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Palheiro Gardens

Caminho Quinta do Palheiro 32, Funchal, Madeira 9060-255, Portugal
+351 291 793 044
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My favourite Funchal Garden

I really liked this garden. All sorts of exotic things growing outside which would be in a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
A worthwhile visit.

An interesting garden to visit. Like most of Funchal, this garden has plenty of sloping walks and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wells, UK
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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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  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Caminho Quinta do Palheiro 32, Funchal, Madeira 9060-255, Portugal

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really liked this garden. All sorts of exotic things growing outside which would be in a glasshouse in the UK. Very spacious. I found it very relaxing. Great views. The map and plant list which I thought was poor. Almost the first plant I...More

Thank oldsportyrelaxer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An interesting garden to visit. Like most of Funchal, this garden has plenty of sloping walks and pathways. Loads of cobbles which can be hard on the feet. Nevertheless, the gardens are very picturesque, or rather would be if the shrubs were in bloom. November...More

Thank Witzendwizard
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Camelias, roses and many tropical plants on display. Long avenues and vistas over looking the bay of Funchal. Bit out of the way but worth a visit if you are on this side of town, very peaceful.

Thank Tricia C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I visited the gardens this autumn. The walk was very relaxing with a good range of flowers and trees .I imagine in the spring and summer the gardens would be more alive with colour. There were also good views from parts of the garden.. A...More

Thank ann w
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Not in good Shape. Rose Garden a pitty ! Much too expensive for what you can see. Better go to Monte and see the tropical garden.

Thank AChauKraichtal
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Although this is superb in summer it was lovely in November and so much quieter than the Botanic Gardens. There is also a good little cafe near the golf course adjoining

Thank jillwas2017
Reviewed 22 October 2017

We caught a local bus to the gardens without any problem, the driver telling us which stop to get off at. The gardens were delightful to wander around & tho' it was not the best time of year for flowers there was still plenty to...More

1  Thank Sedateskier
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

May have been one of the 250 best gardens in the world at one time, but that must have been a long time ago. Drab lifeless shrubbery with no attempt to inform. You'd be far better off buying a drink to gain access to the...More

Thank ebordingle
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

These gardens were a real find, they are so peaceful and are home to a wonderful array of plant and flower species. We had lunch in the tea house which was very pleasant. Look out for the frogs around the ponds! Fantastic!

Thank Edward B
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Having visited Madeira a few times we were wanted to visit some places we had not been to before. The gardens turned out to be one of the best Funchal attractions we have ever visited. We prefer doing our own trips as opposed to tours...More

1  Thank Owl22270
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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
6 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
6 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,