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Palheiro Gardens

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Address: Caminho da Quinta do Palheiro, 32, Funchal, Madeira 9060-255, Portugal
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+351 291 793 044
09:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:30

The gardens at "Quinta do Palheiro" are famous not only for the...

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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A garden for real gsarden lovers

Second visit - slightly later this time so different. Lots of space, lots of different sections very quiet when we were there and with the limited car parking that is probably... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Dunblane, United Kingdom
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Dunblane, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Second visit - slightly later this time so different. Lots of space, lots of different sections very quiet when we were there and with the limited car parking that is probably true most of the time. But be prepared for a lot of walking over somewhat uneven surfaces. Tea room right at the bottom did fantastic cakes! Worth the walk

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was an unexpected delight, visited on local recommendation it was a very pleasant garden, in many senses an English country garden with the addition of some exotic plants. A lovely location and well worth a visit.

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Skipton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited the gorgeous Palheiro Gardens (also known as Blandy's Gardens) whilst holidaying in Funchal. Used local bus (yellow/gold colour) run by the Horarios do Funchal company. They have a very good website with downloadable tourist guide in English. Their buses on routes 36, 36a and 37 all stop either near the gardens or at the entrance. They offer a cheap... More 

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Southwell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a really beautiful place and we would heartily recommend it. We visited in the afternoon, and there were very few other people there. The gardens are well kept, but not immaculate, and full of colour - in March it was like a preview of an English summer with some more exotic plants thrown in for good measure -... More 

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Kent, UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Set in a remote location not too Far East of Funchal. We thought the entry fee if Euro10.50 was far too expensive for what there is to see. The is limited parking through the main gates, pay on the right as you enter, then drive for around 500 meters. Several paths were quite steep so not good got anybody with... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We reached the gardens via a public bus, which was an adventure in itself. There are widespread views looking over Funchal, which is impressive. The entrance fee was rather pricey, but the gardens themselves are very attractive and well maintained. There are plenty of different trees, shrubs and flowers with a variety of colour even in March. The paths are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Even in March, the gardens are packed with colour and interest. Many flowers are out, even the proteas, cherry trees are flowering (a big draw for the island’s endemic Trocaz Pigeons). Easy access by bus or taxi could mean that it could be crowded, but the spacious grounds allow space for everyone. Wonderful walks provide great views and many different... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A fantastic example of an English garden with outdoor "rooms"; courtyard type arrangement with formal borders and architectural elements containing delightful informal planting. If you liked Sissinghurst and Hidcote you'll love this because the Madeira sun just makes everything flower like crazy and allows for the fantastic shapes of tropical plants to add superb design elements. It's a beautifully tended,... More 

Richmond, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

These gardens are delightful and a must for visitors to Madeira. Very natural with some great views and an interesting layout. We would go back.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved these gardens - our first visit this year and we were not disappointed.Lots of proteas, camellias and topiary.

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