Monte Palace Tropical Garden

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  • Address: Caminho do Monte, 174, 9050-288 Funchal, Portugal
  • Timings: 09:30 am - 03:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +351-291780800
  • Ticket Price: 10 EUR
  • Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Garden, Palace, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Nature

Monte Palace Tropical Garden - Review

Immerse yourself in the wonder of Nature in the green kingdom of plants and shrubs knitted tightly like a strand in a massive web of life. The scent of Azaleas and Orchids drift through the air, stirring your senses. Ponds with stepping stones and bridges lie like a blue plate, pulsating with koi and carp. Every trail takes you down Mother Nature’s store of fascinating flowers and stunning scenery with majestic peacocks lining the pathway. This is the Monte Palace Tropical Garden in Funchal.

White sheets of water cascade down into pools surrounded by pruned shrubbery, conical ferns, and Oriental sculptures at the Monte Palace Garden. This piece of paradise was the vision of the 18th century English Consul called Charles Murray, who bought property up the hill in Funchal. In 1987 Joe Berardo, a millionaire turned this place into a magical dream garden. He aimed at showcasing plants from all over the world and had a 1000year old olive tree relocated in the garden.

Joe Berardo was enchanted by the history and culture of China and Japan and this influenced him to create two oriental gardens in Monte Palace Garden.

These gardens represent Buddhism, and its respect for nature and its highly symbolic elements.

  • There are moveable balls in the half open mouths of marble FO dogs, mythical animals which act as guards. Give it one complete turn and according to Chinese belief, good luck shall befall on the person.
  • Sit on the stone seats, surrounded by stone lanterns and marvel at the marble Dragon surrounded by children in stone to represent fertility. 
  • Two bamboo ornaments shaped like pipes has water discharging through them into the lakes, representing the passing of time.
  • The Berardo Collection of Zimbabwe stone sculpture is found in the museum along with 700 mineral specimens, from South America, North America and parts of Africa.
  • A large collection of tile panels have been placed along the walkways and amongst the vegetation. This collection is one of the most important collection after that of the National Tile Museum in Portugal.
  • The tiles represent different eras in time and depicts social, cultural, and religious events.
  • The tallest vase is on display here.
  • There is a small cafe which sells basic snacks and drinks.
  • Staff is very helpful and informative.

Monte Palace Tropical Garden Information

  • Best time to visit is early morning on sunny days.
  • A lot of paths are pebbled, so not a place to visit if you have problems walking.
  • An alternative method to get down is to use the toboggan.
  • Taking a ride in the toboggan is costly and are not reliable.
  • A walk down is not advisable, since it is nearly 2 miles downhill and very unsteady and steep.
  • Wear sensible shoes because a lot of walking is involved.
  • A golf buggy is available on the return trip all the way back up.
  • Best to visit on days which are sunny, since its tropical and tends to get dull and dark.
  • As an alternative method, you can choose to toboggan on the way back.

Monte Palace Tropical Garden Ticket Prices

  • Children under 15: free entry
  • Included in the ticket price of EU 10 is a free glass of Madeira wine at the cafe inside and a map and information leaflet.
  • Entrance to the garden is free.
  • If you take a combination of attractions you want to see then there is a discount on the price of the ticket.

Monte Palace Tropical Garden Opening and Closing Hours

  • Museum is open daily from 10.30AM to 3.30PM.

How To reach Monte Palace Tropical Garden by Public Transport

  • The modern cable car is the easiest way to get to Monte and the Gardens are next to the station.
  • To return to Funchal you can go by cable car, taxi, bus or toboggan.
  • From Lido take Bus No: 48
  • From Ave De Mer Bus No: 20 & 21
  • Buy a preloaded giro card and use the Orange city buses.

Restaurants Near Monte Palace Tropical Garden

  • Belomonte
  • Restaurante O Rustico
  • Aqua Pest Dos Bicos
  • Hortensia Tea Rooms
  • Vila Da Rocha
  • Restaurante Porta Trinta Edois

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  • Monte Palace Tropical Garden Address: Caminho do Monte, 174, 9050-288 Funchal, Portugal
  • Monte Palace Tropical Garden Contact Number: +351-291780800
  • Monte Palace Tropical Garden Timing: 09:30 am - 03:30 pm
  • Monte Palace Tropical Garden Price: 10 EUR
  • Time required to visit Monte Palace Tropical Garden: 05:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Funchal include Monte Palace Tropical Garden in their plan

  • 92.6% of people start their Monte Palace Tropical Garden visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 5 Hrs to see Monte Palace Tropical Garden

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94.84% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Monte Palace Tropical Garden

People normally club together Monte Cable Car and Botanical Garden Madeira while planning their visit to Monte Palace Tropical Garden.

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Monte Palace Tropical Garden, Funchal Reviews

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  • The far superior of Madeira’s gardens, situated at the top of the island and easily accessible by the cable car. These gardens are stunning, around 12 euros to enter but worth it! Featuring exotic plants and flowers, it is crazy that such a lush and vast garden exists hidden away. So much time and care has gone into the upkeep of the garden which clearly shows. A highlight of our trip!

  • The gardens are pretty and interesting. Peaceful too. The places to buy food and drinks are not over expensive like you might expect when there's a captive audience. Quite good value for money actually. However, the gardens aren't as stunning as I thought they might be, given the climate and flowers everywhere in Madeira. I've heard the Botanical Gardens are better... Will have to try that next time.

  • The tropical garden is a pure heaven of nature. The sound of water, the birds singing, the coolness of the beautiful greenery, gigantic ferns and uncountable variety of flowers and bushes, just the most peaceful place to visit on a hot day. The snack bar has excellent fresh juices. Inside the garden there are many benches where you can rest and appreciate the environment.

  • Absolutely stunning! Well laid out, with lots of different pathways to pick from for your own route to explore these wonderfully planted gardens. There are wonderful exhibits in purpose built buildings near the entrance, as well as statues and tiled pictures that give some of the history of Madeira, dotted around that are equally informative and beautiful. Look out for some huge Koi in some of the ponds, not all are in the Oriental gardens! And of course being such a well maintained garden, there are plenty of labels for those less well known plants too.

  • This place is beautiful. One of the best things to see in Madeira. There's an entrance fee. You can pay by card. Everything is so green here and the waterfall in the middle is amazing. First we went to the botanical gardens and with the cable car we went up to Monte where we visited the tropical garden.

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