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Palheiro Gardens

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Address: Caminho 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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good garden

A pleasant garden with a range of plants. Limited parking and a lack of plant labeling dropped this to 4 from 5. Tea room good and acceptable pricing.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Barbara P
Tavira, Portugal
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

During our holidays we always visit one or 2 gardens. In Madeira we visited the Palheiro garden. It was announced of one of the bigger gardens in Madeira. We hoped to see a garden that would be flooded with flowers. The garden was big as announced but more with ancient trees and flowers in some pieces of the garden. It... More 

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Tavira, Portugal
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A pleasant garden with a range of plants. Limited parking and a lack of plant labeling dropped this to 4 from 5. Tea room good and acceptable pricing.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although we have been to Madeira several times this was our first visit to the Palheiro Gardens and we wish we had been before. What a special place it is - far better than the more well known botanical gardens and the Monte garden. Throughout there was a lovely display of flowers and some gorgeous plants. The 'formal' areas in... More 

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Worthing, UK
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I have visited these gardens several times in different seasons but this Spring visit seemed the best time of year to see these gardens. It was definitely more colourful than my Autumn visit. Roses and typical early summer flowers were blooming and also some really magnificent proteas. Plenty of colour, too, from fresh Spring foliage and exotic blossoms. There are... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have time just to visit one garden, choose this! Very well maintained, beautiful! The garden is located near the golf course, and we can recommend a stroll to the golf restaurant with good food, nice service and a stunning view over Funchal

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a little expensive at 10.50 Euro and a pretty basic garden. It was a bit out of the way and nothing that special. A dissapointment. To be fair - I went end of March so maybe the flowers are better a bit later in the year. If you have some apre time then visit but I would go... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited umpteen gardens in our week stay and this is probably the best kept and most interesting with no gimmicks. Beautiful flowers shrubs and trees, even the paths are wonderfully patterned. But beware, they are constructed with traditional pebble surfaces which can be painful with soft soled shoes!

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Desborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice gardens, long drive to car park, so if you go by bus or taxi be aware of quite a long walk before you get to the gardens. Well set out and very tidy, lots of gardeners working, unusual plants and trees. Not all paths are wheelchair accessible and the tea house is down steps so can't get to down... More 

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Oxted, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By contrast with the other main gardens around Funchal, Palheiro is slightly more difficult to find, but is well worth the effort. The gardens are beautifully laid-out on the side of the mountain with distant sea views, and developed over many decades to reflect the character of the island and also to showcase a bewildering array of tropical plants and... More 

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Hasselt, Belgium
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved this garden as it was blooming all over and well maintained. We also loved the fact that it has a structured (more French) part and a wilder (more English) part. We had a drink at the tea house (nice to see people play golf nearby) and on the terrace of the hotel.

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