Meeting Colombo the Tortoise + Style With a Smile link up

November 26, 2019

Just across the road from my dad’s apartment in Madeira is a haven of peace and serenity: the Jardins do Lago botanical gardens. The island is famous for its abundance of flowers, which bloom all year thanks to the subtropical climate. These particular gardens are also home to a very special resident called Colombo. This friendly giant tortoise has lived in the hotel gardens for 47 years!

Meeting Colombo the Tortoise, Jardins do Lago hotel, Funchal

Meeting Colombo the tortoise was one of the highlights of the holiday!

When we’d had afternoon tea at the hotel earlier in the week we discovered that he loves bananas, so we took one with us. As you can see he really enjoyed it! In fact I don’t know who enjoyed the experience more – him or us! Actually, I’m pretty sure it was us…he must get bananas every day. Whereas for us, meeting Colombo the tortoise was one of the highlights of the holiday!

Meeting Colombo the Tortoise, Jardins do Lago hotel, Funchal Madeira
Meeting Colombo the Tortoise, Jardins do Lago hotel, Funchal

The gardens have fantastic views of the hillside around Funchal.

Meeting Colombo the Tortoise, Jardins do Lago hotel, Funchal
Jardins do Lago hotel botanical gardens, Funchal Madeira
Jardins do Lago hotel botanical gardens, Funchal Madeira
Jardins do Lago hotel botanical gardens, Funchal Madeira

The hotel is known as a “quinta”, which is a Portuguese term for a large house in the country or on the outskirts of a town. The house was built in the 18th century and during the Napoleonic wars it was the residence of General Beresford, Commander of the British forces on the island. The gardens cover 2.5 hectares and contain more than 500 different species of plant.

Jardins do Lago hotel botanical gardens, Funchal Madeira
Jardins do Lago hotel botanical gardens, Funchal Madeira
Jardins do Lago hotel botanical gardens, Funchal Madeira

There are plenty of mango trees in the gardens so I helped myself to a few fallen ones and had them for breakfast…yum 🙂

mango tree

I can’t wait to go back, especially now that it’s so dull and grey here in the UK. Fingers crossed for a Spring getaway!

Jardins do Lago hotel botanical gardens, Funchal Madeira

Outfit details: Zara shorts (old) | really old top | Asos headband (from last year) | Ribelle sandals (old) | Circus by Sam Edelman sunglasses | bangle from a charity shop

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14 responses to “Meeting Colombo the Tortoise + Style With a Smile link up”

  1. Ellibelle says:

    Such beautiful pictures! I love visiting botanical gardens and this one looks wonderful! And loving those shorts on you, such a fun print!
    Thanks for hosting the linkup!
    Ellibelle’s Corner

  2. What a beautiful place! Those flowers are gorgeous and I adore the cute tortoise. Lovely shorts you are wearing. Thanks for the link up!

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  3. Oh my word, I just fell in love with that tortoise! So amazing! And your outfit is adorable. How fun are those shorts!

    Shelbee
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  4. Oh, one of these years we are going to plan a warm weather getaway in the Winter! I love the scenry here and the view is stunning. Your outfit is pretty, i love the print of your skirt! Your skin always looks glowing! I love animals, so I would have fun with Columbo too, he loved the banana 🙂
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydresedandstylish.com

  5. Nancy says:

    Wow, Columbo is gorgeous! I could watch that animal for hours! Fantastic.

  6. Laurie says:

    That’s one big tortoise! They are such gentle creatures aren’t they? Lovely holiday picks Emma xx

  7. Lizzie says:

    What a beautiful place! Colombo is too cute! Glad you had fun 🙂

    Lizzie
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  8. Colombo the tortoise is absolutely adorable! Tortoises are my favorite animal, I had a small one for 23 years.

  9. Darlene says:

    OMG! Madeira is so gorgeous! What an island paradise. And the tortoise is totally worth it, as you say. As we approach winter, you make me want it to be summer all over again! Lol!

    xx Darlene

  10. What an unforgettable experience and trip! I love the amazing photos of the flowers too! Beautiful!

  11. Cheryl Shops says:

    Love all the exotic flora—what a beautiful place!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  12. Gail says:

    That’s some tortoise! I guess he’s only middle aged because they can live to be very old? Your skin looks amazing Emma!

  13. Jacqui Berry says:

    Oh wow, but that was interesting – feeding that wonderful create. Looking super in your short suit too. Jacqui x

  14. Loved these photographs Emma – especially of Columbo enjoying his fruit. I love to see nature and wildlife on holiday. It looks glorious weather unlike here.
    I feel as if I haven’t seen any sunshine for around a month now. Love the boho print on your shorts.
    Alison xx

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