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!
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!
The gardens have fantastic views of the hillside around Funchal.
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.
There are plenty of mango trees in the gardens so I helped myself to a few fallen ones and had them for breakfast…yum 🙂
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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