Best time to travel to Madeira

Lady Slipper Orchid for Christmas in Madeira

A flower that became symbolic in Madeira

Best time: December–January

Lady Slipper Orchid for Christmas
Lady Slipper Orchid for Christmas
Lady Slipper Orchid for Christmas

Christmas season in Madeira is impossible without delicate "Lady Slipper" orchid that blooms from December to January. The flower coloured in yellow, brownish or greenish tones is widely used in Christmas decorations.

Practical info

When is the best time to visit Madeira to see the Lady Slipper orchid?

The Lady Slipper orchid can be viewed in its full splendor every year from December to January in Madeira. This coincides with the Christmas season on the island, making it the perfect time for tourists to visit. It is recommended to check with a local tour guide to confirm bloom timings as it may vary. You wouldn't want to miss the awe-inspiring Lady Slipper orchid in its full glory! Show more

Where can I see the Lady Slipper orchid in Madeira?

If you want to experience the mesmerizing Lady Slipper orchid in Madeira, you could head to some of the island's most beautiful locations, including Jardim Orquídea (Orchid Garden), Monte Palace Tropical Garden, and Santa Catarina Park. Adventurous tourists could explore the wild forest areas around Madeira where the orchids grow naturally, accompanied by a local guide for that required legal and environmental expertise. Show more

How is the Lady Slipper orchid used in Christmas decorations in Madeira?

One of the best ways to absorb the essence of Madeira's Christmas festivities is to see how Lady Slipper orchids are incorporated into the decorations. Not limited to traditional bouquets, the orchids find themselves in the showpiece center of dining tables, in dazzling wreaths or Christmas trees. With skilled and imaginative artistry, locals showcase their beloved Lady Slipper orchid in full glory during the festive season. You'll be delighted by the creativity surrounding the orchid's use in traditional Madeiran Christmas decorations. Show more

What other types of flowers are synonymous with Madeira?

Madeira Island is not only known for the Lady Slipper orchid; it is a veritable paradise of beautiful and exotic flowers. Some of the flowers that bloom in the gardens on the island include Birds of Paradise, Blue Agapanthus, Hibiscus, and Bougainvillea. Jardim Orquídea (Orchid Garden), Monte Palace Tropical Garden, and Municipal Garden are all popular gardens to tour while admiring the island's natural beauty. Additionally, Madeira Flower Festival is an annual event that showcases the island's vibrant blossoms every spring. Show more

Can I buy the Lady Slipper orchid as a souvenir in Madeira?

Yes, you can purchase Lady Slipper orchids as souvenirs from local nurseries and flower shops in Madeira. However, it is important to ensure that the orchids are not wild ones as they are protected under Madeira's environmental laws. Tourists must be mindful of strict regulations in Portugal and the EU regarding live plant imports. It would be safer to check with the appropriate customs office to avoid fines or confiscation. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin