Monte Palace Madeira

Monte Palace Madeira, Funchal: Hours, Address, Monte Palace Madeira Reviews: 4.5/5

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
About
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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Patricia W
Stoke-on-Trent, UK65 contributions
Fantastic Gardens, not to be missed
Sep 2021 • Couples
Fantastic gardens in Monte, you could spend the whole day there, it's huge and very beautiful. Get there either by cable car or tuk tuk.
Written October 27, 2021
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Angie M
Leicester47 contributions
Fabulous gardens
Oct 2021
Fabulous gardens with really interesting water features, lots of koi carp, statues & decorative tiles. Well worth visiting by cable car (parking & road up looks very difficult). Steep walk down into the gardens & back up but plenty of places to rest & even a buggy ride back up if you're too tired. Includes a free taster of Madeira wine when you get to the bottom of the garden. You can watch the famous basket sleds go past too. Note these gardens are not included in any package with the cable car tickets (the gardens they do include are Madeira botanical gardens & these are not worth the visit in my opinion having done both).
Written October 26, 2021
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I W
Barrow Upon Soar, UK170 contributions
Great place to relax
Oct 2021 • Couples
We went here on a Sunday morning and virtually had the gardens to ourselves for a good hour. We got to the chair lift at 9.00, into the gardens at 9.30 and spent a very pleasant 2 hours. When we got back to Funchal, there were queues to get on the chair lift, so I'd recommend going early. The only downside is that the toboggans don't run on a Sunday.
At the gardens, there's a number of self guided routes, but you can just wandering around at leisure. We spent 2 hours there but you could easily spend more. There's a few displays around, such as one on African art, or one on rocks and minerals, which was fascinating. There's also a cafe if you want a break.
Written October 25, 2021
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dashba
London, UK33 contributions
Some of the best gardens
Oct 2021
Some of the best gardens I have ever been to! The trees and flowers were incredible, a tropical paradise/ garden of Eden
Written October 23, 2021
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Jane L
Newbury, UK35 contributions
A pleasant day out
Oct 2021 • Couples
I'm a gardener and love all things plants, but in October, the plants in the garden felt very samey. Obviously it wasn't bloom time, so the palms and ferns were nice, and the koi pools and lakes were very pleasant. It did feel a bit expensive considering, but husband who isn't a gardener felt it was worth the €12.50 each. I can imagine in early summer it's amazing with the agapanthus, nerini and orchids. There's a free car park next to the cable car station / garden entrance, and another about 750m away by a stadium if that's full, though both pretty empty mid October. As others have said, eat at the cable car restaurant, it was excellent value for money and views were amazing. You can re-enter the gardens if you keep your ticket. Head down and across to the far right hand wall and you can watch the basket sledges going down the road. Time here 2-3 hours. Was disappointed that they hadn't labelled more of the plants, though trees were labelled. It wasn't busy when we went, but we did Google first to check when the cruise ships were in town, I imagine it would be busy then. The crystal exhibition was very pretty and interesting.
Written October 18, 2021
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LRN
14 contributions
Heavenly!
Oct 2021 • Solo
Like no botanical garden I’ve ever been to! Vast and interesting, there were lots of small details to discover that you don’t see on the map. Recommend going early, and catching a good breakfast at the Land cafe nearby to fuel you for some of the steep trails in the botanical gardens!
Written October 18, 2021
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Redalba
Aberdeen, UK47 contributions
Go early!
Oct 2021
I concur with previous posts. The Central Lake and the Southern Oriental Garden are the highlights. The Orchids were disappointing.

We scheduled our visit for (a) a Monday (generally the busiest tourist change over day) and (b) a day when there were no cruise ships in Port, in the hope that it would be quieter. We arrived for opening time at 9.30am. Very few people, calm and quiet.

When we left at mid-day we were surprised by the length of the queue at the ticket gate to the gardens. However this was nothing compared to the huge number of people queuing for the Cable Car! Unbelievable!
Written October 18, 2021
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Rebecca Eco Traveller
4 contributions
Unhappy, unhealthy, poorly looked after animals. Tourist Trap too.
Jul 2021
I get zero joy from leaving negative reviews about places and rarely ever do it. But I couldn't avoid sharing my thoughts from this overpriced tourist trap.

The fish here are in a terrible state, they were all heavily infested by lice, other problems and looked incredibly unwell. Look closely and you'll see their skin. The park should be ashamed of the treatment of animals here. Birds in small cages as well. There is nothing natural about this place. Making money from the pain and strees of animals is the summary of this place. I felt ashamed I had spent money here when I left.

If you're thinking oh well they are just fish I recommend you read the book 'what a fish knows, to realise how similar we are and how backwards our view is of these incredible creatures.
Written October 17, 2021
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4CornishTravellers
Torpoint, UK341 contributions
Monte Palace Gardens - Magical yet underwhelming! Over priced - Botanical Gardens better
Oct 2021 • Family
Interesting Magical Gardens but could be better value for money!
Having launched our Exploration of Monte via the Funchal Cable Car , which felt like good value @ €16 round trip per person, the Monte Palace Gardens (which we didn’t visit last year) was pricey at €12.50 per person having previously been €10 per person.
The overall landscape was impressive with some interesting forestry. The tiled cameos on the walls, from the entrance, depicting the history of Portugal from the 12th Century to present day , revealed an interesting history of the exploits of each Portuguese monarch and what they achieved during each reign.
The Museum however was a bit underwhelming with minimal explanation (in English anyway) and no knowledgeable staff on hand to offer an explanation. I can think possibly the venue were hoping you would pay for a guided tour? The Oriental Gardens, Lake area with man made waterfall was the highlight of the visit. The lower coffee shop and viewing point was the anticlimax! Even with the lure of free Maderia wine tasting, the experience was disappointing. The venue looked run down. Only one member of staff offering very little to purchase. Some crisps (or chips if American) some muffins, some soft drinks in a refrigerator and a Barista coffee machine was all that was available! We opted for collecting the free wine and 3 Cappuccino. Sadly, we were starving by 15:20 hours - but with so little choice, we opted to wait until we left the Gardens and ate at Patio Das Babosas Village (different review,) which was a big improvement.
The so called Palace was also disappointing and looked in need of some TLC. The best bit was the Tiled roof with the coat of arms. Definitely a renovation project for the near future.
The gardens were nice and the vegetation interesting by did not live up to the Billing!
Written October 15, 2021
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MIKECHRISManchester
Manchester, UK433 contributions
Something different around every corner
Oct 2021 • Couples
We visited these gardens & the botanical gardens, we thought the palace gardens were much better, there is a large variety of different things to see & every corner reveals something new & interesting. There is a lot of walking & climbing to do, if you get too tired there is a shuttle service to get you back to the entrance from the lowest point.
Written October 14, 2021
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