Perfect for couples and friends


There are so many lovely places to visit in Madeira outside of the capital Funchal. If you enjoy golf and gardens then maybe Palhiero is for you.

Not specifically a resort as it is set in the countryside only 15 minutes from Funchal, Palheiro offers the fabulous Casa Velha do Palheiro a luxury country house hotel. New for this year are the lovely Palheiro Villas.

Palheiro Estate

The estate enjoys a beautiful hillside location with stunning views of the ocean and the city of Funchal. Since it was acquired by the Blandy family in 1885, successive generations have managed the transition from traditional farming to leisure based activities.

There is a strong tradition of hospitality and quality which continues in all areas today, from golf and the hotel to the gardens and flower business; from real estate to property management and even the sports motor cruiser. The names of Blandy and Palheiro are synonymous with quality on Madeira Island and beyond.

Palheiro Gardens

The world-renowned Palheiro Gardens showcase the fertility of Madeira perfectly, after all the island has always been known as the “Floating Garden!”  Plants and trees from around the world flourish here.  Why not bring back a box of orchids from the Florialis nurseries?

Palheiro Golf

The mild climate makes Madeira ideal for golf. Palheiro Golf An 18 hole par 72 course designed by Cabell B. Robinson with two holes replaced in 2003. Facilities include a six hole Academy Course for all levels, a chipping green with bunkers, putting green, warm-up driving range, practice nets, PGA professional and team, club and buggy and hand trolley hire and a fully equipped Pro shop. The Clubhouse is stylish and boasts a superb restaurant run by the Casa Velha do Palheiro hotel.

Madeira offers so much to do and see, lovely people and wonderful food. Lush green unspoiled countryside, terraced farms and vineyards vie with the spectacular mountains, pine forests, waterfalls and craggy cliffs. Flora in abundance – orchids, hydrangeas, hibiscus, no wonder Madeira is called the Floating Garden.

Things to do

One of Madeira main attractions is the 600 miles of ‘Levada’ walks which extend over the whole island. These are a great way to see some of the best scenery, flauna and fauna on the island. Some are quite challenging and walking shoes would prove useful. They carry water for domestic and industrial uses, as well as supplying the hydro-electric power stations. They were originally built to transfer water from the north to the south of the island. The levadas usually have paths running along side them – which are perfect for organised walks.

Water-sports abound (subject to weather) with scuba diving, deep sea fishing and dinghy sailing. Sea bathing is quite safe. It is useful to know that the north coast is 2°-3° cooler. Also ensure you visit the flower market in Funchal – open most mornings, it is a beautiful place to browse and admire the abundance of flowers on offer.

Car Hire

A hire car gives you so much freedom and adds an extra dimension to any holiday, but particularly in Madeira as some of the greatest pleasures are to be found in the countryside.