Nature in Funchal
As the capital of Madeira, Funchal features a variety of green spaces, viewpoints and unique moments that call for perfect contact, rare and pure with the natural surroundings. Breathe fresh air, I never had so much expression in Funchal.
Partial Natural Reserve of Garajau – established in 1986, it consists of a fauna and a very diverse flora. You can see large fish, such as Mero (guaza Epinephalus) and Manta and manta rays (Manta birostris, Mobula mobular). The fish passivity, that are accustomed to human presence, allows divers swim at your side, capturing great photographic moments. This protected area is prohibited fishing activity and navigation is conditional.
Lido Promenade – the west of the city of Funchal, this is very popular for leisure and relaxation, a sea promenade, which connects the Lido area and Formosa Beach, offering views of the Atlantic Ocean and the jardinadas areas, making If an attraction point much sought after by both its inhabitants as by tourists. Attached to this are the bathing complex of the Lido, the Ponta Gorda, the Naval Club and Pools of the Governor or the Praia Formosa.
City of Mount Garden – features many indigenous and exotic species and some trees. At its entrance, it is a bandstand and the Virgin’s Spring, with the image of Our Lady of Mount and at its center is a lake with a map of the island of Madeira in stone.
Beach Promenade Formosa-Bay Câmara De Lobos – this connects the municipalities of Funchal and Câmara de Lobos, a promenade of 2.2 km, between the Lido area to Câmara de Lobos Bay. This is built on pillars, which kept the beauty of the cliff and lightened their environmental impact. This is perfect for a walk by the sea, combining physical activity with the contact with nature, being able to know the Madeiran South coast.
Pico dos Barcelos viewpoint – can observe the bay and the city of Funchal, as the Deserted Islands. Erected in 1950, this recently refurbished, containing new green spaces and marketing areas of regional products, craft and catering, to enhance the experience of your visitor.
Viewpointdas of Neves – also known as Pinnacle’s viewpoint, this gives one of the most beautiful views over the bay of Funchal. To the east of Funchal, this offers a beautiful view of the bay of Funchal.
Gazebo Marmeleiros – erected in 1939, it offers a privileged view over Funchal. It lies in the village of Monte, near the Hospital of Marmeleiros.
Viewpointdas of Cruzes – next to Quinta das Cruzes, this is one of the oldest viewpoints, offering a view of the downtown Funchal, and was inaugurated on May 28, 1936.
Belvedere of Quinta Vigia – Quinta Vigia, official residence of the President of the Government of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, this makes it possible to contemplate a landscape from the port of Funchal to the Garajau, Canico. Open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00, ending Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
Gazebo Botanical Garden – features a view over the city of Funchal, from the sea to the mountains. This is on top of the left bank of the Ribeira João Gomes, being surrounded by a center of science, culture and leisure, where the visitor can discover the great world of plants surrounding it. It is open Monday to Sunday from 9:00 to 18:00, ending December 25.
Viewpoint of Santa Catarina Park – the Parque de Santa Catarina, you can enjoy a view that goes from the bay of Funchal to Ponta do Garajau, in the town of Canico. It is open every day in summer from 7h00 to 21h00 and in winter from 8h00 to 19h00.
Viewpoint of Pico Alto – in the middle area of Funchal Ecological Park, this makes it possible to observe the floor of the lagoon and the bay of Funchal.
Terreiro da Luta belvedere – the village of Monte, this can contemplate a view of the bay of Funchal, rising over a time dedicated to Our Lady of Peace, as a promise of the Madeiran people during the bombing of Funchal by German submarines in 1917.
Fortim the viewpoint of San Jose – in the port of Funchal the islet, this gives a panoramic view of the amphitheater of Funchal. This islet was the first place under the discoverers of Madeira, in the year 1419, here stands the Fort of San Jose, the first port of the Atlantic and the westernmost of Europe, which played an important role in maritime expansion European. Already between 1801 and 1807, this was a headquarters of invaders and later served as a prison during the occupation of the British troops.
Viewpoint Largo Padre Pita Ferreira – erected in honor of Father Pita Ferreira, this is in Sao Goncalo, above this is the parish church and offers a view of the bay of Funchal. Father Pita Ferreira was an enthusiast who fought for the preservation of the Madeiran artistic heritage.
Lombo da Quinta do viewpoint – in Sao Goncalo, it offers a panoramic view of the bay of Funchal, which highlights the port of Funchal and the central part of this. This is close to the Haystack Golf.
Curral of pilgrims viewpoint – in the Black Way, this gives a view of the headland of Cabo Girao and the Ribeira de João Gomes.
Viewpoint of San Roque – in front of the parish church of San Roque, this offers a panoramic view of the amphitheater of Funchal.
Gazebo View Garden – in the Lido area, this gives a view of the ocean, which highlights the islet of Lido.
Viewpoint of Achada – erected by the Funchal City in 2009, it contains a garden, accompanied by banks in cast iron and wood lath, and a view across the east of Funchal.
Viewpoint of Vila Guida – Guida in the village garden, this was built in 1938 and offers panoramic views over the bay of Funchal. Also in this, it is the Adriana Lajinha tile panel with representation from Funchal amphitheater.
Madeira Botanical Garden – Engineer Rui Vieira – dates back to the seventeenth century, it is composed of more than two thousand exotic plants from all over the world, which highlights some botanical species that are endangered. In this there is also a gazebo and an amphitheater for the development of recreational activities. Open since 1960, this garden aims to become a hub of science and culture, conserving and preserving the plants, for the reason that biodiversity and habitats are in decline. For those looking to learn more about the flora, can visit the Natural History Museum and Herbarium, the Middle Way, Funchal. The Madeira Botanical Garden is open from Monday to Sunday from 9:00 às18h00, closes on December 25.
Garden of Blonds – next to the Botanical Garden, this comprises a collection of the most exotic and rare birds in the world and can be covered with a safari, spotting the Cockatoos and Loricos tropical islands Asian, budgerigars Australians, the Parrots Dwarves, among others . It is open Monday to Sunday from 9.00 to 18.00, closed on 25 December.
Garden Quinta das Cruzes – Quinta das Cruzes, this lived Zarco, this has a romantic inspiration, accompanied by a variety of endemic and exotic plants, old trees and cobbled paths shingle. Attached to this, is the Quinta das Cruzes Museum. The garden is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10h00 to 12h30 and from 14h00 to 17h30 and closed Monday and holidays.
Palheiro Gardens – with good panoramic views, accompanied by trees more than 200 years of existence, lawns and lakes that support exotic plants. The owner who gave this little world was the first Count of Carvalhal also initiated a valuable collection of camellias. This is open Monday to Sunday from 9h0 to 17.30, ending December 25 and January 1.
Monte Palace Tropical Garden – Quinta Monte Palace, it has about 100 000 plant species, which highlights the collection of cycads (encephalartos), by their age, are considered living fossils. This quinte is owned by José Berardo Foundation and has increased over the years, with plants from around the world, the 72 known species, about 60 are in this garden. This is also a focused space for the Madeiran flora, which highlights the most varieties of the Macaronesian Laurissilva and other species that are endangered, such as Pittosporum coriaceum, known as “madeiran cheesewood”. This is open Monday to Sunday from 9:30 to 18:00, ending December 25.
Gardens of Quinta da Boa Vista – dedicated to diverse habitats around the world, these highlight the collection of orchids, one of the biggest attractions, awarded over 20 years and during the months from December to May arise floral exhibition Cymbidiums , Paphipedilums (shoes) and Lycastes; year-round is exposed a collection of superb hybrids and rare species. There are also areas devoted to Bromeliads from South America, Martinetes from Australia and Aloes from Africa. This opens Monday to Saturday from 9h00 to 18h00 and closed Sunday and holidays.
Funchal Municipal Garden – also known as Queen Amélia Garden, this is the same place where once stood the Convent of San Francisco. This garden has examples of flora from Madeira and the rest of the world, accompanied by a lake and a stream which harbor fish and birds. They are also works of art and an auditorium that allows the realization of cultural activities.
Santa Catarina Park – overlooking the harbor of Funchal, this is surrounded by tree species from all over the world and has a view of the bay of Funchal to Ponta do Garajau. This also highlights the Chapel of St. Catherine the pond that was built an island for rest and nesting birds there are collected and a statue of Prince Henry the Navigator and Christopher Columbus. Open summer from 7h00 to 21h00 and winter from 8h00 to 19h00.
Public Garden Amparo – since 2009, this place of leisure allowed to engage in a wide variety of plants from various continents.
View Garden – in the Lido area, open since 2005, this garden has three distinct flora themes, Indigenous Coastal Flora, the Middle Indigenous Flora Altitude and Tropical Zone, which are accompanied by views of the Atlantic Ocean along with works the Madeiran artist Rigo, who participated in the development of tile panels for Ilhéu do Lido. This garden establishes a link between the public promenade and the Monumental Road. This is open Monday to Sunday from 7h00 to 22h00.
Help Garden – Open since 2005, this has a tropical flora, on which stand about 16 different species of palm trees, along with an area for children and for sports practice. It is open to the public from Monday to Sunday summer from 7h00 to 22h00 and winter from 7:00 am to 20:00.
Garden Santa Luzia – is built on the grounds of the old sugar mill Hinton / Turret, having preserved the chimney of the old factory and some machinery, accompanying the whole garden of Laurel, Garden of the Terraces, Water Garden Tropical Garden and Amphitheatre Garden. In this garden was awarded an honorable mention in the National Prize of Landscape Architecture in the category of Public Use of Outer Space, designed by landscape architect Luis Paulo Ribeiro – TOPIARIS. It is open Monday to Sunday from 8h00 to 24h00.
Garden Almirante Reis – in Historic Santa Maria, near the cable car station that connects Funchal to Monte, it is divided into several gardens and rolling platforms with pedestrian paths, accompanied by park benches and artificial lighting.
Garden Quinta Magnolia – boasts several species of trees and plants from around the world, involving the children’s playground and tennis courts. Open Monday to Sunday from 07.30 to 21.00, ending December 25 and January 1.
Gazebo Garden Vila Guida – a garden and gazebo that provides a view of the bay of Funchal. This was built in 1938 and is divided into two levels, the higher is the viewpoint and the lower boasts a gardened area with several large trees, with a great landscape value.
Orchid Garden – contains more than 50 000 plants, among which stands out the orchids from their natural shape to hybrids. This provides a breeding work in the laboratory, where their plants develop throughout the year. This is open Monday to Sunday from 9:00 to 18:00, ending December 25.