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Palheiro Gardens

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Address: Caminho Quinta do Palheiro 32, Funchal, Madeira 9060-255, Portugal
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The gardens at "Quinta do Palheiro" are famous not only for the...

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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Definitely worth a visit. A great array of tropical plants which we in Britain see as indoor pot plants. There is a café there with an excellent view of Funchal

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Glasgow, Scotland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It looks like a nice set of gardens, but I think we saw it at a time of the year (late Sept) when the plants were past its best.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Definitely worth a visit. A great array of tropical plants which we in Britain see as indoor pot plants. There is a café there with an excellent view of Funchal

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have been coming to Madeira on and off for the past 12 years, and have never got round to visiting Blandys Gardens. We knew we would not see it at its best as it was September and camilia flowering time, but to be honest there was not a lot to see. Great views over to Funchal, some very large... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I loved my time at the gardens. I have never seen such exquisite Moonflower shrubs. Huge trees. Fabulous flowers abund. Best species of Dutchmans Pipe i have ever witnessed. Grest selection of succulents. the gardens are very well tended and the tea house is a delight. A definate must see.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Hair raising ride on bus (good really)as on top of hill as most things are in Maderia .very nice gardens,probably better may June time.nice tea room 37 bus takes you right outside 36 just down the road

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although the gardens have been slightly affected by the recent fires, it did not spoil our enjoyment of the time spent there. We used the local buses to get to and from the gardens, which is an experience in itself! We knew that at this time of year we had missed the cemelias, however there were plenty of other flowers/plants/trees... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

beautiful gardens covering wide area some stunning specimens not too steep and all very accessible , the tea rooms are very clean and do some nice snacks, the bus stops right outside no 36 or 36a from the marina area cost was around 2/3 euros

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A must to see if you're a garden lover. As always best in spring but still a pleasure anytime. And the best bit is tea and homemade cakes at the small cafe in the bottom corner. Go by bus from the bus station in Funchal close to the gondola station on the promenade.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is worth picking your day to visit the gardens as apparently if it is misty or there is low cloud you can't see more than 100 metres ahead of you. Gardens are lovely and our guide was knowledgeable about the history and the various plants

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning Gardens. The colours of the beautiful flowers are delicious. Do have Tea and Cake in the tea house too.The bus journey up to the Gardens was like a white knuckle ride but absolutely worth it.

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