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Palheiro Gardens

Caminho Quinta do Palheiro 32, Funchal, Madeira 9060-255, Portugal
+351 291 793 044
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A Cornish garden in Madeira

Best in Spring when the camellias are in flower, overall it reminded us of a Cornish garden but not... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
All seasons garden

We visited on January 17th, quite warm and mostly sunny, like a June day at home. It was strange... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Stuart W
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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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“sunken garden” (18 reviews)
“rose garden” (17 reviews)
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Caminho Quinta do Palheiro 32, Funchal, Madeira 9060-255, Portugal
+351 291 793 044

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Best in Spring when the camellias are in flower, overall it reminded us of a Cornish garden but not so well tended. You get views of the Quinta which is now an hotel. There is a cafe serving light lunches, cakes and drinks. easy to...More

1  Thank Maureen1937
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on January 17th, quite warm and mostly sunny, like a June day at home. It was strange therefore to see so many deciduous trees without leaves and at the same time what we think of as April flowering plants (like Magnolia) coming into...More

2  Thank Stuart W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a city bus which stopped right outside the entrance to the Garden. There is a long walk down an access road to the garden. The location on a hillside overlooking Funchal is great, with views down to the harbor. There were shrubs and...More

Thank JDSenior
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A tour guide told us this was the best of 3 gardens in Funchal - Monte Tropical and Botanical being the other 2. We heartily disagree. Quite wild, and nothing special. Save your money by going to the other two mentioned.

Thank Brent C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent 2 hours here on a January day and really enjoyed the experience. Despite not everything being in bloom - it is January - there was plenty to see. We enjoyed the camellia walk, the cactus area and the topiary most of all.

Thank Allan J
Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

Went to see the Palheiro Gardens on 7th January. Unfortunately, they were far from their best, probably due to the time of the year. The admission is 11 Euros, with no discount for pensioners. In Winter, they should offer a reduced rate of say 50%...More

Thank Casa_Nostra_123
Reviewed 27 December 2017

we went to Palheiro gardens on a drizzly december day and were stunned with what we found. There are some of the most beautiful huge trees I have ever seen and there are plants from all around the world. Even on this damp december day...More

Thank DrAnnaSG
Reviewed 24 December 2017

Beautifully laid out gardens with fantastic number of superb plants - camellias especially stunning as many colours and varieties and flowering in late December.

Thank Fiona S
Reviewed 22 December 2017

We were already at Palheiro for lunch at the gold club with friends and decided that we would go for a walk around the gardens in the afternoon. The gardens are well laid out with lots of different species of plants and trees. Its worth...More

Thank Joycehird
Reviewed 28 November 2017

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

1  Thank oldsportyrelaxer
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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
5 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
5 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,