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Parks and nature in Madeira Island

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“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.”
  • 30 locals recommend
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“With more than 345,000 visitors per year, the nationally acclaimed botanical gardens host some of the worlds most luxurious plants. The garden is divided into six areas, Madeiran indigenous and endemic species, arboretum, succulent plants, agro-industrial plants, medicinal and aromatic plants as well as palm trees and cycads. The garden opened to the public in 1960, after being previously part of an estate owned to the family of William Reid. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
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“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
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“The 25 Fontes (25 fountains) levada is one of the most popular in Madeira Island. Its name lives up to the number of fountains or little waterfalls that’s possible to count once you arrive there. Stating in Rabaçal and going to the 25 Fontes, the path reveals many landscapes and wonderful sensations. Along the way it’s possible to admire a wide variety of endemic species of the flora and fauna of the region. Enjoy the contact with nature and absorb everything that it has to offer!”
  • 6 locals recommend
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“If you like nature, that's the place to take a rest at the middle of your day in the city. During Summertime you can assist to free music festivals, ask the program at the Tourism center not far. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“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
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“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.”
  • 3 locals recommend
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“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

Playgrounds

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
Playground
“Lovely vibrant village with great sea access, loads of bars and restaurants. A water park and swimming pools for the children and a playpark. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“Located near the touristic area of Lido, here you can find numerous species of trees and plants from around the world. This delightful garden is equipped with a playground and tennis courts. Area: 35.000m2”
  • 1 local recommends
Playground
“Diversão garantida para os mais jovens e seus acompanhantes. Aberto durante todo o ano mas desaconselhado em caso de condições climatéricas adversas.”
  • 1 local recommends

Beaches

Beach
“Prainha, not far away from the point of São Lourenço, is a black sand beach of volcanic origin that offers the opportunity for an unusual day at the beach. The landscape surrounding this beach is a stark contrast to that found on most of the rest of the island. Here, the usual shades of green are replaced by an arid landscape of yellows, browns and oranges.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Beach
“Uma das praias mais antigas da cidade. Local de encontro de muitas famílias e amigos. Água do mar límpida e cristalina. Fácil acesso ao mar.”
  • 1 local recommends
Beach
  • 1 local recommends
Surf Spot
Beach
  • 1 local recommends

Trails

Trail
“Narrow side of the island where you can see the contrast between the south and north side of the island”
  • 11 locals recommend
Trail
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
  • 1 local recommends
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