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Palheiro Gardens

Caminho da Quinta do Palheiro, 32 | 9060-255, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
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Ranked #11 of 55 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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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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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

These were the most incredible gardens in Funchal. The blend of Madeiran and English plants and design are incredible with wonderful trees, shrubs and flowers. A garden not to be missed on a visit to Funchal.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Having read the reviews from others, we expected something special from these gardens but were sorely disappointed. The approach via winding roads is rather shabby and the gardens themselves looked rather neglected - a fading glory. There were some lovely mature trees and a pretty rose garden, plus a good lily pond with lots of frogs basking in the sun.... More

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Sheffield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

These magnificent gardens are part of the vast Palheiro Estate. They are open to the public from 09.00 to 17.30 for an entrance fee of 10.50 euros, but as guests of the Casa Velha do Palheiro we were able to access them for free. Shady paths lined with camellia and bottle brush trees and rustling with green lizards meander past... More

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Bristol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Just couldn't stop taking photos of the beautiful flowers and plants. We found the booklet map a bit puzzling and not easy to follow. Had a nice cup of coffee in the cafe.

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