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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  • I've never seen plant, vegetation, and water games in this perfection. The entrance is very well laid out and measured at the quality
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  • As many others do, took the cable car up which gave great views back over Funchal. the gardens are €12.50 each to enter but includes a glass of wine in the lower cafe - quite a walk down. The grounds ...  more »
  • Visit the Monte Palace is a complete learning experience. I've been there a few times and I'm delighted with what I can find, beautiful plants, a quiet space with several beautiful species, I admit that the part that I like better is the stones and crystals since I'm a big fan of these, especially of Quartz that could see at this location, the gardens are beautiful just like all works of art exposed that intertwine with the landscape beautifully. Recommend it to everyone.
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  • 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.
  • Outstanding garden. Loads to see and explore. And, if you visiting Madeira in the summer, it can be quite nice to get out of the sun of Funchal and enjoy the dappled light under the trees in the tropical gardens
  • Beautiful place. Interesting for a day excursion on that part of the island. The cable car ride is very nice.
  • amazing garden, a lot of plants. prepare yourself for few hours of walking. very green even during winter
  • Amazing botanic garden, even in each saison. Near top arrival of cable car. Quiet place, where you want to stay ! Beautiful temporary exhibitions.