Levada, Palheiro Gardens & Tea Tour


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  • Activity Level Leisurely
  • Group Size Small Group
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All about the Levada, Palheiro Gardens & Tea Tour.

Join us for a delightful morning walk along a LEVADA (water channel) and a stroll through a stunning ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN. The Count of Carvalhal built this private estate in the 19th century, and is now owned by the Blandy family, renowned for producing Madeira wine and still residing here. The Quinta (manor house or château) and private chapel are surrounded by plants worldwide, including well-known species like camellia, magnolia, proteas, succulents, and rare ones like Banksia coccinea. Palheiro Gardens is worth visiting every season, but it is at its peak when it blooms with blue flowers. The topiary garden is fascinating, especially the group of peacocks. You may spot Madeira birds like the unique Trocaz pigeon, firecrests, and butterflies. The visit includes tea or coffee and homemade cake in the lovely tea house, where you can watch frogs hopping on and off lily pads. Admire the nearby Palheiro Golf Course and Casa Velha do Palheiro, a Relais & Châteaux Hotel, one of Europe’s best golf resorts. If you adore magnificent old trees and exotic plants from around the world, don’t miss out on this gem! Reserve your seat now.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Qualified Tourist Guide
  • Taxes
  • Entrance fees to the garden
  • Tea or coffee and homemade cake
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Pickup & drop-off in the city of Funchal and for private tours only.
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Pick-up and drop-off services outside Funchal:

Meet us at the Cable Car bus stop in Funchal if outside the specified area. Enter “Cable car bus stop” under “Hotel in Madeira or Porto Santo (optional)” at checkout, and we’ll email you the time.


  1. 09:00 Hotel Pick-up (Departure time)

    A staff member 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.

  2. When Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Morning

    Year-round, except on Sundays, Mondays, and Holidays.

  3. Departure Point and Time Confirmed by email
  4. Duration 4 hours

    The tour starts at 09:00 and finishes around 13:00


  5. What do you need to bring? Don’t Forget

    Comfortable walking shoes, a camera, and a coat or a jacket if it gets cooler.

    We also recommend bringing a raincoat or poncho if rain is in the forecast.

  6. Good to Know Activity level

    The 30-minute’ walk along the Levada is easy, and the trail is flat. We do the walk at a reasonable pace, including stopping to take pictures. 

    After getting the ticket, we will walk downhill for about 10 minutes until the main gardens and, in the end, the same uphill back! Walking in the garden is not difficult because the garden is on a gentle slope, and we will walk leisurely. An experienced guide will explain the history and background of this extraordinary place. Even those who like to wander around will not regret this guided tour.

    Those with limited mobility may find walking around in the garden challenging. Well-kept paths access the gardens, but there is some uneven walking on the traditional cobbled paths and steps. Using sticks is not a problem, but wheelchairs may have problems.


    The garden is suitable for children to be accompanied and supervised by adults at all times.

  7. Our Expertise Why us?

    We pick you up from where you are staying and drop you off when finished. It’s easy to book. Our staff is qualified.  We take you to various sites we know you will want to explore.  Our fundamental principles are the comfort, safety, and flexibility of our guests and personnel.

  8. 13:00 Hotel Drop-off (Return time)

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

  9. Please Note The order of the itinerary as shown above may be subject to change and/or affected by local conditions.

Hotels in Funchal get free pick-up and drop-off. Extra charges may apply for hotels outside Funchal.  You’ll get a confirmation email with meeting point details, and an emergency phone number.


Our vehicle will display a card with the company logo and the group name (if applicable) on the windscreen. The driver or Tourist Guide will have a list of all passengers’ names.

Overall Rating
Olivia L
Reviewed On 17/09/2021

It is brilliant from start to finish, so many unusual plants and trees, colours and shapes of leaves, it is well worth a visit. We had an amazing guide who took us around and told us the history of the property and plants. Booking was easy would highly recommend. If you love gardens it is worth a visit.