Surround your senses in a riot of colours. Feel the warmth of the tropics, smell the sweet fragrance of unusual flowers in full bloom, feast your eyes on alluring birds, and touch the soft grass and the earthy trees.Everywhere you look around the Botanical Garden in Madeira you feel ecstatic. Flowers dance and sway upon branches in clusters of colours. The energetic parakeets and parrots with their intricate plumage and plump chest, chirp brightly, all fitting beautifully into a mosaic pattern.
The climatic conditions at the Botanical Garden in Madeira favours the exuberant vegetation it supports. There are more than 2000 species of flowers and a collection of 300 birds including Dwarf Parrots, and Macaws. This is an antique property which belonged to the Reid’s family and has been a tourist attraction since 1960.
The garden is divided into 5 sections:
- Indigenous and endemic: On display here are the exclusive plants typical to Madeira and the other islands in the Atlantic. These trees are found in the natural forest in Madeira called the Laurissilva Forest.
- Tree Garden: This houses trees from the other side of the globe such as the Himalaya and the Tropics.
- Succulents: A variety of cacti are grown here which come from South America and the capacity to store water is what differentiates these plants from the rest.
- Tropical/Cultivated/Aromatic/Medicinal: As the name suggests, there is a variety of medicinal plants as well as coffee trees and sugarcane plants.
- Loiro Park: The Australian parakeets and Dwarf parrots have found their home in this part of the garden.
- This is a centre for conservation of species of plants which are already extinct in their original countries.
- The garden covers an area of 80,000 square metres which houses a Natural History Museum, and Cable Car ride connecting to Monte and other destinations.
- There is an amphitheatre which has diverse trees and ornamental shrubs and a collection of orchids.
- Best time to visit is May/ June.
- Visit on a sunny day when the garden is in full bloom and there is a bight glow.
- The caged birds may be a bit disturbing since some are alone and some cages are overcrowded.
- Buses are few and far between on Sundays.
- Walking up is not recommended as the climb is very steep.
- Adult :Euro 3, Children under 4 : free, Children between 4-12 : pay half.
- Bus No 29 and 31
- Cable Car from Monte
- Fazenda Da AvoThomazia
- Cozinha Consciente Unipessol Lda
- Harry’s Bar
- Restaurante o Patio
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95% of people who visit Funchal include Botanical Garden Madeira in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
60.56% of people start their Botanical Garden Madeira visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Botanical Garden Madeira
94.29% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Botanical Garden Madeira