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Address: Caminho da Quinta do Palheiro, 32 | 9060-255, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
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Description: The gardens at "Quinta do Palheiro" are famous not only for the variety of...
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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Not so magnificent as Monte Palace Gardens, but surely worthwhile to visit, for those who love gardens, and Madeira Island is a garden itself. Open all year to the public (10... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Not so magnificent as Monte Palace Gardens, but surely worthwhile to visit, for those who love gardens, and Madeira Island is a garden itself. Open all year to the public (10€ / person). Located about 15 minutes from downtown Funchal (you can go by Bus). Peaceful and luxurious, it´s a perfect place for a walk, enjoying lakes with water lilies... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Spring would undoubtedly be the best time to visit the gardens - our visit in January was pleasant, but possibly not worth the €10.50 per person entrance fee. Not suitable for anyone with mobility issues. Nice toilets.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This garden is also known as Blandy's Garden and is still owned by the family of Madeira Wine producers. Camellias were still in flower and some roses too. The gardens are well laid out and the pathways are fairly easy walking: there may be areas with limited access for wheelchairs and prams. There is a decent Tea House for refreshments.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

There are said to be thousands of camellia bushes/trees in the gardens and many of them were in bloom.Some of the exotic conifers were spectacular and very well labelled. There was a fascinating seasonal mix with some of the deciduous trees still bare yet with delphiniums and other summer flowers in bloom. The tea house provides excellent snack lunches and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The Palheiro gardens is a nice retreat if it's getting too crowded or hot in Funchal. Hundreds of different and exotic plants from around the globe are exhibited here. The gardens were established already in early 19th century and since that more and more plants have been introduced here. Worth to mention is the camelia avenue as well as the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Visited Palheiro Gardens on Monday for first time in around 12 years. It is now open all day every day rather than only half the day a couple of days a week which used to be the case way back. However these gardens are not that wonderful when compared to Funchal's Jardim Botanico or Monte Palace Tropical Gardens. Palheiro is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

A great variety of flora. Nice to have it as our garden as we lived in the luxurious Relais Chateau more or less in the garden.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We visited the garden in January and were surprised to see so many plants in bloom. Can only imagine how glorious it must look in the summer. If you are a garden enthusiast it's worth a visit. Many different species of plants and trees. Especially enjoyed the sunken garden. Fab views of Funchal too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Lovely gardens, not too big to walk around ......it was winter so not too many flowers out but very pretty Take your own refreshments, restaurant expensive

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Easy to get to by bus or taxi, there is a great variety of things to see here. We specially loved the sunken garden. The Japanese tea house is a great place for a cup of tea and a piece of case to fortify you.

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