Have you had the pleasure of visiting sun-soaked Madeira yet? Madeira feels like an open secret, though this Portuguese paradise has been growing in popularity among travellers of all ages due to its natural beauty, charming towns and villages, and opportunity to experience adventurous sports of all kinds. And if you are someone who seeks out gorgeous gardens, Madeira is a true must-visit location – in fact, it’s affectionately known as the Atlantic’s floating garden. We take a look at three of the best gardens in Madeira that you won’t want to miss on your trip.
1. Quinta Vigia
Bigger isn’t always better, and if you want to enjoy a small but perfectly formed garden, then Funchal’s Quinta Vigia should be at the top of your list. It isn’t flashy or large, but it makes up for that by being beautifully curated. As part of the president’s residence, this garden is very well cared for, and it has been maintained by many leading figures since the sixteenth century, and it enjoys an elevated position above the port. There is a wide range of stunning flora throughout the garden, and you will see and hear many tropical birds swooping through the air. Wander through the peaceful pathways and spot the resplendent fountains adding a deeper sense of peace to this little and lovely oasis.
2. Madeira Botanical Garden
Perhaps the best-known garden on the island is the Madeira Botanical Garden. Around three kilometres away from the centre of Funchal, you will have to wind your way to the top of an impressive cliff to enjoy a day spent among the eight hectares of flora and fauna. You will be able to see nearly every kind of flower which is native to the island, and you can also find out more about the deep history of Madeira by viewing both fossil and marine life displays. This garden also offers awe-inspiring views across the city and ocean – so make sure you don’t forget to pack your camera to capture the moment as you take in the vista.
3. Monte Palace Tropical Gardens
Mixing fine art and fabulous flora, the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens are a real experience. You will see all kinds of plants and trees, and the collection of art is fascinating, too. This multi-level garden is quite unlike any other on the island, and the architecture alone is worth the time it takes to visit. You can combine your love of nature, history and art into one day out, with African sculptures, koi ponds, and a mineral museum all in one location.
A hidden gem
Madeira may not be the most visited part of Portugal for those seeking beach holidays, but that only lends the island the feeling of discovering a hidden gem. If you want a peaceful break with a range of beautiful gardens, as well as much more to explore, then Madeira could be the perfect place to book your next break.