Monte Palace Tropical Garden: Our most recommended tours and activities

Madeira: Customized 3, 4 or 6-Hour Tour

Madeira: Customized 3, 4 or 6-Hour Tour

On this tour you can tailor an itinerary with the help of your local guide/driver. You can choose the different areas you want to visit. The City of Funchal, the Fishing Village of Câmara de Lobos, the west sea cliffs of Cabo Girão, the unique Fajã dos Padres, the hill side village of Monte, the east coast cliffs of Garajau, the Botanical Garden, or even the breathtaking mountain views of Nuns Valley are all possible options for your tour itinerary. You can choose to visit Funchal city, learn about its history, and see some of its iconic landmarks, like the Sé Cathedral. If you'd like to go up into the mountains, Nuns Valley might be an excellent choice to visit on this tour. Another alternative is to explore the west coast, with a ride to the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. You could also head up into the hills to the top of Cabo Girão cliff where, at its highest point,  a glass sky-walk provides you with some breathtaking views over the south east coast and beach below. Close to Cabo Girão is Fajã do Padres, a sea side area in Madeira with no road or walking access. The only two ways to get there are by cable car ride or by boat. On the way up to Cabo Girão and Fajã dos Padres you will be able to admire an ever-changing landscape along the winding roads that fallow the natural shape of the hills. On the return trip to Funchal from the west coast you might choose to stop at the natural swimming pools of Doca do Cavacas. Travel on to Garajau, set at the east end of the bay of Funchal. You will be offered a spectacular view of the Christ the Redeemer statue - older than the one in Brazil - whilst marveling at the crystal-clear waters on the beach below. You also have the option to visit the Botanical Garden. Whatever your choice of itinerary, your guide will be there to help you at every moment.

Funchal: Monte Tropical Garden & Toboggan Ride by Tuk Tuk

Funchal: Monte Tropical Garden & Toboggan Ride by Tuk Tuk

Feel the thrill of riding by Tuk Tuk around the stunning Monte Tropical Garden. Begin in Funchal city and head towards the mountains. Arrive in Monte Palace Madeira and enjoy a cup of coffee. Explore over 70,000 square meters of exotic plants and breathe in the beautiful ambience of the garden. Uncover one of the most exciting and wonderful places Madeira has to offer. Begin the trip in the Old Town in Funchal city, a main tourist attraction full of fun stories and curious facts. Venture to the mountains up to Monte city. Feel mesmerized by the lovely plants, and visit one of the most popular churches on the island, Monte's church. Learn of the day of Lady of Monte, the most attended feast on Madeira Island all year. Take your time at the Monte Palace Madeira, adored for its facinating and immense garden. Take photos, relax, enjoy some coffee, and prepare to get lost in the nature of the garden grounds. Visit the central lake and marvel at local swans, ducks, peacocks, and chickens. Enter the Monte Palace Madeira Museum and explore the three floors filled with sculptures, history, and a unique mineral collection. End the tour at a legendary charm of the island, the famous Monte Toboggan. Enjoy the thrilling ride down the hill, the way the locals used to.

Funchal: Monte Palace Tropical Gardens Tuk Tuk Tour

Funchal: Monte Palace Tropical Gardens Tuk Tuk Tour

The tour will start at the city center, and up the hills that characterize the island, on a fun tuk tuk ride. Enjoy the wonderful view from the viewpoint and visit the church before heading to Monte Palace. Explore the tropical garden and marvel at the variety of pants and serene scenery. After visiting the garden, customers will come back to the city center, and drop off at a place of their choice.

Madeira Island Highlights Private Guided Tour by Tuk-Tuk

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

Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Gardens Tour

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.”

Tuk Tuk Monte Toboggan - Madeira Island

Tuk Tuk Monte Toboggan - Madeira Island

Monte Toboggan 1h - For approximately one hour we go up in the hills of Funchal till Monte for you to experience the Toboggans Sledges, first originated in the early 19th century when they were used as first means of "downhill" public transportation by the local residents who wanted to travel quickly from the village of Monte to the city of Funchal. The tour continues back to Funchal center. the Sledges are used to transport thousands of tourists every year, seeking a ride full of emotions, adrenaline and an unforgettable experience with splendid views over the city and beyond. (Toboggans price not included in price) Pick up in the hotel or Funchal area.

Monte Toboggan Private Tour - Eco-friendly

Monte Toboggan Private Tour - Eco-friendly

Settled in your "Tukxi" (tuk-tuk taxi) with a local guide at the helm, your tour will begin with a drive up the hills of Funchal to the famous Village of Monte and to its famous Church, gardens and toboggan ride in a 100% electric tuktuk. On the way up the hill you will be able to appreciate some fantastic views over the city, and once up in the village of Monte, the guide will take you through the gardens to the famous 19th Century Church of “Our Lady of Monte”. Information about the village history will be provided along with some amazing photo opportunities. You can also experience the famous toboggan ride (paid separately). Your Tukxi driver will meet you at the end of your toboggan ride, at which point you will journey comfortably back to your point of origin.

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What people are saying about Monte Palace Tropical Garden

Overall rating

5.0
(101 reviews)

We did the 6hr custom tour and it was awesome! Lydia was a great guide and we ripped around in the tuktuk to all the places we want to see as our shore excursion. We did way more than other peoples excursions! And the tuktuk is so nice to be able to get great photos compared through a car window! They were easy to reach by WhatsApp and able to accommodate a change pick up location last minute. Highly recommend!

Martin was a very nice guide, he showed us all the places we asked in the time we had explaining in general every stop we did. Very helpful and friendly! Going around the city with the tuk tuk is a different experience not for long distances and if is raining but fortunately we were lucky. Happy with the tour I booked :)

So fun and easygoing! We loved the tuk tuk, poncha stop, toboggan ride, and Monte palace. We learned a lot and felt that we saved a lot of precious time by taking this tour. And thanks for dropping us off at the lunch stop. Our family had a terrific lunch on the plaza and they even had vegan options!

Excellent, with our guide João (whom I highly recommend) very kind and helpful, with high quality explanations and advice. João made our day and with certainty that we will return soon. Muito obrigada João 🙏

Very nice tour. Lots of fun and prompt. Highly recommended.