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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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Great finish for a hiking tour from Monte to Palheiro via Hortensia Tea House

Most probably an excellent visit in spring. Late summer made the gardens look a bit poor and untended. A pleasant surprise was the quiet ambiance since there were far less... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Most probably an excellent visit in spring. Late summer made the gardens look a bit poor and untended. A pleasant surprise was the quiet ambiance since there were far less visitors than in other, more advertised gardens.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

These gardens are really nice, we caught the local bus and got here quite easy. They are not as big as the tropical gardens but they are very nice. Some people think nicer but they are so different it is hard to judge.

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Blakeney, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This garden must be one of the biggest gardens in Madeira and certainly one of the most varied including both small formal areas with clipped topiary and wild steep valleys bordering an impressive golf course. The variety of trees is immense and the drive from the entrance down to the gardens provided a beautiful sweep of white and blue agapanthus... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Once there from the bus, it's delightful! It is a tough walk both there and to the gardens. Would love to visit in May when I suspect the gardens would be at their best. There are not many buses back at weekends and we had to get a taxi

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Warwick
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

These gardens are a gem - not widely advertised so not heaving with tourists, but really colourful and bursting with flowers, bushes, trees, lily-ponds and a fabulous tea-house with shady terrace. They are formal gardens, arranged around the private house, but with a relaxed feel. There are big bright butterflies flapping around the roses, and bright green frogs on the... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Very nice and extremely well kept gardens that are part of the Blandy's estate in the Funchal hills. Expect a mixture of more formal gardens and of a bit wilder tropical parts. And a frog pond next to a tea house kept by staff of the nearby 5 star hotel. Worth a visit, although probably not worth a detour.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Fabulous gardens - great tea room - inexpensive bus ride from town - well worth a visit. Even better if you tag it on to the end of a levada walk!!

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Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Not the biggest of gardens but a very diverse range of flowers, shrubs and trees. Plenty of places to just sit - in the shade or in the sun. Nice little tea room with a terrace. Lovely water lily pond with frogs hopping about everywhere. Local bus from Funchal takes you right to the gate and if you can't be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

So worth the trip up the mountain. It's just stunning up there. Beware that the entrance is about half a km from the ticket office on a dusty track - it's uphill all the way back. Unless you're fit I would recommend taking a car up there and getting him to wait for you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We visited on a really hot day so it was nice to get into the shade sometimes. The flowers here are beautiful and it is much quieter than the other two gardens and therefore more peaceful. A lovely visit.

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