Funchal, Tropical Garden on Monte

Tropical garden, located on Monte in Funchal - perhaps one of the most famous tourist destinations on the island. Generally, Madeira is exceptionally rich in its parks and gardens, but to get around even if only a part of them was not possible - at random chosen Jardim Tropical Monte Palace and did not regret about it.
The garden is at the top of Monte, which slopes densely built town houses Funchal. The easiest way to get there - use the cable car station which is located on the waterfront, close to the center. Line length of a little more than 3,700 meters extends over the whole city and of itself is very pretty fifteen minutes attraction. Actually, I was so engrossed in town shooting a bird's eye that is fully planted batteries before we got to the place. In general, during a walk in the garden, periodically remove the battery and making them different shamanic action could still make a couple of dozen frames. Actually, looking casually (already back home) in the booklet that we got together with the tickets, we were surprised to find that there was not only a great map of the territory, but also give different routes - compiled with the same interests. For example, the route for those interested in flora and fauna. Or route for nteresuyuschihsya art and history. Or combined - including both the first and second. Of course, all of varying degrees of intensity and different transit time. We were there quite a few hours wandering haphazardly, randomly selecting turns, and like most were able to see. Although, judging by all the same card, something still missing.

Personally, I am generally very pleased with the cultural eclecticism of the route. In addition to traditional Portuguese pottery was found in a tropical garden was very nice collection of African sculptures - partly along the tracks and a pretty impressive display in the museum building. At the museum itself has, however, battery power is not enough.

From the entrance to the garden leads to the central pond so that's path, with ceramic panels in pictures narrating the heroic Portuguese history. We are, however, immediately turned into a thicket - it was interesting to wander through the more lively part of the garden, and here, as we have seen, mostly flaniruyut pensioners.

History of Portugal on ceramic panels vygldyadit as colorful comics - do not even speak the language, and so it becomes clear - someone who has created and who gets poisoned or stabbed, someone who has won, well, someone who eventually buried.

In addition to African motifs and historical comics, some tracks are decorated with works carried out in the traditional Portuguese technique of painting on ceramics - azulezhu.

Here is one of them - close-up.

Another area - close to the museum. Abstract adjacent to antiquity.

As for the flora, the March, apparently, is not the best month to visit - though Madeira is rightly called the flower island, early spring flowering plant units. But something we still saw.

The park also come across a small pool of water plants.

Or dense thickets of bamboo - mainly in the Japanese part of the garden. 

Separately pleased peacocks who calmly strolling near the pavilion of the four elements. There you can admire and other birds, but others contain not so freely - sit together in a large cage.

  One of the fountains in the garden. Especially colorful fish look (or someone there babies sit?).

Actually the Monte Palace - in its history, the building had to change many owners, at the moment there is Berardo Foundation - an organization that deals with the preservation and development of the garden.

View of the Palace from the observation deck.

View of the city with the same viewing platform in front of the palace. Far below you can see the port and the central part of Funchal and a wonderful pagoda in the frame - part of the Southern Japanese garden.

Wall in the Northern Japanese garden. On the plates painted the story of Japanese-Portuguese relations.

Another fragment of Japan - the samurai statue. Generally, it is the abundance of Japanese elements in the design due to the personal predilections of the founding father - Joe Bernard. He was so fascinated by Eastern culture that tried to recreate the right atmosphere to create this garden.

One of the most publicized images of Madeira - Central Lake photos. It is surrounded on all sides by walkways and visible from almost anywhere in the garden. Actually, here we had another reason to be glad that we came in out of season - for visitors could be counted on the fingers and no one bothered to photograph. I suspect that in the height of summer near the lake is not overcrowded.

Same lake other.

Again lake, a plan view with one of the galleries. In the background - Monte Palace.

While strolling through the garden - found some cool caves. I suspect that in the heat - a place for short stops completely essential, because in cold and damp. In one of the caves have noticed a long tunnel, lost somewhere far away in the darkness, but to make an underground journey prevented grille. Yes, Levada, we also noticed that such obstacles appear quite suddenly, and the most interesting place. Unfortunately, much of what we saw there behind the scenes, but even so, perhaps you can make some impression. Those who suddenly appears in Madeira - visit tropical garden strongly recommend unequivocally - one of the most beautiful places on the island.