As you travel around the island you see what the benefit of having a sub-tropical climate brings to the local flora and fauna. There are flowers everywhere and, understandably, Madeira has some of the most beautiful gardens displaying a wide range of species from all around the world. Anyone who likes flowers can only be impressed with the range and abundance on offer.
If you have a head for heights you can jump in the cable car near the central market and go up to the Tropical gardens in Monte which are amazing. If like me you don’t like heights, it is accessible by road. Definitely worth a visit. Or take a trip to the Botanical gardens where the flower beds are arranged in geometric patterns and lovingly cared for. Really beautiful with fabulous views.
On my recent visit to Madeira we stopped at Palheiro gardens. This used to be the home of the Blandy family, so you will hear locals refer to it as Blandy gardens. It is very high up so the temperature is slightly cooler but the flowers and plants are still quite spectacular, and there are great views over the bay.
The gardens are very reminiscent of an English country garden, lots of roses and camellias. There are some trees that look as if they were imported from the UK and are struggling with the climate. However, it’s perfect for the Proteas from South Africa and the Jacaranda from Brazil, as well as the crowd pleaser favourite, the Strelitzia or Bird of Paradise.
This is the fourth and last part of my Madeira series. Please scroll down for the other three. This post is not sponsored, all trips were paid for by me.
More information about Palheiro Gardens HERE