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Pictures of Monte Palace Tropical Gardens on Madeira Island

Do you vacation to see gardens? You'll like this one!

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We visit many botanical gardens each year, but the one that impressed us the most is the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens. High above Funchal on Madeira Island, the gardens incorporate art, Portuguese tile works, a lake, and museums dedicated to modern African art from Zimbabwe and minerals from all over the world. There are Oriental gardens and Koi ponds, peacocks screeching and displaying, placid ponds with swans and more.

But the experience is not just about gardens. How you get there is spectacular as well, from the areal tramway from downtown Funchal on the way up, to a hair-raising ride down on a wicker sledge (optional!) You might sit back for an elegant lunch (or stay overnight) at the elegant and evocative Quinta do Monte hotel. See it all in our picture gallery. The order we did things is the order of the pictures as you see them below.

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Monte Palace Tropical Garden picture, Madiera Portugal picturePicture of the Aerial Tramway that takes you from Funchal to MonteMonte Palace Tropical Garden picture, Madiera Portugal pictureModern Portuguese Cuisine as Served at Estalagem Quinta do MonteMonte Palace Tropical Garden picture, Madiera Portugal picturePicture of a crystaline mineral block in the Monte Palace MuseumMonte Palace Tropical Garden picture, Madiera Portugal picturePicture of a Stone Sculpture from Zimbawe in the African Art Museum
Monte Funchal, Madiera Portugal  picturePicture of a Buddha statue in the Oriental gardens in MonteMonte Funchal, Madiera Portugal  picturePicture of the Japanese Garden in Monte Palace Tropical GardenMonte Funchal, Madiera Portugal  picturePicture of a Statue in the Monte Palace Tropical GardensMonte Funchal, Madiera Portugal  picturePicture of statues in the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens
Monte Funchal, Madiera Portugal  pictureA peacock displays in the Monte Palace Tropical GardensMonte Funchal, Madiera Portugal picturePicture of a plant called "Pride of Madeira" in the Monte Palace GardensMonte Funchal, Madiera Portugal  picturePicture of Monte Palace Gardens Lake and Waterfall--and SculpturesMonte Palace Tropical Garden picture, Madiera Portugal picturePicture of a Wicker Sledge or Toboggan
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