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Monday, January 11, 2016

Jardim Botanicos da Madeira - Botanical Garden - East Funchal. Madeira

You know you are getting old when you start to enjoy tourist attractions like gardens.  I had read about the Botanical Garden in my pocket guide, and a few people in our group mentioned wanting to see the garden.  The admission was cheap, at 5.50 euros ($5.93), and the garden was absolutely beautiful.  The park is packed with native Madeiran species, as well as many exotic plants  The colors are gorgeous and the ocean views in the background only enhance this botanical garden.  Make sure you relax and have a "cerveja" (beer) before you leave!

Jardim Botanicos da Madeira

Hours:  9am to 6pm
Admission:  5.50 euros, ($5.93)
Getting there:  Bus- 31/31A, cable car, taxi, or drive. 
GPS: Jardim Botanico Cable Car – Top:  GPS = N 32°40'34.4", W 16°53'57.2″ Jardim 
Notes:  The neighboring aviary Loro Parque can be visited on the same ticket.  There is also a cafe overlooking the garden where you can purchase drinks and food.  Also note that there are two cable cars.  The main one from the shore, and a shorter ride from the top of the first cable car to the garden.  The top shorter cable car was out for service when we visited. 

No Car? No problem!  Book a tour!  

"Covering 80,000 sq. meters, rising from 150 meters to 300 meters above sea level and crammed with the most exotic collection of plant life in Europe, Madeira's main botanical garden is like few others.  Unlike other institutions of its ilk- normally the preserve of botanists and bored school groups- the Jardim Botanicos da Madeira teem with tourists who wander in amazement at the leafy spectacle on offer.  Only created in the 1950's, it's one of Madeiras top tourist attractions".  -- Lonely Planet Guide Madeira 

Entrance to the Botanical Gardens
My father posing in the Botanical Gardens
Walkway around one of the buildings
Large garden
Parents posing in the large garden 
Posing in the garden 
Greenery in the garden
Signage in the garden 
Stairs in the garden 
Looking over the garden 
View of the tunnel from Lover's Cave 
Flowers in the Botanical Garden
Overlooking a large garden

Red flowers in the garden

One of the cats near the cafe
Bathrooms at the Botanical Garden
Posing after a great day at the Garden

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