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“A delightful assault on the senses!”
Review of Palheiro Gardens

Palheiro Gardens
Ranked #15 of 169 things to do in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 19 June 2014

These magnificent gardens are part of the vast Palheiro Estate. They are open to the public from 09.00 to 17.30 for an entrance fee of 10.50 euros, but as guests of the Casa Velha do Palheiro we were able to access them for free. Shady paths lined with camellia and bottle brush trees and rustling with green lizards meander past lily ponds where frogs erupt from the grass, diving into the water at the sound of footsteps; through beds where traditional British cottage garden plants delphinium, foxgloves and dahlia vie for space with exotic African protea and bird of paradise plants. Delicate fragrances from the English rose garden and trailing sweet pea mingle with the strong scent of jasmine. Spiky palms, dragon trees and aloes contrast sharply with topiary swans and lobsters. Beside the lily ponds a Tea House offers tempting cakes. A visit here is a delightful assault on the senses.

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Reviewed 14 June 2014

Just couldn't stop taking photos of the beautiful flowers and plants. We found the booklet map a bit puzzling and not easy to follow. Had a nice cup of coffee in the cafe.

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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Well worth a visit, these well tended gardens are full of colourful flowers, mature trees and shrubs. Lots of birds and birdsong and look out for the little frogs in the lily ponds next to the tearoom. An excellent way to spend an afternoon.

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

The riot of colour, mix of exotic and familliar flowers, peace and views. The "Ladies Garden" was absolutely stunning.

Thank Kathy M
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Just like an old fashioned English garden but simply masses of tropical and wild flowers. The colouyr has to be seen to be believed.

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