Our guess was confirmed. We made a trip up to the Garden, paid a €10 p.p. entrance fee, and found only a few plant and tree species were in bloom in August. Despite a visit in the “wrong season,” we had a great visit to Monte Palace Tropical Gardens in Madeira, Portugal. Read on.
We took the scenic way to the Garden by hopping on to the cable car to get up the mountain. The tickets were €10 for a one-way ride. The cable car offered terrific panoramic views over the terraced houses and gardens of Funchal as we rose up steeply from the Atlantic Ocean.
The cable car dropped us off at the top of the garden. We meandered (true meaning: could not follow the map, got confused about where we were, so just wandered) for a long way, always downhill on the forested pathways.
We thought the sculpture and art were beautifully integrated into the garden design and took time to enjoy those, as we weren’t so distracted by flowers.
Yes, we saw some flowers at Monte Palace Tropical Gardens. Most were massive plantings along walkways.
With or without flowers, this garden gave us a lovely day’s walk, one filled with beauty, inspiration, and wonderful photo opportunities.
….to be continued with a “FAST downhill exit” from the Garden….