Quinta do Arco Rose Garden - Madeira Island
In April, Quinta do Arco is transformed. This space, located in Site of Lagoa, in Arco de São Jorge, is magical all year round, but in April the flowers start to blossom, so the rose garden of Arco, 'dormant' during the winter, opens its doors to the public during this month, so no one misses a spectacle of colour and smell. There are a total of 17,000 roses in 1,550 varieties.
In this rose garden – the largest collection of roses in Portugal – many varieties are represented, from almost every country in the world and some extremely rare, such as the roses-of-moss, very popular in the 19th century; the "Rose of the Emperor", introduced in Madeira by the emperor of Austria and king of Hungary, Charles of Hapsburg; the indigenous Madeira rose, Rosa mandonii, a rare plant that comes from the ravines of Laurissilva, and other sites located between 600 and 1,600 meters of altitude.
This extraordinary collection was born from the passion of Miguel Albuquerque, former mayor of Funchal. For many years it was private property, only accessible to family and friends. Having successfully collected in his gardens plants of great botanical interest, he decided to share his project with visitors.
For five euros, you can enjoy this romantic garden. It is also possible to stay overnight in Quinta do Arco, whose housing area, with its eighteen independent houses, provides a cosy, rural environment, where the silence is broken only by the chirping of birds.