Monte Palace Madeira
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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  • jjn12016
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed if you visit Funchal
    Amazing gardens to explore; plenty of shade, and a pleasant cafe. Well worth the cable car trip from Funchal. And you can either ride the wicker sledges or watch others doing so. We found this more spectacular than the botanical gardens, which require a second cable car ride - but do both if time permits.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 May 2023
  • Jane O
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lose a Day in These Beautiful Gardens
    Definitely a must see if you go to Madeira. We intended to take half a day here and ended up staying far longer. The gardens are beautiful and peaceful, with lots of little paths to explore, steps up and down, water features, sculptures, shady trees, tiled walls and viewpoints. An unexpected bonus was the exhibition of sculpture from Zimbabwe. and a display of minerals and precious stones. On a more practical note, several cafes and plenty of well-signposted toilets.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 May 2023
  • Neil
    Woodbridge, United Kingdom124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was our favourite garden we visited in Funchal.
    This was our favourite garden we visited in Funchal. Arrived by cable car (you can get bus from the marina) cafe when you arrive is lovely, grab a coffee and pastel de natas with stunning view then visit the gardens. Very well kept and interesting. Highly recommended.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 May 2023
  • Ivan B
    Abergavenny, United Kingdom583 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A garden that’s not to be missed
    We took the cable car to the top where Monte gardens are located, and whilst we went on and took the second cable car, I wish we hadn’t. We returned and went in the gardens and they are a terrific place to walk in. Cool, green with many different things to see and water everywhere. The photos don’t do the garden justice, and you can easily spend half a day taking everything in. We walked (zig zagged) down to the lake/pond at the bottom, and took the electric car back to the top (5€) which was driven by a very knowledgeable guy, who explained things we had seen but not understood. Excellent garden would recommend it to everyone
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 June 2023
  • Iman321
    270 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Beautiful gardens which were a pleasure to explore. The gardens stretch steeply downhill . We strolled down over a couple of hours and then availed ourselves of the buggy service to return back up!(€5 per person) Don’t miss the African carving’s exhibition and the geodes/crystals exhibition within the gardens.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Clare D
    Cambridge, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful gardens
    We had a wonderful visit to the gardens at Monte palace. Amazing views, so many different types of trees and agapanthus everywhere! It was the highlight of our trip to Funchal. We took the cable car up, there was a large queue but it moved quickly, and then we took the bus back down. The toilets by the lake were being renovated while we were there but we did eventually find another one, it was hard to find amongst all the twisty paths though. The cafe was very good, lovely pastries.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Thom M
    Glasgow, United Kingdom42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A brilliant day out
    Beautiful gardens and views from the terraces. We spent most of the day here and we weren’t disappointed. The gardens are well kept, easy to navigate and full of Nara I’ve and non-native flora/forna. The cafe is pretty good too, and your entry ticket comes with a sample of Madeira wine. (Nice but not for the faint hearted). Tip - it’s a fairly challenging walk up hill and down a very steep incline from Funchal. If you’re not fit it’s not going to be fun so if I’m doubt, get the cable car. It’s well worth it and the views enroute are amazing too. One other thing, bring a coat or a sweater. It might be hot in Funchal but up there is about 5 degrees cooler.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 July 2023
  • valhillderby
    Derby, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful gardens
    This is a wonderful garden, so much to see and so beautiful, especially the Japanese are. It is very steep , so make sure you are able. I made it down bit by bit, but struggled after half way back up. But no worries, as there were to Landau cars 5 Euros to take you back up. Well worth the visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 10 July 2023
  • newmcfcfan
    Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to spend a morning/afternoon
    It’s absolutely lovely here, don’t expect miracles on the wine tasting, it’s a nice touch but only a 2 minute thing. Bear in mind it’s really hilly, if you have mobility issues or struggle climbing steep inclines you won’t have a good time. DO NOT book a return cable car if you want to do the toboggans as the start of it is outside the exit of the park. If you want to go to the botanical gardens you need to walk down (and then back up) a lot of hills including one to another cable car that you pay for again.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Michaela B
    Basingstoke, United Kingdom69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely worth a visit. Give yourself at least a couple of hours
    Splendid - far more to this gardens than we knew or expected. We spent about 4 hours here with a stop for a snack lunch in the cafe on site. The gradens are beautiful and in addition there are exhibitions of African sculptures and natural semi precious stone and rocks. Despite the number of people, it didn't feel too busy as there was plenty of room and quiet corners you could find. It is quite a hilly site.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 August 2023
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Stephen W
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is a quite remarkable set of formal gardens, tumbling down a mountain side with amazing water features and surprises at every turn. Such a variety of planting, intriguing settings and so much to see. Good cafes, shop and facilities with amazing views across Funchal. A great vantage point to also see the dare devils going downhill on wicker sofas.
Written 19 May 2024
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Catherine G
Nice, France1,872 contributions
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May 2024 • Family
What a nice garden with a lot of trees and cicad and flowers. We founded huge brackens and big dragon trees. There’s also pink flamingos and koid carpes. The garden is quite big. To come here we went by cable car from the sea because this tropical garden is at the top of the hill.
Written 18 May 2024
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Susan T
93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
It’s a very impressive, beautiful garden. Definitely worth visiting. The grounds are very lovely and in addition there are peacocks, flamingoes and koi.

However, if you are staying on Madeira I would recommend checking the cruise ship schedule and going a non-cruise ship day if you can. We made the mistake of going on cruise ship day and it was a bit of a scrum, particularly at the top end of the garden. We gave up on the gem museum, just too many, extremely rude people pushing in front of you at the displays, couldn’t see a thing. The art gallery was also closed for our visit (early May 24) so can’t comment on that. There is a lot of sculpture and other art displayed around the garden though.

Be aware that it is a sizeable garden, the climb back up is quite steep in places and most of the paths have an uneven stone surface. Sensible shoes are a must.

There was a man with a guitar playing at the central pool on our visit. This was really very loud and to be honest a bit out of keeping with what was otherwise a very peaceful, beautiful garden.
Written 15 May 2024
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Mak G
San Francisco, CA71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Would highly recommend visiting the monte palace gardens. They arent small curated gardens, but more wide-spread, across the whole palace grounds. There are different cultures and plants represented with pools, fountains, artwork, animals and cafes. You can easily spend just 1 hour walking around, or could spend 4-6 hours between eating, walking and observing. They give you a helpful guide and you can wander at your own pace.
Written 15 May 2024
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CNL
Boulder, United States59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Gorgeous gardens. I would say that of all the gardens I have been to, this was by far the most beautiful. I would recommend spending a day there. We didn’t realize how big it was.
Written 15 May 2024
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1FairDeal2
Essex107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Stunning layers of paradise: spectacular views, a variety of fauna & superb water features. Calming live music was a centre piece of the park’s largest water features on the day we attended. A super cafe at the entrance point is there to set you up for the long meandering walks down the length of the park and back up again. Don’t miss the olive tree by the cafe, planted by the Romans 300 BC ! Also a part of more recent history and toward the bottom of the park you can view, over the park’s perimeter wall, the famous passenger baskets flying by and being driven at speed down the Monte narrow streets with tourists on board. The initial journey up to the Monte Palace is part of the experience to be enjoyed … not really practical on foot but you can get a bus that can cost a little under 2 euros one way or the enthralling cable car at 12.50 euros one way or 18 euros return, You need to work out if you are going to return part way on the passenger baskets (note the baskets don’t take you all the way back to Funchal - so a bus or taxi will still be needed to get you back to Funchal) … but be aware the queues for the baskets can be very long at certain times of the day and you may miss out and find yourself going back to Funchal from the Monte Palace on the cable car in any case. The Monte Palace is one of the essential visits as part of your Madeira bucket list.
Written 14 May 2024
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Mike B
Yeovil, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Beautiful as always, a real pleasure to walk through the gardens. This time a saxophonist was playing by the lake. Great listening whilst supping a touristy pina colada from a pineapple shell. The 15 minute ride on the cable car was amazing, the views being delightful both on the way up and back down again.
Written 14 May 2024
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macna
Nottingham, UK370 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The gardens are situated on either side of a steep ravine, which makes a visit there both interesting and difficult at the same time.
You rarely find yourselves walking on anything other than a slope, which was fine at first but soon became very tiring.
The planting is spectacular in places, with tall trees and large ferns interspersed with colourful underplanting and lots of cascading waterfalls - a little like being in Jurassic Park! Quite a steep climb back, as we failed to find the electric trolley - the signage is not of the best and they had run out of English language maps.
A good part was catching the 48 bus there and back - spectacular views all the way. There is nice little cafe above the bus stop - a cold beer never tasted so good.
Written 9 May 2024
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John S
United Kingdom49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Wonderful gardens, a rambling experience and excellent archaeological exhibits. Well worth a couple of hours and a most relaxing experience
Written 7 May 2024
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Mark L
Eagan, MN73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
These gardens are amazing, and a bonus is the views down to Funchal and the coast. The garden has many different areas and styles to enjoy, and there are some amazing water features as well. We also got up close and personal with flamingos and swans! Be prepared for lots of walking here including plenty of steps and steep paths. All worth it though. Be sure to get to the Blue Cafe for snacks and samples of Madeira wine!
Written 2 May 2024
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