Monte Palace Tropical Garden, Funchal

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The beautiful Monte Palace Tropical Garden surrounds a palace built by Alfredo Guilherme Rodrigues when he acquired the property in 1897. The garden aspect was established 100 years later in 1987 and features exotic plants as well as native ones, primarily from the Madeira forest. Travel along pathways past lakes with koi fish. View artworks integrated into the landscape, such as the garden's ceramic tile collection from the 15th century. A museum houses an exhibit of contemporary Zimbabwean sculpture and a collection of minerals and gems from around the world. Add Monte Palace Tropical Garden and other attractions to your Funchal trip itinerary using our Funchal travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Great place to visit. Plenty of exotic plants, trees, waterfalls, beautiful flowers. You must to see this place while visiting Madeira.  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    We had a lovely time here, but we should've worn better footwear, as the path is very uneven underfoot. Get there early to enjoy more than one of the suggested routes. Enjoyed a free sample of Madeira...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    Great afternoon looking around the gardens. Kids really loved the steping stones and the chinese warriors. Wonderful place.  more »
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  • the garden itself is beautiful and worth a visit. but don't use the cable car. it's overpriced and slow. a taxi will bring you there much faster and more cheap
  • Must see! Very nice place, defenitely worth seeing. A large collection of plants. Beautiful tiles telling the story of Portugal. Nice monuments etc.
  • Visited on an unseasonably hot day (31°) In early March and loved the multi-level layout, the Chinese garden and the tall trees, which offered welcome shade. The exhibition of crystals and gems was interesting. Can't vouch for the cafe near the cable car as we didn't eat or drink there, though it looked like a pleasant spot. The second cafe at the far end was a major disappointment however as it sold nothing gluten-free and what seemed to be a small selection of sugary drinks, tea, coffee and cakes. We had to walk a long way in the heat to find a restaurant In Monte (Belomonte) that offered proper lunchtime catering.
  • Great place to spend a few hours, especially if you're looking to stay out of the sun. There's a lovely little greenhouse style café at the top of the gardens and the gardens themselves are impressive. It's​ important to note that the orchids only flower between December and May (although most had already gone over when we visited in early May) and the rest of the flowers come out in late May.
  • I didn't see the other botanical garden in Funchal. This is a nice garden but for €12.50 it is not that special. The entrance is on the highest point so remember that if you walk down to the end of the garden, you have to climb the same way back. The entrance is next to the cable car.

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