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> Opening hours: All year (except 25th of December) from 9:30 AM till 6:00 PM
> Entrance Fee: € 12.50 for edults (includes one small glass of Madeira Wine) – free for children under the age of 15
> Suitable for people with acrophobia: Yes
> Best-Time-To-Walk: Before 10:00 AM – best time to avoid tourist crowds
> Accessible with Public Transport: Yes, Bus numbers 20, 21, 22 or 48
> Secured: Secured
> Refreshment stops available: Yes, the garden contains various coffees and restaurants
> Loop trail: Yes
> Family Friendly: Yes – kids will love it
Location Of Monte Palace Tropical Garden
Tip: This map will automatically show you the best route from your current location to the garden.
Highlights Of Monte Palace Tropical Garden
Description of Monte Palace Tropical Garden
History of Monte Palace Tropical Garden
At the beginning of the 19th century, Monte became a popular place to settle for the rich and the wealthy of Madeira. The man who started this trend was the British counsel Charles Murray. The Englishman had bought the property south of the church “Nossa Senhora de Monte”, which was formerly known as “Quinta do Prazer” (The Pleasure Estate).
A few years later a gentleman named Alfredo Guilherme Rodrigues obtained the Quinta and had an impressive palace built right in the center of the property. This structure was later converted into a hotel, the “Monte Palace”. The newly opened accommodation became an instant success with both foreigners and locals alike. The breathtaking views and the surrounding nature were too hard to resist.
The passing of Mr Rodrigues in the year 1943, however, did not bode well for the hotel. His family did not put much effort into the business and thus it was shut down just a few years later and sold to a financial institution. Three decades had to pass until a new owner was found. The enterpreneur José Manuel Rodrigues Berardo bought the property and donated it to a foundation which is named after him. This event marked the starting point for the “Monte Palace Tropical Garden”.
How to get to the Monte Palace Tropical Garden
There are three ways you can reach the tropical garden of Funchal. Either by car (parking is free), by public transport or by the funicular. If you would like to reach it by funicular, please check our guide “From Monte To The Botanical Garden” on how to get there.
Of course, if you don’t want to start with the funicular, you can also use the public bus to Monte (bus lines 20, 21, 22 or 48). Follow this link to see the official schedule of all public bus lines on Madeira.
Important to know
The botanical garden is one of the main tourist attractions on Madeira. To avoid the tourist masses, try to get there as early as possible.
The Monte Palace Tropical Garden
The “Monte Palace Tropical Garden” is home to a large variety of plants. They range from exotic like the cycads and protea from South Africa to native like the laurel trees, which you can find all over the island.
The 70,000 square meter large area also provides shelter for all types of creatures. Koi fish inhabit the waters alongside frogs, turtles and swans, while peacocks roam the land.
It isn’t just about the flora and fauna, though. If you are hungry for knowledge, you are in for a treat. There are sections dedicated to both the African and Japanese culture, a museum that contains a gigantic collection of minerals and much more. You can literally spend hours exploring this garden.
Detailed map Of Monte Palace Tropical Garden
Exclaimer: When you pay the entrance you get this map for free. It is very helpful and shows you a good way around the tropical garden.
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