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Palheiro Gardens , Funchal

(4.1/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
Perched atop a hill overlooking the picturesque port city, Palheiro Gardens draws visitors from around the world with its vast collection of camellias, which includes several species that are more than two centuries old. The English-style gardens sit about 500 m (1,600 ft) above sea level and benefit from a microclimate ideal for growing a range of native and exotic plants from Africa, Australia, and China. The focal point of this manicured park is an 18th century manor house that was originally built as a hunting lodge. Open throughout the year, the gardens form part of a large estate boasting its own hotel, golf course, and orchid nursery. Plan to visit Palheiro Gardens and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Funchal attractions using our Funchal tourist route planner.
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  • A very nice urban walk from the centre of Funchal (following the Caminho do Palheiro), these gardens are a wonderful symbol of Madeira's endless spring. Our February visit saw splendid sunshine after ...  more »
  • A fascinating combination of English design and Madeiran plants. It would be a joy for keen gardeners, but we just loved the flowers, blossoms and general atmosphere. A pretty, quirky tea house is wor...  more »
  • Privately owned garden, lovely walks and great views over Funchal, good café for coffee, drinks or a snack lunch, well worth a visit. Entrance charge. 
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  • The garden was indeed but by the fires in 2016 and visiting in late October there are hardly any flowers to be seen. The garden layout is OK but the entrance price of 10.50 Euros each is way over the top.
  • Great garden with large plant specimens of rare-looking types. Many camellias also very old verurwaldete copies. Big old Magnolia trees. The selling point of the system is located in particular vegetation. Who is interested in flowering plants planted in rows, will be replaced immediately after the withering, may not really be found. The system is less mountainous/steep as Jardim Botanico and Monte tropical garden. At the beginning, you must run a piece, but rather just. The plant is also significantly quieter / less full than the two aforementioned and acts in total quiet and relaxed.
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  • Very expensive and the Gruga Essen has more to offer.
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  • An incredibly beautiful place!
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  • Amazing garden. I recommended.
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