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“Exotic bird welfare”

Madeira Botanical Garden
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USD 237.05*
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Best of Funchal Private Tour
Ranked #19 of 149 things to do in Funchal
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A visit to the Botanical gardens provides visitors with the names and origins of the splendid variety of exotic flowers, vegetables, herbs and other useful plants found on Madeira.
Reviewed 1 November 2015

On a recent visit to our regular holiday destination we visited The Botanical Gardens. Intervention is required to check out the exotic bird enclosure. The birds are kept in awful concrete enclosures without any stimulation and all looked very miserable and although fed - neglected. The poor old tortoise was scratching around for grass and the pool water hadn't been changed or topped up since goodness knows when.

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Reviewed 1 November 2015

Get the cable car up to monte and then take the short walk to the cable car taking you down to the botanical gardens all on one ticket and return the same way for 29 euros. Botanical gardens very impressive especially the cacti, topiary and mosaic gardens. Would strongly recommend.

Thank NickB2409
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Reviewed 31 October 2015 via mobile

The gardens are stunning even in October, but felt the 'Tropical Bird Park' was tragic - many birds in spartan soulless cages, with no obvious stimulation. The plants are great, the birds are not. We took the cable car to Monte, then the second car from there to the gardens. Returning to Monte, we did the toboggan ride downhill towards Funchal - great fun. It made for a good afternoon out, but beware of overcharging taxis waiting to take you the rest of the way down - worth a haggle!

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Reviewed 31 October 2015 via mobile

The books say to visit and they are quite right. The views are fantastic and the gardens are in distinctly separate areas flowing from one to the next. There is an interesting herbal area, a cactus garden, native Madeira flora, a centrepiece planting in splendidly colourful coleus, topiary and much, much more.
The pathways are quite steep in places and many are cobbled so sensible footwear is a good choice, but it is worth climbing about to enjoy the views of this beautiful island. There is a cafe with terrace offering more wonderful views, including the cable car run.

Thank MrsAverage
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Reviewed 30 October 2015

My girlfriend and I took the cable car up to these gardens, they are worth visiting. There aren't many flowers in bloom this time of year but the herbal area is still going strong and is worth a visit for the scratch"n"sniff guessing game. The gardens are beautifully maintained and there is a large variety of plants there, most the names are in portuguese, so if your like me you wont know too many, but that doesnt matter, its a nice day out, there is a bird enclosure on the far side of the gardens that has many different species (parrot, macau, peacock, ect) there is also a tortoise in the gardens, which was a surprise. The only thing about the garden is getting around is physically demanding, there is a lot of climbing steps up and down to the various areas, so if you're injured, very unfit or elderly you might find it difficult to get around. Other than this i would recommend going to see it, but it would be much more impressive in spring/summer. If you take the cable car, there is a ticket that includes entry to the garden, I believe it €16.50 for a round-trip and entrance to this garden.

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