardens.The ride takes about 15 minutes and costs 16 euros for a return ticket.However, you can go by car as there is a decent free car park.
The gardens are magnificent and we spent almost 3 hours wandering around.We loved the African statues and masks .
The gardens are attractively set out and well maintained. As we were there in January there were very few people about and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. I would highly recommend these gardens to all nature lovers.
The entrance ticket costs 12 and a half euros per adult.
There is a coffee shop where we had one of the best and strongest coffees ever !!!
Written 8 January 2021
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Chris R
Belfast, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We had passed these gardens on our way, by cable car, to the Madeira Botanical Gardens. We didn’t realise they were so extensive and rather different from the Madeira Gardens.
We went up by bus, which is very inexpensive. However, when we wanted to make the return journey we found there wasn’t an easy bus service and we took a taxi instead.

The gardens are very extensive and interesting, if rather tiring as the visit involves quite a climb down and (more significantly) up again to the entrance. They are rather different from the other botanical gardens. There is water everywhere in them - lots of ponds, streams etc. The koi carp are great, and the noisy frogs. The gardens are divided up mainly as representing the plants of different regions of the world. There are extensive japanese structures as well as plants.
The museums deserve mention too - a large mineral museum and a huge collection of Zimbabwean sculpture. Both are somewhat specialist interest but impressive. The ticket price also includes a tasting of Madeira wine. I’m not sure this is very useful, but there is a good café in the gardens. The gardens are well served with toilets.

It is obvious that the organisation which owns the gardens has invested hugely in them, and is maintaining them very well. The level of ongoing maintenance of the plants is quite impressive. Altogether we enjoyed spending a couple of hours in the gardens. We could have spent twice as much time if we had arrived earlier in the day. The entry price is not cheap, but as a once-off we were not too unhappy with it.
Written 28 February 2020
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Thank you so much for visiting and for this excellent review. You are always welcome.
Written 14 August 2020
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Gill G
Cockermouth, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
A must visit destination, although you need to be fit and mobile to cope with the steps and steep gradients. The effort is well worth it, as the gardens are truly spectacular. Would recommend taking a 31 bus to the Botanical Gardens (€1.95) then buying a combined entry ticket plus both cable cars (Botanical to Monte and then Monte to Funchal (€28). Once you get to Monte, you need to pay your entrance fee (€12.50). The gardens combine terrific layout with works of art and are really well laid out and signposted. You should also witness the remarkable wooden toboggans that set off just outside the gardens (huge queues…), and a climb up to the Monte church is also worthwhile. There are good cafes at both gardens. Makes for a full day out!
Written 4 March 2023
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FamilyTraveller
Peterborough620 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
We visited here in the late afternoon when it was quieter. I imagine it could get quite busy at times and some of the paths are quite narrow.

Whilst there was no queues, it took about 20/25 minutes to sort our tickets out. We paid using contactless on our iPhone. Even though we had confirmation that the payment had gone through, the cashier was insistent it hadn’t and said we needed to pay again. Reluctantly, after a discussion, we agreed as we wanted to see the gardens and had wasted enough time already. Sure enough, it transpired that we had been charged twice and ended up spending ages trying to sort out a refund.

The gardens are lovely and are definitely worth a visit. There is also a small museum with gems/rocks etc. There are quite a few steep steps, although I spotted a golf buggy taking people round, which would be advisable if you have mobility issues for example. We only spent an hour or so here, but we could have done with longer.

When we visited, the gardens closed at 6pm, although the last cable car back down to Funchal was at 5.30pm.

I’d definitely recommend a visit here, but allow yourself half a day or so.
Written 30 October 2021
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Joanna B
Oxford, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
So easy - take the cable car. Enjoy the views. Cross the road and walk around in the beautifully-kept gardens. Don’t miss the exhibitions - kids will love the carved animals and faces from Zimbabwe.
€12.50 per adult seemed a lot but there’s an incredible amount of work that goes into maintaining the gardens and pools. We didn’t come at the right time of year for all the glorious colours but the foliage and tranquility was lovely.
Written 2 March 2020
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Thank you so much for this excellent review. We hope you can visit our garden in the spring.
Written 14 August 2020
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Keith L
Taunton, UK206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We rated this as one of the must do sites on the island. It is easy to reach either by various buses or, preferably, by cable car that departs from the waterfront. The garden entrance is opposite the upper cable car station, is located at the top of the large garden that stretches down a valley. It offers plenty of differing sections, walkways and views. On idea would be to journey down one side and slowly return on the other giving time to see each of the specialist gardens. Allow three hours for this. There is an exhibition area inside the buildings near the entrance, currently displaying sculptures from Zimbabwe.

If you proceed past the entrance you will approach the Monte Church and the start of the basket toboggan run which offers an exhilarating alternative descent to the cable car.
Written 29 March 2020
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It's a pleasure to read your positive review. We can only thank you and hope that you will soon be able to visit our garden.
Written 6 May 2020
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