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Parks and nature in Madeira

Top nature recommendations from locals

Garden
“Located in the Monte Palace Tropical Garden, the museum houses two permanent collections, one of minerals and another of contemporary sculpture from Zimbabwe. In the eighteenth century, the English Consul Charles Murray bought a property south of Monte Church and turned it into a beautiful estate, called "Quinta do Prazer". The property was acquired in 1897 by Alfredo Guilherme Rodrigues and, inspired by the palaces he had seen on the banks of the River Rhine, he built a house with the characteristics of a palace. This was later converted into a hotel called the Monte Palace Hotel. This hotel was visited by important national and foreign citizens who appreciated and enjoyed this lovely resort with its breath taking views of Funchal and the natural landscape that surrounded it. In 1943, Alfredo Guilherme Rodrigues passed away. Unfortunately, his family did not pursue his project, which led to the closure of the hotel and its passing into the hands of the financial institution "Caixa Económica do Funchal". In 1987, the financial institution sold the property to the businessman José Manuel Rodrigues Berardo, who in return, donated it to the foundation which is named after him. Thus was born the Monte Palace Tropical Garden. Since then, the Tropical Garden has been enriched with native exotic plants from various countries (Cycads and Proteas from South Africa, azaleas from Belgium, heather from Scotland, etc.), as well as native plants from the Madeira Laurisilva forest (ferns, cedars, laurels, etc.). The ponds were also enriched with the introduction of Koi fish, presenting visitors with a splendid variety of colours Tours of the garden are enriched with ostentatious stone ornamentation, windows, niches, pagodas, Buddhas, lanterns and sculptures from different parts of the world, cultures and eras. There is also a collection of tiles (15th to 20th centuries), a panel composed of 166 glazed terracotta tiles, entitled "The Adventure of the Portuguese in Japan" and a group of 40 panels depicting the History of Portugal, including the most important events in the Kingdoms and Republics.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Park
“Travel by bus or cable car to the botanical gardens. Stunning gardens and spectacular views. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Mountain
“Pico do Arieiro, 1818 meters high, is the third highest peak on the Island, after the Ruivo Peak and Pico das Torres. Beautiful views. And for those who like hiking is an excellent option.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“O Jardim Botânico da Madeira é um bonito jardim composto por lindas flores e bem cuidadas e por enumeras árvores.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Trail
“One of the most beautiful walks we have, very easy to do. You walk along the ocean and at the end you can swim and refresh yourself in the local bar/coffee house. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Park
“Enjoy a summer concert in the park, watch the fire works on a saturday evening in June. Watch the cruise ships coming in to port or just relax on the grass and breathe in the fresh air.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“Both trails begin on the regional road (E.R. 110), and go down as far as the Rabaçal government house. The trails diverge along two parallel levadas located on different levels. Trail PR 6.1, goes along Levada do Risco, at 1000m above sea level, taking the hiker to an impressive waterfall, which falls horizontally creating a ridge in the rock. If you go down to PR6 you can visit the 25 Spring Lagoon (Lagoa das 25 Fontes), created by the waters which come down from the Mountain Marsh (Paul da Serra) and mysteriously appear from behind the wall that forms the lagoon, where you can see more than 25 springs. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Outdoor Sculpture
“Brazil, Portugal and most of the Portuguese speaking countries have their own Cristo Rei, a statue that they erected to thank God for keeping them out of the world war. while you there you can also take the cable car down to the small and secluded little place to have a meal and admire the beautiful view. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“Also known as Dona Amélia Garden in honour of the former queen of Portugal, the Funchal Municipal Garden is conveniently located in the city centre, north of Avenida Arriaga, on the site where the São Francisco Convent once existed. The convent’s coat of arms has survived until today and is displayed on one of the lawns. The garden overflows with flora from Madeira and many other parts of the world. It covers an area of 8,300 m² and has a lake and stream populated with fish and birds. There are also some works of art and an auditorium that serves as a venue for cultural activities. Area: 8.300 m2”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“This is the penisula walk. Its very turistic but beautiful (you need to go there). Start before 9h00 and you will be ok. Go for a swim in cais do Sardinha or in Baia d´Abra.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“This hike starts at Queimadas’ house, from there let the "Levada", a water channel, guide you through the mountains and forests until you reach a huge waterfall surrounded by a breathtaking view. With a round-trip of 12 Km long, this hike is easy and safe all year long and will show you the natural beauty of Madeira Island. Don't forget to pack a flash-light and snack for the road.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
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“An old sugar cane mill (Engenho Hilton) transformed in a contemporary urban garden, with extensive lawns, a children playground and a café, and less then 10 min. walking distance from to Casa dos Francelhos...”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“Also known as the Blandy Gardens since the property was acquired by the Blandy family in 1885, these gardens are located on a hill to the west of Funchal and offer breath-taking views of the city. The gardens are a paradise for camellia lovers. The best time to see them in bloom is between November and April. There is also a baroque chapel and a magnificent 18th-century house. Area: 143.200 m2 ”
  • 1 local recommends
Park
“With 3 Km, this vereda is a hike with some of the most beautiful landscapes of the island, and is one of the to do hikes for newcomers.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“Tunnels are common along this levada walk, but the landscape in between is of the magnificent São Vicente valley. This trail begins at Ginjas in the municipality of São Vicente and follows the walkway beside the Fajã do Rodrigues levada or the Fajã da Ama Levada, the two names by which it is known, ending at the source of the levada in Ribeira do Inferno. This levada lies at an elevation of 580 metres and has its source in the bed of the Ribeira do Inferno stream, which separates the lands of Seixal from those of São Vicente and winds across ridges and through small valleys up to Rosário, to be used for the irrigation of the farm fields of São Vicente. The exotic forest which you encount”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
  • 2 locals recommend