Monte Palace Madeira
Monte Palace Madeira
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Open to the public since 1991, the Monte Palace Madeira occupies an area of 70.000 square meters and houses a huge exotic plant's collection, coming from all over the world, together with swans,duck's and Koi fish. The Monte Palace Museum is an ideal exhibition space nestled within the beautiful surroundings of a tropical garden. There are three floors, two of which are dedicated to sculptures and the third houses a unique mineral collection gathered from the four corners of the world. Monte Palace Madeira, also includes one of the most important tile collections in Portugal. The tiles exhibited amidst the tropical vegetation represent several ages, coming from palaces, churches, chapels and private houses throughout the former Portuguese empire. We are open everyday except 25th of December. Our prices are: Adults - 12,50€ Children younger than 15 years old: Free Entrance as long as they are accompanied by adults. Check our new facebook page montepalacetropicalgarden
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  • EilidhMac
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom224 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice, but not the wow factor I was expecting
    Definitely worth the 25 euros for the 2 of us, and we did enjoy strollilng round. I found the planting a bit 'en masse'. Like they got a few plants in and have propegated them until they have hundreds. Azaleas were in flower, but they were mostly the same colour for instance. Just not the variety I was expecting. The landscaping and water features are nice. Enjoyable, and I'd maybe try going again maybe later in the year, possibly there is more variety then, but in February it didn't have as much as I expected. I saw more flowers when we were out on a Levada walk through some meadows!
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 10, 2023
  • Andy C
    Hessle, United Kingdom32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great gardens
    Beautiful gardens that make you work for the pleasure but well worth the effort. The ride up on the cable car was great and the ride back down on the toboggan even better. Great way to spend a few hours
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 17, 2023
  • RobsGoodlife
    53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Garden to visit
    Everything about it is stunning and worth the entry price. Busy but not crowded and kept so well compared to other gardens visited. Cafe was staffed by efficient and helpful people and not overly priced either. Must see on any Madeira itinerary.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 18, 2023
  • David S
    Middlesbrough, United Kingdom1,722 contributions
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    MAGNIFICENT VIEWS
    Access the gardens at the top and almost immediately when getting off the cable car. The 12.50 Euros to get in was well worth the money because the gardens are truly vast. Just be warned, there's lots and lots of walking to do and the terrain is very unsettled and, in places, quite slippy. Nevertheless the gardens are magnificent and well worth spending 2 or 3 hours in.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 23, 2023
  • Travellers
    Devon, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tranquil gardens
    This is a beautiful place to spend the day or half a day. So tranquil and peaceful. Take the cable car ride up for views out over Funchal. We ate in the cafe at the bottoms of the garden which was reasonably priced. Looks of walking but just do it at your own pace.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 28, 2023
  • ALAN C
    Bedford, United Kingdom429 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy walking in the gardens and shade available
    We travelled up on the cable car from Funchal to see the Palace gardens and take the Toboggan ride down the hill. This is a great combination and needs half a day (3-4 hours). It’s easily accessible by bus 21 if you prefer to avoid the cable car. The gardens are worth a visit and there are two cafes for some lunch. There is also an African sculpture exhibition, that is quite interesting. There is good shade for sunny days and the walking around the gardens is easy.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2023
  • David S
    22 contributions
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    Very nice place to visit in Funchal.
    A very enjoyable and interesting place to visit when staying in Funchal. This is a very large garden on a steep hillside and if a little infirm on your feet this may prove a little difficult. Suggest that you use the chairlift from the seafront to Monte for your visit. There is only limited catering facilities on site and these were very busy on our visit although they are taking steps to improve one of the cafes.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 5, 2023
  • Martin Nel
    Bellville, South Africa424 contributions
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    Amazing gardens
    This is one of the best scenic attractions ito Gardens. Entrance is 12 euro per person and give you access to 'n beautiful manicured garden. Wine tasting is included, although it is only a very small glass. You need about 3 hours for this attraction. It is not wheelchair friendly, due to many steps.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 9, 2023
  • Darthling
    Telford, United Kingdom43 contributions
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    Beautiful day out in Funchal
    Loved our visit here. My son and I queued for over 40 minutes to get on the cable car but it was worth the wait. The Monte Palace Gardens is 12.50 for adults, and children 14 and under are free. There are 2 nice cafes, 2 covered exhibitions and so much outdoor space. We stayed for well over 3 hours just walking through the gardens. The views are amazing and the fish ponds were just so relaxing. Half way down the garden there is an area where you can see the people coming down in the baskets. We left the gardens around 4.30 and we got straight on to the cable car, no queues at all. Would love to do it again.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 10, 2023
  • Graham J
    Nuneaton, United Kingdom1,918 contributions
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    Brilliant
    Absolutely fantastic gardens and a wonderful exhibition of African art. Definitely a full day out. We went up in the cable car, also great. Most bland cheese and ham sandwiches in the world in the cafe, try to avoid that.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 10, 2023
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Plymouth, UK465 contributions
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Feb 2020
Having first visited the Botanic Gardens, which was pretty much as you'd expect a botanic garden to be (and none the worse for it), we were completely unprepared for this garden.

It reminded me of Portmeirion in Gwynedd, North Wales - the same mad flights of fancy, but this garden has a Japanese twist instead of the Italianate feel of Portmeirion.

We visited at the end of February, so there were very few flowers in bloom, but that didn't matter in the slightest - everywhere you looked was a view, lush greenery, a piece of sculpture or art, and ponds containing huge koi carp.

We absolutely loved it, and thought it was worth every penny of the 12.50 euro entrance fee.
Written March 14, 2020
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Thank you very much for your excellent review. It's really a pleasure receive this kind of reviews. We hope that in the future it will be possible to visit our garden.
Written May 7, 2020
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Suzi M
Denbighshire, UK44 contributions
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Jan 2020
I always visit the Monte Palace Gardens when I visit Madeira. I love the African masks and sculptures exhibition and the Mineral exhibition takes my breath away and makes me very emotional.
The Garden its self is captivating and packed with wonderful things to see.
The Gardens are on a very steep slope but if you don't fancy climbing back up you can take a buggy for 2.50 euros. Don't visit Funchal without visiting this wonderful place.
Written January 19, 2020
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ninat8688
Pori, Finland25 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Friends
Even if there were a lot of people, gardens are so large that you can enjoy your stroll on your own pace and wander around enjoying the fresh air and beautifully kept garden and art pieces. Two coffee shops. If feel tired or just for fun, you take a golf-cart back to the main gate for 2,5 € per person.
Written January 21, 2020
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dolpia
Svanderslev, Denmark299 contributions
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Jan 2020
We took the gondola lift to Monte. Wonderful views if you are not afraid of heights. Otherwise there is a local bus that goes up there. It takes about an hour and you see a lot of the city on the way.
The Palace Garden is beautiful, lots of interest, a nice cafe and nice toilets in different parts of the garden. We found one behind a small waterfall. Very useful!
The terrain is steep, but if it gets too much walking up, you can call a driver and for euro 2,50 they will drive you up to the entrance.
There are 40 tile panels picturing Portuguese history. There is a museum with African stone sculptures, a display of about 700 different minerals, tiles form the 15th to 20th centuary, niches and arches dottet around the garden and a large japanese garden. The lake and surroundings are spectacular as is the view from there.
We spent a couple of hours there and finished with coffee and homemade cake at the cafe at the top.
I highly recomend this garden. If you only have time for one garden, take this one and not the botanical garden.
Written January 26, 2020
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santpedor
Barcelona, Spain507 contributions
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Jan 2021
Magnificent gardens.We took the cable car from the old town up to these gardens.The ride takes about 15 minutes and costs 16 euros for a return ticket.However, you can go by car as there is a decent free car park.
The gardens are magnificent and we spent almost 3 hours wandering around.We loved the African statues and masks .
The gardens are attractively set out and well maintained. As we were there in January there were very few people about and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. I would highly recommend these gardens to all nature lovers.
The entrance ticket costs 12 and a half euros per adult.
There is a coffee shop where we had one of the best and strongest coffees ever !!!
Written January 8, 2021
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Chris R
Belfast, UK10 contributions
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Feb 2020
We had passed these gardens on our way, by cable car, to the Madeira Botanical Gardens. We didn’t realise they were so extensive and rather different from the Madeira Gardens.
We went up by bus, which is very inexpensive. However, when we wanted to make the return journey we found there wasn’t an easy bus service and we took a taxi instead.

The gardens are very extensive and interesting, if rather tiring as the visit involves quite a climb down and (more significantly) up again to the entrance. They are rather different from the other botanical gardens. There is water everywhere in them - lots of ponds, streams etc. The koi carp are great, and the noisy frogs. The gardens are divided up mainly as representing the plants of different regions of the world. There are extensive japanese structures as well as plants.
The museums deserve mention too - a large mineral museum and a huge collection of Zimbabwean sculpture. Both are somewhat specialist interest but impressive. The ticket price also includes a tasting of Madeira wine. I’m not sure this is very useful, but there is a good café in the gardens. The gardens are well served with toilets.

It is obvious that the organisation which owns the gardens has invested hugely in them, and is maintaining them very well. The level of ongoing maintenance of the plants is quite impressive. Altogether we enjoyed spending a couple of hours in the gardens. We could have spent twice as much time if we had arrived earlier in the day. The entry price is not cheap, but as a once-off we were not too unhappy with it.
Written February 28, 2020
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Thank you so much for visiting and for this excellent review. You are always welcome.
Written August 14, 2020
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Gill G
Cockermouth, UK21 contributions
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Mar 2023 • Couples
A must visit destination, although you need to be fit and mobile to cope with the steps and steep gradients. The effort is well worth it, as the gardens are truly spectacular. Would recommend taking a 31 bus to the Botanical Gardens (€1.95) then buying a combined entry ticket plus both cable cars (Botanical to Monte and then Monte to Funchal (€28). Once you get to Monte, you need to pay your entrance fee (€12.50). The gardens combine terrific layout with works of art and are really well laid out and signposted. You should also witness the remarkable wooden toboggans that set off just outside the gardens (huge queues…), and a climb up to the Monte church is also worthwhile. There are good cafes at both gardens. Makes for a full day out!
Written March 4, 2023
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FamilyTraveller
Peterborough502 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
We visited here in the late afternoon when it was quieter. I imagine it could get quite busy at times and some of the paths are quite narrow.

Whilst there was no queues, it took about 20/25 minutes to sort our tickets out. We paid using contactless on our iPhone. Even though we had confirmation that the payment had gone through, the cashier was insistent it hadn’t and said we needed to pay again. Reluctantly, after a discussion, we agreed as we wanted to see the gardens and had wasted enough time already. Sure enough, it transpired that we had been charged twice and ended up spending ages trying to sort out a refund.

The gardens are lovely and are definitely worth a visit. There is also a small museum with gems/rocks etc. There are quite a few steep steps, although I spotted a golf buggy taking people round, which would be advisable if you have mobility issues for example. We only spent an hour or so here, but we could have done with longer.

When we visited, the gardens closed at 6pm, although the last cable car back down to Funchal was at 5.30pm.

I’d definitely recommend a visit here, but allow yourself half a day or so.
Written October 30, 2021
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Joanna B
Oxford, UK43 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
So easy - take the cable car. Enjoy the views. Cross the road and walk around in the beautifully-kept gardens. Don’t miss the exhibitions - kids will love the carved animals and faces from Zimbabwe.
€12.50 per adult seemed a lot but there’s an incredible amount of work that goes into maintaining the gardens and pools. We didn’t come at the right time of year for all the glorious colours but the foliage and tranquility was lovely.
Written March 2, 2020
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Thank you so much for this excellent review. We hope you can visit our garden in the spring.
Written August 14, 2020
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Keith L
Taunton, UK211 contributions
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Feb 2020
We rated this as one of the must do sites on the island. It is easy to reach either by various buses or, preferably, by cable car that departs from the waterfront. The garden entrance is opposite the upper cable car station, is located at the top of the large garden that stretches down a valley. It offers plenty of differing sections, walkways and views. On idea would be to journey down one side and slowly return on the other giving time to see each of the specialist gardens. Allow three hours for this. There is an exhibition area inside the buildings near the entrance, currently displaying sculptures from Zimbabwe.

If you proceed past the entrance you will approach the Monte Church and the start of the basket toboggan run which offers an exhilarating alternative descent to the cable car.
Written March 29, 2020
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It's a pleasure to read your positive review. We can only thank you and hope that you will soon be able to visit our garden.
Written May 6, 2020
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