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    Monte was once a health resort for the well-to-do of Portuguese society but is nowadays more famous for the Monte Palace Tropical Garden, famous for its collection of tiles, statues, Koi carp, swans and peacocks and its Oriental influenced design.

    Monte Toboggan

    Cable cars can take you up to the small village of Monte which is about 6km distant from Funchal, but it is more famous for the toboggan sledges that can take you back down. Introduced in 1850 the wicker sledges remain remarkably unchanged, gliding downhill on wooden runners at speeds approaching 50km per hour. Brakes come courtesy of the rubber-soled boots of the two traditionally dressed gentleman who steer each sledge.

    Originally designed to carry freight down the three mile slope between Monte and Livramento, Monte’s famous wicker baskets were re-engineered at some point in the 19th century to accommodate seating for a couple of passengers. Each wicker carriage is controlled by two conductors in traditional dress who push, pull and brake as required. The simple braking mechanism consists of the boots, with car tyre tread for soles, worn by the conductors! From €25 per person or €15 per person for two people sharing.

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Monte was once a health resort for the well-to-do of Portuguese society but is nowadays more famous for the Monte Palace Tropical Garden, famous for its collection of tiles, statues, Koi carp, swans and peacocks and its Oriental influenced design.

Monte Toboggan

Cable cars can take you up to the small village of Monte which is about 6km distant from Funchal, but it is more famous for the toboggan sledges that can take you back down. Introduced in 1850 the wicker sledges remain remarkably unchanged, gliding downhill on wooden runners at speeds approaching 50km per hour. Brakes come courtesy of the rubber-soled boots of the two traditionally dressed gentleman who steer each sledge.

Originally designed to carry freight down the three mile slope between Monte and Livramento, Monte’s famous wicker baskets were re-engineered at some point in the 19th century to accommodate seating for a couple of passengers. Each wicker carriage is controlled by two conductors in traditional dress who push, pull and brake as required. The simple braking mechanism consists of the boots, with car tyre tread for soles, worn by the conductors! From €25 per person or €15 per person for two people sharing.

Local Information

Language:
Portuguese
Currency:
Euro
Local time:
GMT +1 hour
Local airport:
Funchal
Flight time:
3 hours 36 minutes

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Quinta do Monte Hotel and Panoramic Gardens

5 star estalagem

Quinta do Monte Hotel & Panoramic Gardens is situated in the historical leafy village of Monte high above Madeira’s capital Funchal.

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Quinta do Monte Hotel and Panoramic Gardens

5 star estalagem

Quinta do Monte Hotel & Panoramic Gardens is situated in the historical leafy village of Monte high above Madeira’s capital Funchal.

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Local Information

Language:
Portuguese
Currency:
Euro
Local time:
GMT +1 hour
Local airport:
Funchal
Flight time:
3 hours 36 minutes

Weather

40

30

20

10

0

J F M A M J J A S O N D
7 7 8 9 10 10 11 10 8 8 7 7
Average daily hours of sun

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