Garden Tour Monte Palace

Monte Palace is in Condé Nast Traveler world's most beautiful gardens.


Monte Palace Garden Tour is one of the world’s most beautiful gardens. It displays not only a fascinating collection of plants, but also tiles, sculptures and minerals from around the world.

  • Holiday Type: Children, Culture, Garden, Guided Tours
  • Activity Level Moderate 3/8
Guided tour with tourist guide in Monte Palace garden worth it

All about the Garden Tour Monte Palace

In the 19th century, the growth of therapeutic tourism in Madeira in the winter because of the mild climate led to the construction of the “Monte Palace Hotel”. For this reason, the then owner built a palace inspired in the architecture of the Rhine and also decorated the garden with little lakes, water jets, and winding walks. By the way, the romantic taste of its origin didn’t change, but the present owner embellished the garden with exotic plants, such as cycads, often called “living fossils”, tree ferns, and in particular, native plants of the “Laurisilva” forest, designated a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Furthermore, walking through the garden, we can also admire the famous collection of tiles, the Oriental and Orchid gardens, and Karpe Koi. Given these points, don’t miss out this fascinating garden while in Madeira. Book your seat now!

Monte Palace Tour worth it for the Gem Museum.

Other Details of Monte Palace Garden tour

When:  Fridays Afternoon

Trip Specifications: Tour starts at 14h and finishes around 18h

Departure Point and Time: we will send the location details and map by email

Venues: Entrance to Monte Palace Tropical Garden, and also to the “African Passion” Sculpture Museum and the “Mother Nature Secrets” Minerals Museum.

Meals: No meals on this tour

Requirements: Punctuality

What do you need to bring? • Don’t forget to bring in a coat or a jacket due to the fact that sometimes it’s a cooler climate up at the top, and you’ll be under the shade of trees. • Above all, comfortable shoes • Besides, make sure you have your camera.

Good to Know: There are a few steps to negotiate and consequently those with limited mobility may find it challenging to go around the garden. If that’s your case and you still want to visit the garden, you can get the round-trip tram to/ from the entrance but upon an extra cost on site. Further, an experienced guide will explain the history and context of this extraordinary place. Actually, even those who love wandering around won’t regret this guided tour.

Our Expertise: We pick you up from the place you are staying at and drop you off when finished. It’s easy to book. Our staff are qualified.  Not to mention that we take you to various sites we know it will please you.  Our fundamental principles are the comfort, safety, and flexibility of both our guests and personnel.

Please consult our FAQs section, where we have the answers to the most asked questions.

Tiles in Funchal botanical garden

Other Suggestions

Today is Friday! Need suggestions for a Night Out?

Option 1

After the Monte Palace Tropical Garden and upon an extra cost when booking this tour (add-ons), you can take the cable car and enjoy the beautiful views over the city and then experience an exquisite dinner in one of the many restaurants of the Old Town. Besides, the flavours of the local food will amaze you. In this case, we will pick you up right from the Old Town and drop you off at your hotel at the end. Book your place now!

Madeira Cable Car

Option 2

Book our “Sunset Dinner & Nightlife” Tour here. We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel at the end. Book your spot now!

Madeira dinner while enjoying sunset views of Cabo Girão

Included in Monte Palace Garden Tour

  • Certified Tourist Guide
  • Taxes, Fees and Handling Charges
  • Hotel pickup & drop-off included in the city of Funchal and for private tours only.

We can still pick you up upon an extra charge for hotels out of the city (€ per vehicle) or, if you have your car, we can set the time and meeting point in Funchal.

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees to the Garden and Museums
  • A glass of Madeira Wine

Excluded in Monte Palace Garden Tour

  • Please note that there may be an extra charge per reservation for pickups and drop-offs if your accommodation is outside of Funchal (check for prices here)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Madeiran Manneken Pis


Hotel Pickup (Departure time)
A member of our staff will pick you up at the indicated place and confirm your voucher identification. You can present either a paper or an electronic ticket for this activity. The tour will begin as soon as we finish collecting tour members. Please click here for location details and map.

Koi fish pond and fish koi information in the guided tour to Monte Palace Garden.

Monte Palace Garden
To start with, your guide will give you an introduction and make you discover the fascinating history, hidden treasures, and highlights of this magnificent garden.

Next, in the “African Passion” Museum you will see contemporary African Sculptures, in stone while in the “Mother Nature Secrets” Museum you’ll marvel at the hundreds of minerals and gemstones in a wide variety of sizes and colours. Not to mention that the come from all around the world.

“African Passion” Museum in Monte Palace Garden.

Then, on our exquisite two-hour walking tour through the Garden, your guide will point out fascinating facts about the beautiful plants, sculptures, and tiles. Moreover, the lakes filled with Koi fish and the Oriental Garden will delight you.

Tasting Madeira Wine
At last, sit and relax with a glass of Madeira wine while enjoying the views over Funchal, stretching to the bay including the ocean beyond it.

Return to the Entrance
To return to the entrance, you can walk, or you can take the tram but upon extra payment of €2,5 on the spot.

Cable Car (Optional)
Eventually, if you still want to continue exploring, take the cable car to the Old Town in Funchal but upon extra payment. In this case, the return to the hotel is on your own.

Hotel Drop-off (Return time)

Afterwards, we will take you back to the same spot where we picked you at the start of the tour.

Please Note

As a final point, the order of the itinerary as shown above may be subject to change and/or affected by local conditions.

Find Funchal city walking tour map pdf here or go to Vist Madeira Webpage.