Palheiro Gardens
Palheiro Gardens
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • Dr TPC
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best garden on Madeira island
    What a delight to go round this garden with representative flora from many parts of the world, especially South Africa. Fans of Camellia will not be disappointed. I would love to be able to visit monthly to see the seasonal changes. Some of the trees are breathtaking!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 9, 2023
  • hoteljunkie99
    Emsworth, United Kingdom344 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Varied and enjoyable planting
    We arrived at the gardens after a walk from the No 36 bus stop. We then realised that the No 37 takes you right to the gates. There were no guides in English available. Much less crowded than Monte Gardens, there is much to enjoy here in the varied planting that includes South African as well as native species. For a person with mobility issues it’s not ideal; there are the usual small cobbles, steps and steep slopes, with no buggy available. (The so-called disabled loo at the entrance is up a cobbled slope.) The tea room seems to cope with the number of visitors, and there are large and unusual cakes on offer to go with your mug of Tetley’s. We were hoping there might be packets of seeds on sale, but that wasn’t the case. Anyway, a pleasant visit to a peaceful garden.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 13, 2023
  • Laura T
    Middlesbrough, United Kingdom7,002 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not our favourite garden in Funchal, but we enjoyed a couple of hours wandering around in the sunshine
    This is a large garden full of lush vegetation and indigenous plants. There are many small areas to explore including Camellia Avenue, Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Long Border and the Ladies' Garden - which is where you find the tea house, which seems to be highly recommended in other reviews. There is also the Ribeiro do Inferno, a deep valley with tree ferns and indigenous plants. We particularly enjoyed exploring this area, although the paths would not be suitable for anyone with limited mobility or a pushchair. The paths in the main garden areas are mostly good and although the gardens are spread out, there's not too much walking required to get around and see it all, although there is initially quite a long walk of 10 minutes or more to actually arrive at the gardens from the main gate. We happily spent a couple of hours walking around, but in late April there wasn't nearly as many flowers to see as I had been expecting, so I imagine a visit in May/June to be much better. I did particularly enjoy seeing the yellow poppies however. There are a couple of lovely view points too. The gardens were very quiet when we visited with not many other visitors. There is a bus stop right outside the main entrance, and a bus timetable with full information on how to get to Funchal - take Nos 36 or 37 buses. We were going to get a bus but found Bolt (the local equivalent of Uber or Grab) so quick and easy to use and so reasonably priced that we opted for a quicker car ride to the next attraction on our fun packed touristy day. Open daily from 9am to 5pm. Tickets are €10 each. We recommend to spend upto 2 hours exploring the gardens.
    Visited April 2022
    Written March 21, 2023
  • Ken C
    Bottesford, United Kingdom535 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely colourful gardens
    Got the 37 bus to entrance of gardens(the 36 drops you off quite a walk away) Beautiful colourful gardens which take a good two hours to see. Not as steep as Monte or Botanical Gardens so a bit easier on limbs. Lots of different flowers and trees so different to others you may visit.Tea rooms at one end and toilets at three locations!!! Buy the guide for 1€ as it’s worth it.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • mick b
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Well worth a visit. It’s fairly easy walking but some bits are steep. Be careful on the day you go. If cruise ships in then the wait for the cable car can be long and a taxi is a better option. At the top the taxi drivers can hustle you and charge more than a going rate. Get a price before committing
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 12, 2023
  • Alfred G
    California30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A quiet place
    I visited in November and was dazzled by the gorgeous colors. This place oozed tranquility. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and stayed most of the afternoon. The pathways are laid out to reveal surprising vistas. I plan on returning next spring and summer to see what this garden has to offer at those seasons.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 16, 2023
  • AndrewBBKenrick
    North Wales, United Kingdom78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Garden full of extraordinary trees.
    A large, rambling garden planted with an extraordinary collection of large trees. In places it is a bit “tired” but that is only the flower beds. From the moment one enters there are huge Hybrid Plane Trees and a pebbled drive curves down past vast beds of Agapanthus and Camelias to the sunken gardens lined with Box hedges. But the surprises are the age and size of specimen trees from Brazil and Australia. A pair of monumental Canary Island Pines have exceeded all expectations and grown into towering behemoths. The lawn of the house has surely one of the oldest and biggest Norfolk Island “Pine” trees anywhere and a Camphor Tree sprawls across a vast area. This a garden for the knowledgeable and for the beginner, most of the trees are labelled, but because of their rarity more need to be identified. A wonderful Arboretum for ten Euros!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 8, 2023
  • Lilacwheaty
    Nottingham, United Kingdom854 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice exotic gardens with views back to Funchal
    Lots to see here, including some features not seen elsewhere. We were very taken by the use of various exotic plants as edging to beds. Friendly staff and reasonable cost for a 90- 120 minute visit
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 1, 2024
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geoffrey_carver
Great Malvern, UK185 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Our recent visit here coincided with good weather and that's always good on a garden walk around. The entry fee is 11 Euro per person paid at the start of a pretty abysmal drive to the car park. Things don't start well. The leaflet provided has a small map which is not easy to use but there are no helpful signs either at this point. We ambled off in the wrong direction but eventually found where we were and retraced our steps to the tea house. The BLT was good and the service pleasant. Then off again.There are odd highlights but it is quite difficult to get your head around this large space. We finished up in a fairly formal part of the garden near the house and sat on a bench which tipped you off slowly but surely.There are odd signs and plant labels around but many more would be welcome. I didn't come away enthused but maybe January, even in this mild climate , is not the best viewing time..
Written January 30, 2020
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Robert W
Brentwood, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Monte is more popular, but Palheiro is much more floral and to our mind more attractive. The walk from the entrance is also much less steep than Monte and takes you through an avenue of camellias.
It has an excellent snack bar at the bottom of the garden with delicious pastries.
The one challenge is the bus timetable - in particular there is a 2 hour gap for getting back in the afternoon. You can get a taxi to take you up and bring you back at an agreed time, but beware, they will ask an excessive price, so be prepared to negotiate.
Written February 26, 2023
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Robert W
Brentwood, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This is beautiful garden, with a fascinating variety of plants and flowers, but does need time to explore. We have previously been in spring when the mimosa greets you as you enter. The entrance is not so impressive in autumn, but the wild amaryllis Belladonna make an attractive display beside the drive. Once you get to the more formal gardens it is a visual feast from the beautiful to the bizarre. There are many flowers, flowering bushes, flowering trees. Contrary to another reviewer, our impression was of a much greater variety than you would ever find in England. We also found the tea-room open (from 11 am), and their pastries were delicious and not expensive.
Tours including the gardens can cost a lot, and don't always give you a lot of time. The bus from the terminus near the cable car is quick & cheap. You do need to check the times - there is a 2 hour gap in the afternoon - but it is very easy. An ideal place to go for a relaxing morning or afternoon.
Written October 16, 2021
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Tanya S
Newton Abbot, UK6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Lovely open space, beautiful views from there. Possibly in some seasons there will be more to be seen than in others.
However, to visit the place you need to pay more than to visit other better places such as the botanical gardens and Monte Palace). There is not very regular busses going up there essentially during the weekend so there is pretty good chance you might get ripped off from the taxi service around.
The quality of the food and the drinks in the Tea rooms is pretty average, in fact we had the worst BTL sandwich ever.
I am not surprised now there were only a few visitors around.
Written March 19, 2023
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Kevin Prickett
Geleen, The Netherlands76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
My wife and I spent a few hours walking around these gardens and found it a really peaceful experience, lots of different plants, flowers and trees to catch your eye, all of it nice to wander around because it’s generally quite level, there’s even a good cafe where we stopped to have some coffees and snacks. We’d recommend this to anyone ..nice way to escape for a few hours.
Written September 1, 2022
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GMR70
Wimauma, FL35 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
First it cost 10 euros per person to enter and 1 euro for a brochure with a map. What a waste! First the girl who took our money did not tell us that we could drive down the rocky road to the parking lot and entrance. Instead she just pointed at the road and said “you start there”. It was a difficult walk not only because of the rocky hill but we were dodging the cars coming up and down the hill. When I confronted her later about why she didn’t tell us we could drive down to a close parking lot, she said she didn’t know we had a car! So she assumes everyone walks from wherever they are on the island or takes a bus?! The walk down and back up that road was strenuous and rocky and long. Then the gardens: Nothing was labeled (we thought by coming here we’d learn the names of the beautiful flowers we see all over the island) and a lot were dead or not in bloom. We spent an hour there and more than half was getting up and down the “driveway”. Madeira is a beautiful island with flowers everywhere. This place is a waste of time. Just drive around and you’ll see beauty everywhere.
Written May 5, 2023
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Stuart T
Nice, France24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Lots of colour in the garden even though it was 1st Feb. Lovely walks through the garden with snatches of views of downtown Funchal. enjoyed a coffee and apple cake at the tea house. We caught the36a bus to get there and when we left we turned right at the exit to walk to the Levada dos Tornos and along it to the Hortensia Tea House to catch the 47 bus back to Funchal
Written February 5, 2020
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Sulev Nurme
Tartu, Estonia166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This garden is a little miracle! While everyone talks about the wonders of Funchal's botanical garden, the real wonder is Palheiro. This is real dream of Garden of Eden. This is old, maintained well but not over... If you are interested, the trees are labeled with the species of trees. There are a few different theme gardens - all nice and picturesque. There can be found nice white chapel and also very cute small tea house. The tea house menu is a bit expensive but our quiches and cakes were just excellent!

I recommend park your car near the main gate and take a walk to gardens from gate - this 15 minutes under old platane trees is worth walking. Amazing garden!
Written November 14, 2022
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Judith L
Warwick, UK344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
What a gem ,- by far the best gardens around Funchal. So peaceful, cool and pretty. A very English garden with pools, topiary, roses, herbaceous borders but some exotic plants too. Well maintained and quiet. Off the beaten track which means few discover it which is a real shame. There is a bus from the centre - it is about 20/25 mins by car. A taxi will cost you about 35 euros return but it is worth it - tea room there as well.
Written May 21, 2022
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Roger A
Stamford, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
A lovely visit to Palheiro today, exceedingly tranquil! Lots to see, especially plants from tropical climes, many labelled. As signed by the entrance, you can walk down - or drive through the gates, pay, then continue down to a parking area. A pleasant light lunch at the Tea House at the far end on the gardens - Delightful!
Written February 19, 2023
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