The Gardens of Madeira

Madeira, “the floating garden in the Atlantic” is home to a magnificent variety of flowers and trees.  A subtropical climate enables a wide range of exotic plants to flourish.


Announcing: Quinta Jardins do Lago

At Archipelago Choice we are delighted to announce a new addition to our accommodation options on Madeira; Quinta Jardins do Lago, an elegant and charming hotel with a rich history and located in the green hills, on the outskirts of Funchal. This small, luxury, botanical garden hotel boasts 2.5 hectares of spectacular gardens with over 500 species of plants.

The Manor House at Quinta Jardins do Lago, Funchal

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Funchal weekend break

Our Funchal weekend break is a fabulous four night stay at the Quintinha Sao Joao, but if you want a bit more splendour for your Funchal weekend break, why not stay at our new, luxurious small botanical garden hotel Jardins do Lago higher up in the hills, or completely indulge yourself and stay at the iconic Belmond Reid’s Palace.

The weekend break includes a private Jeep tour and we can help you with plenty of suggestions from our activities in Madeira to fill your weekend, or just enjoy the sunshine, relax by the pool and dine in style.

Only a four hour flight away from the UK, and we can guarantee that after this long weekend in Madeira, you will want to return for a longer stay!

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Madeira Botanical Gardens

If you’re interested in stunning gardens, why not couple this stay with a visit to Maderia’s show-stopping Botanical Gardens.  Known as Quinta do Bom Successo, the Botanical Gardens are located about 3km from Quinta Jardins do Lago.  The gardens cover 19 acres, 12 of which are landscaped and host glorious views of the mountains in the north and the shimmering ocean water to the south.

The gardens can be accessed by road or cable car.  Take the cable car from Largo das Babosasin Monte, over the Ribeira valley of João Gomes, all the way up to Madeira’s Botanical Garden.  Here you will find a beautiful collection of harmonious shapes and contrasting colours with over 2500 exotic plants, flowers and trees.

The garden is divided into five sections exhibiting local as well as foreign plants. Part of the park is devoted to some over 300 different species of magnificent exotic birds.

It was created in 1960 as part of the manor house and belonged to the Reid’s family. One of its main purposes was the conservation of indigenous Madeiran plants, some of which are very rare and extinct in the wild.  It’s a perfect location where the climatic conditions are much in favour of exuberant vegetation. Now, it’s government owned and apart from being a beautiful place of leisure, it also serves as a Science and Culture Centre.


Full of wildlife, the Island also has other spectacular gardens to visit too, such as the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens and Quinta Palmeira. Visit our site today to see the holidays in Madeira we have to offer, or contact us directly.

Madeira is a holiday paradise, if you’ve visited some of the idyllic garden location’s on the island why not share it on our Facebook or mention us on Twitter @archchoice.


Madeira Holidays Specialists

At Archipelago Choice, we have a team of Activity Holidays Specialists who know all about Madeira and the best ways to explore it. They are ready to answer all your questions — from ‘is Madeira a good holiday destination’ to ‘where to stay and how to get around?’

We are a member of AITO (the Association of Independent Tour Operators) which encourages the highest standards in all aspects of tour operating. All members must adhere to the AITO Quality Charter.

Get in touch today to find out more about where to stay in Madeira on 01768 721070 or request our Madeira holidays brochure.