Monte Palace Tropical Garden, Funchal

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Address: Caminho do Monte, 174, 9050-288 Funchal, Portugal

Phone: +351-291780800

Ticket Price: 10 EUR

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Timings: 09:30 am - 03:30 pm Details

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About Monte Palace Tropical Garden, Funchal

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, Funchal Reviews

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  • Beautiful, lush and well-kept garden. Mixes small wild-looking areas with groomed flowerbeds and “oriental style” and “italian style” garden areas. Most plants and trees are labeled, very good for botanists and plant-lovers. Two exhibitions at the time of my visit: Contemporary African art and Minerals from the owner’s private collection, the latter really amazing and interesting. The palace was closed. Fountains, streams and pools make the walk even more pleasant. Very interesting Orchids collection.

  • This garden could do with a few more shelters. When we visited it was very showery. A few more signs showing the way out as we left by different exit to the one we entered. Definitely worth a visit but not wheel chair friendly.

  • This is a very tranquil place in the centre of Funchal. Built on several levels you can spend most of the day wondering around looking at an extensive collection of trees, shrubs and plants. The gardens are will shaded and give a nice cool retreat from the heat of the midday sun. There is also a very large selection of gems and minerals on display.

  • One of my favourite places to visit on Madeira and one of the best gardens in the world. Plenty of space to walk around and marvel at the incredible variety of plants in the varied theme areas of the gardens and watch out for the wildlife too! You never know what is watching from the bushes.

  • Incredible. Well worth doing with children​, but you need to hold them at some places. Fantastic air, splendid Flora. Expo of geodes , fantastic for our youngest collector. We recommend. Price : free for younger kids ( under 14 if I recall correctly) 12,5E per adult. You need cash ( 2,5e per person) if you want to take the golf cart back up ( worth it with younger children, especially if they happen to fall into the ponds like ours).

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