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“Quinta Bonita!”
Review of Palheiro Gardens

Palheiro Gardens
Ranked #10 of 149 things to do in Funchal
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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.
Reviewed November 25, 2012

Easily the most attractive garden we visited. It's part of a luxury hotel complex and it is well tended and stocked with some lovely plantings. You can't visit the main house (which I think is owned by the Blandy family) but it's lovely to look at and there is a nice tea house at the bottom of the garden overlooking the golf course. Well worth the visit, though it's a bit out of town.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

These gardens are the most beautiful I have ever seen - every possible plant and tree you can imagine, and despite damage from the fires earlier in the season, they are still magnificent.

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

My wife and I visited the gardens in October 2012. We took the bus from Funchal and the driver was very helpful and told us when we reached the stop and how to get to the garden gate.It was a quiet Saturday afternoon and there were few people in the gardens. We had an enjoyable few hours and enjoyed the various aspects, rose garden but late in the season and the lilly pond. The small tea room was clean and inviting and we had a drink and a sandwich... all very nice.
It was sad to see that the areas just outside the main garden and down in the ravine (inferno) had been badly damaged in the summer wild fires. There had been a lot of clearing but still evidence of the damage. Other visitors disliked the smell of charcoal but the people can do little about that as it was a terrible natural disaster and will take time to heal. It was still worth a visit.
We then walked up the hill to the levada and walked westwards in the direction of Monte, called at the Hortensia tea room and then caught a but out s0die the tea room back in to Funchal.
A pleasant and relaxing afternoon.

3  Thank retiredlancslad
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

I have visited this garden at different times of the year and there has always been something in flower. It looked at its best when I visited one year in May. I have been several times in January. I have just been there ( Sept.) and despite the 14 month drought Madeira has had and the recent forest fire that stopped short of the main garden there was still plenty to see in the lower part of the garden. There was less to see than usual in the upper part of the garden. If you turn left at the chapel and follow the path down you pass flower borders on either side. Some steps take you down to a pretty circular bed with topiary birds and a little water lily pond in the middle. There are some interesting trees including a pagoda tree. In this area and it was green there were lots of flowers. Monarch butterflies hovered around Angel's trumpet flowers. At the bottom is a long pond with water lilies. This leads to the tea house where you can get a light lunch and some lovely freshly made cake. My favourite is the dark honey cake with pineapple and dried fruit and nuts.

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Reviewed July 30, 2012

first ou pay a lot of money to enter (10,50e) , you walk 500 meters among the threes that were recently burned, the smell is awful, finally you reach a little garden where all the plants are dry or almost dried, nothing interesting to see, the coffee i the garden restaurant not tasty. If you are not a real garden or plant addict, DON'T go there ! You will loose a great time !

1  Thank duckx
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