The Monte Toboggan is one of Madeira’s most famous attractions. Dating back to the 1850s, the Monte Sledge — a wicker toboggan — was the main methods for downhill public transit in Funchal (Madeira’s capital city).
Today, along with ages now, the “Carro de Cesto” is utilized to entertain and transport tourists through the steps from the Nossa Senhora do Monte Church downhill to Livramento — a suburb of Funchal — two kilometres away.
Two men, called “Carreiros” put on white and wearing straw hats, is usually the chauffeurs within this downhill adventure. They wear special, rubber-soled shoes that really help them steer and brake the toboggan, which happens to be essentially a wicker basket linked to two wooden runners (that glide on greased up rags).
The journey to the beds base takes about 10-20 minutes down a curvy road, and you could expect you’ll reach hurries up to 30mph!
How so you can get there
The toboggan run can be found in Funchal, Madeira’s capital city. You are able to use the Monte Cable car from Funchal to Monte, and then it’s a 5 to 10-minute walk towards the steps from the Nossa Senhora do Monte Church — in which the toboggan run starts. Look for the guys in white with straw hats and, obviously, wicker sleds.
What to consider
- The cable car is a fairly method of getting up. Set aside a second to see began in the gardens before sledding down.
- The toboggan ride doesn’t get you up to Funchal. You’ll have got to walk the residual way — a 20 to 30-minute walk over a steep downhill — or take a really expensive taxi (negotiate your fare before riding), or catch the actual bus.
- It’s slightly expensive, cover anything from 30 euros for two people, but it’s worth every penny!
- Expect a queue, it’s a well known attraction.
- The run fails and crosses active, in-use streets.