Municipal Gardens
Municipal Gardens
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  • David D
    Devon, United Kingdom25,699 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A cool oasis in the City
    Friday 8th September we were sightseeing and exploring the sights of Funchal. We entered these small colourful gardens, in the heart of the City, from Avenida Arriaga. It is possible to enter the park on all it's sides. A number of pathways criss-cross through the lawned Park, with something to see around every bend, including numerous coloured bushes, trees and shrubs. At the time of our visit there was an artisan market, with a number of stalls lined up along the paths. The stalls we filled with art & handicrafts, jewellery, glass goods and so much more. On the lawns, sometimes hidden by bushes and trees there are a number statues honouring famous people including, Simon Bolivar, Saint Francis of Assis, Joao dis Reis Gomes and others. It was nice to walk through the Park, under the shade of the trees some respite from the sun. There were colourfully painted benches where visitors could sit, enjoy the shade and tranquility of the park. At the far end if the Park there was a rather lively fountain pulsing water skywards.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 September 2023
  • TriciaBishop
    Bradford, United Kingdom1,688 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful place to relax
    These are beautifully kept gardens on the outskirts of Funchal. There are lots of places to sit and relax and at the top of the gardens by the auditorium there is a little cafe. The day I visited there were numerous little craft stalls which were nice to browse.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 September 2023
  • 123pix
    Falmouth, United Kingdom537 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very pretty gardens
    We were fortunate to visit these gardens in May when many of the beautiful plants were in full bloom. Although a smaller area than some of the other Funchal gardens, there was still a great variety of plants on to see, including on the main road side the stunning Jacaranda trees with their purple flowers. On Friday there were also craft stalls selling jewellery and other handmade crafts, plus music in the auditorium area. Well worth a visit and surrounded by many cafes.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 May 2024
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willtravel6062
Bridgend, UK386 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
The Gardens look like a peaceful place in the city,but with the Christmas decorations and music it seems even better.It is quite small but never seems crowded. Well worth a visit.
Written 28 December 2020
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Via_girl
Qualicum Beach, Canada2,976 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We thought these gardens beat the other paid ones "hands down". We started at the old stone bridge which in itself is a work of art. Then strolled the many paths that cross-crossed the gardens. This is a mature garden with plants of many varieties. We never knew it was there until late in the day so made a special trip back to see it and it was worth it.
Written 31 January 2020
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Davidjellis
Lowestoft, UK9,235 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
I visited this small park during an nearly morning walk around Funchal on a cruise ship visit in December 2022. The last time I was there (2019) the park featured lots of festive decorations including a Santa's Grotto. I didn't see quite the same amount of decoration on this visit but there were lots of light displays all set up around the park for the evenings.

The municipal gardens are right in the centre of Funchal fairly close to the Cathedral, and features various sculptures, statues, a pretty duck pond with fountain and there is a café and toilets. Well worth some time to wander and enjoy the sights.
Written 5 February 2023
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David D
Devon, UK25,699 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Friday 8th September we were sightseeing and exploring the sights of Funchal. We entered these small colourful gardens, in the heart of the City, from Avenida Arriaga. It is possible to enter the park on all it's sides.

A number of pathways criss-cross through the lawned Park, with something to see around every bend, including numerous coloured bushes, trees and shrubs.

At the time of our visit there was an artisan market, with a number of stalls lined up along the paths. The stalls we filled with art & handicrafts, jewellery, glass goods and so much more.

On the lawns, sometimes hidden by bushes and trees there are a number statues honouring famous people including, Simon Bolivar, Saint Francis of Assis, Joao dis Reis Gomes and others.
It was nice to walk through the Park, under the shade of the trees some respite from the sun. There were colourfully painted benches where visitors could sit, enjoy the shade and tranquility of the park.

At the far end if the Park there was a rather lively fountain pulsing water skywards.

Written 9 September 2023
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123pix
Falmouth, UK537 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We were fortunate to visit these gardens in May when many of the beautiful plants were in full bloom. Although a smaller area than some of the other Funchal gardens, there was still a great variety of plants on to see, including on the main road side the stunning Jacaranda trees with their purple flowers. On Friday there were also craft stalls selling jewellery and other handmade crafts, plus music in the auditorium area. Well worth a visit and surrounded by many cafes.
Written 30 May 2024
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Sulev Nurme
Tartu, Estonia171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Take half hours to be there. This is one of the most beautiful urban gardens I've been to. If taking pictures gets boring, you can relax in the park's cafe. House wine is good! It is proven!
Written 14 November 2022
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LucyFelthouse
Derbyshire217 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We wandered through here as we were exploring the area, and were completely blown away by these gardens. The plants were beautiful, the whole area was incredibly well looked after, and as an added bonus we watched lots and lots of small lizards basking and scurrying around. Really lovely and well worth a wander.
Written 20 June 2022
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TriciaBishop
Bradford, UK1,688 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
These are beautifully kept gardens on the outskirts of Funchal. There are lots of places to sit and relax and at the top of the gardens by the auditorium there is a little cafe.
The day I visited there were numerous little craft stalls which were nice to browse.
Written 15 September 2023
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RobsGoodlife
Saffron Walden, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Not large but beautifully kept with huge range of plants in excellent condition with flower bed displays as well as seasonal planting and shaded with mature trees. Plenty of seating, an amphitheater with free performances and cafe. A real asset to be proud of and enjoyed.
Written 18 March 2023
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Steve Buckley
London, UK8,878 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
My wife and myself are currently holidaying in Madeira and earlier today - as part of the Old Funchal Walking Tour - we visited the Municipal Gardens which are located in the Town Centre and, as such, hard to miss!

The popular Gardens are well maintained and contain plants (many exotic and not commonly seen) from all over the world. An added bonus is that every Friday there are many stalls to be found in the Gardens selling a range of interesting local products at reasonable prices.

A most interesting part of our Tour and a venue which all visitors should try to see - even for a short while - during the course of their stay on the Island.
Written 27 August 2021
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