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Madeira Botanical Garden

Madeira Botanical Garden: Our most recommended tours and activities

Botanical Garden Cable Car Ticket

1. Botanical Garden Cable Car Ticket

Climb aboard the Botanical Garden cable car with these tickets and ride to the mountains surrounding the city of Funchal. The Botanical Garden cable car is situated between 10-12 minutes (by car) from Funchal city center. Start out near the Botanical Garden, located about 3 kilometers from the center of Funchal. The Botanical Garden was created in 1960 and quickly became one of the major attractions on the island of Madeira. Journey over the Valley of João Gomes stream, passing forest-covered mountains. Take some spectacular photos of the Bay of Funchal, the surrounding mountains, and the sea. The ride takes approximately 15 minutes. End at the village of Monte, at an elevation of 1,025 meters above sea level. Explore the village which was a health resort for the upper classes in the early 20th century, and today a site for trying a toboggan ride down the hill. Depending on the option selected, you can end your journey in Monte or take the cable car back to the Botanical Garden. The cable car operates in accordance with the strictest European and international security standards, ensuring that you can focus on enjoying the ride.

Botanical Garden & Funchal Old Town Private Tuk Tuk Tour

2. Botanical Garden & Funchal Old Town Private Tuk Tuk Tour

Discover one of the most beautiful gardens on Madeira Island and the old town of Funchal city, on a ride that will take approximately 1h30m. Right after being picked up, the trip will start at the Old Town and continue its route into the beautiful Botanical Garden of Funchal. The Old Town, locally known as “Zona Velha”, is one of the most touristy areas of Funchal city, because of its picturesque cobblestone streets and the unique facades of the buildings. Streets are filled with great historical value, with buildings like “Corpo Santo Chapel” that have survived since the 15th century. Small and cozy alleys, the Old Town is shouting to be discovered by everyone who chooses to visit it. Expect the unexpected on this trip. After strolling through the colorful and fun streets of Funchal city, this tour will continue its course on one of the most breathtaking places on the entire island. The Botanical Garden, in Bom Sucesso, will provide its visitors with mesmerizing and unique plants and flowers. The garden not only offers and displays a vast collection of indigenous and endemic plants but also offers the opportunity for all its guests to get to know the Museum of Natural History of Madeira Island. “Bom Sucesso Estate”, a manor that houses this wonderful garden, dates back to 1881 and was built by Reid´s family. A one-of-a-kind tuk-tuk tour that can't be skipped by any nature lover, who will find this tour remarkable, and essential. This fun and exciting tour will be guided by a private driver and knowledgeable tour guide, directing, and sharing all sorts of fun and historical facts throughout the entire trip. Strolling and getting to know these places will certainly be an experience to remember. So, dare to discover all of it and so much more in this tuk-tuk ride.

From Funchal: Full-Day Guided Madeira Island Tour

3. From Funchal: Full-Day Guided Madeira Island Tour

Explore the stunning island of Madeira. The first stop will be at Monte and marvel at the Church and surroundings. Discover the magnificent Tropical Garden of Monte. Surrounded by the island's towering mountains and immersed in the laurissilva forest, you will find Casa do Poiso, where it presents visitors with the best of Madeiran cuisine. Ribeiro Frio is an exquisite place, and we can see that it is surrounded by fragrant forests, which offer a pleasant atmosphere. Its slopes are populated by numerous species of plants, which form the Forest Park of Madeira. In the Faial area, where there is a beautiful beach with a natural pool, there are several leisure spaces and support infrastructures. Santana is a must-visit area on a visit to Madeira, due to its traditional houses, although in very small numbers. It is very close to Parque das Queimadas, where the Caldeirão Verde and Inferno levadas begin (fabulous for nature lovers!).

Funchal: Botanical Garden Tour and Tuk Tuk Ride

4. Funchal: Botanical Garden Tour and Tuk Tuk Ride

Your driver / tuk tuk guide will take you through Madeira's main city center, where you will enjoy for 1 h a panoramic view from the center of Funchal to the Botanical Garden and listen to its history. This tour will take you to know the beautiful Botanical Garden and its derived flowers. The Madeira Botanical Garden is home to more than 2000 exotic plants from all continents, some of them endangered in their native places. Due to the growing loss of biodiversity and habitats all over the world, this space also has a research and conservation area, with the mission of preserving endangered species. Quinta do Bom Sucesso, which houses the Madeira Botanical Garden, was created in 1881, by the Reid family. Currently, the property is open to the public, allowing visitors to enjoy this world tour of the plant kingdom and also get to know the Natural History Museum and the Herbarium located here.

Funchal: Botanical Garden in a Tuk-Tuk Tour

5. Funchal: Botanical Garden in a Tuk-Tuk Tour

Discover the Botanical Garden of Madeira, one of the most beautiful gardens on Madeira with this tuk-tuk tour from Funchal. Marvel at marvelous views overlooking the city and admire gardens which cover 80,000 square meters. Stop at sights like the Municipal Square on the return trip. On the drive up the hill with your guide, you can enjoy magnificent views over the city. Once up in the Botanical Garden, your guide will provide you with enough time to visit the gardens (garden admission not included). Have the option to purchase a ticket to the garden's a Museum of Natural History, which well worth a visit for those wanting a little more scientific information about plants. Cruise down from the garden and visit a variety of landmarks from different centuries in the city center, including the 15th century cathedral and the Municipal Square where the City Hall and the Jesuit Monastery are found.

Funchal: Madeira Botanical Garden Private Tuk-Tuk Tour

6. Funchal: Madeira Botanical Garden Private Tuk-Tuk Tour

Discover a stunning array of plants and flowers on a visit to the Madeira Botanical Gardens aboard your very own tuk-tuk. Enjoy the comfort of a private tour that offers breathtaking views of the Funchal hillsides and coastline. Benefit from a hotel pick from your guide and board your tuk-tuk for the day. Embark on a peaceful drive through the city’s hills as you make your way to the Madeira Botanical Garden. Take a 1-hour journey around the garden, which covers an area of 80,000 m², and let the pleasant fragrance of flowers delight you as you encounter the varied collection of over 2,500 species of plants. During your tour, get access to the garden’s very own natural history museum to learn more about both local and international species of flora and fauna. Once your visit is over, return to the city by tuk-tuk and get dropped back off at your accommodation or choose another drop-off location so you can further explore the city on your own.

Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Gardens Tour

7. Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Gardens Tour

Embark on a half-day tour dedicated to the Madeira's gardens, one of the island's greatest treasures. Visit the Monte Palace Tropical Garden and be impressed by its beauty and diverse culture. See traces of Portugal's history since the reign of its first king, D. Afonso Henriques. Wander through the Monte Palace, which occupies an area of 70.000 square meters and houses an exotic collection of plants from different regions in the world. Watch swans and ducks floating on the lake as well as peacocks and chickens walking freely in the main areas of the property. Visit the museum inside the palace that houses a unique collection of minerals and gems.  The tour ends in the Botanical Garden, founded in 1960 by a Madeiran Botanist. Find more than 2500 species of plants from different parts in the world, all brought together in the “Garden of the Atlantic.”

Madeira Island Highlights Private Guided Tour by Tuk-Tuk

8. Madeira Island Highlights Private Guided Tour by Tuk-Tuk

Have you ever wanted to go on a tuk-tuk tour, but wanted something more personalized to your own taste? We present you Myway, a tuk-tuk tour journey in which you can pick not only the unique places you want to visit, but also for how long, and when. How amazing is that? With this service, you will be able to pick from more than 25 unique places, to design your own exclusive tour ride, with one of our storytellers/guides. Whether you wish to visit Monte’s Palace, Cabo Girão Viewpoint, or even of the Cathedral at Funchal, you name it, and we will make it happen. Not only you will be able to get to know some of the most beautiful scenery, the best places, and the most spectacular roads, but we will also provide you with some background history of the places you choose to visit. Plan the itinerary of your dreams when coming to visit Madeira island, just see on the specifications which ones you would wish to see. Bear in mind that if there might be one specific place that isn’t included on our list, describe it to us, to see if it is possible to visit it. Remember, there is no wrong place, there are only a great many possibilities to make this journey a memorable one. Also, there is no losing side to this journey because all places, even the roads to get there, are simply breathtaking. So, dream it, design it, and let us make your dream tuk-tuk tour of your dreams possible. - Funchal Old Town - Câmara de Lobos - Botanical Garden - Palheiro Gardens - Monte Tropical Garden - Monte Toboggans - Nuns Valley - Cabo Girão - Garajau - Pico Areeiro - Cable Cars - Viewpoints & More

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What people are saying about Madeira Botanical Garden

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based on 395 reviews

Amazing tour. Loved every minute and it was a highlight of the visit. The guide was very knowledgeable and flexible to what we wanted to see. Thank you.

Communication was fantastic kept updated on collection times. Tour was great, would definitely recommend this trip and using get your guide

Very enjoyable overall. 'Hair raising' (but safe!), cable car ride to beautiful, well kept gardens.

Great day out ,but the Botanical Gardens should have been encluded in the price.

Easy boarding process, a smooth ride and picturesque views!