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Trip to Monte

This suggestion is for a round trip to Monte that takes about three hours. Please look up your printed travel guide for details. First you take the cable car (Teleferico) from east of the Museu de Electricidade up to Monte. This only takes a few minutes.

Funchal seen from the cable car

Funchal seen from the cable car


When you get there you take a walk in the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens. After that you go up to the Monte Church (Nossa Senhora da Monte) and then to the Largo da Fonte with the spring in the Capelina do Monte.

Nossa Senhora do Monte

Nossa Senhora do Monte


Then you go back to the street just below the Monte Church’s steps where the toboggan rides start in front of the old entrance of the Grande Hotel Belmonte.

Toboggan start at the Grande Hotel Belmonte

Toboggan start at the Grande Hotel Belmonte


The ride down to Funchal is really exiting and was 10 Euros per person in 2003.

Toboggan ride

Toboggan ride

After the exitement of that trip you are ready for dinner. Try to get it in an authentic restaurant. Especially outside Funchal or in the Zona Velha you can find a lot of places where you hardly find any tourists, and this is where I would suggest you go.

Zona Velha of Funchal

Zona Velha of Funchal

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