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Palheiro Gardens

Caminho da Quinta do Palheiro, 32 | 9060-255, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
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Ranked #11 of 53 attractions in Funchal
Type: Gardens
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Lincolnshire
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

So much better than the botanical gardens and Monte Palace. It starts off slowly but improves as you get further into the garden. We resisted the temptation of a door to door taxi and took the bus for less than 7 euros return for the two of us. The journey was an interesting part of the day. Cafe located at... More

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

These gardens were my favourite in all Madeira. Finding the location was more tricky than I imagined but there is a bus up here from Funchal so that shouldn't put you off. I enjoyed the woodland walk viewing the buzzards catching the thermals and floating overhead and the aroma is as much of an attraction as the colour. The tearooms... More

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Matlock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The bus ride up from Funchal is exciting. We caught the 36 which leaves Funchal close to the teleforique. We saw the gardens when the agapanthus were in full bloom and the borders on the long drive taking you to the main garden was full of them. The gardens were full of interest, with unusual plants from around the world.... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Walking on the estate experiencing the lovely grounds and gardens. Walking among the trees with the smells of pine and cedar. Having tea in the hotel grounds or tea house. Fantastic.

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

garden is nice, but only small and not comparable with the monte palace gardens, think we only spent 30 minutes over there.

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Chislehurst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Amazing variety of trees and plants to explore. It is a great privilege to have free access to this lovely garden when staying at Casa Velha.

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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

lovely spot next to spectacular golfcourse . many fantastic trees from all over the world . Huge Norfolk island Pine and The biggest tulip tree I have ever seen . the garden does not compare favourably with English gardens with our wonderful herbaceous borders . Saw three local men planting a new bit of lawn . their heart was not... More

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Shropshire UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Pleasant secluded spot. Nice tea room for light refreshments. Well worth a visit. You can get there by public transport. Our visit in June saw some of the flowering shrubs past their best. May have been even better in May.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The gardens are privately owned and very nice. The Palheiro golf course borders the gardens and from their coffee / tea house you can peak onto the course. We enjoyed strolling through the gardens. We parked outside the ticket office which meant that it was quite a long way to the actual entrance of the park. While we walked down... More

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Fort-de-France, Martinique
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

its variety of plants, trees, flowers, is incredible; there were fewer visitors than in other gardens, maybe because of the higher entrance fee; but this should not deter any garden lover; access is quite easy with the city yellow buses.

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