Interested in Funchal?
We'll send you updates with the latest deals, reviews and articles for Funchal each week.
Topics include Dining Scene, Portugal: For Foreign Visitors & more!
Once you arrive in Funchal, according to one TripAdvisor Member, “your first stop should be the local market, where you can see the local produce of Madeira, including some of the flowers Madeira is famed for (orchids, strelitizias, birds of paradise, etc.), baskets filled with tropical fruit and vegetables, local handicrafts and an impressive fish market. Afterwards head to Monte using the near by cable car. The cable car station is at Avenida do Mar in the Zona Velha of Funchal. The end of the ride is at Caminho das Babosas, right at the entrance of the Monte Palace Tropical Garden. Once in Monte, visit the Nossa Senhora do Monte Church. The church of Monte is not very rich with regard to artistic works but it gathers some architectonic features, interior decorative elements and several paintings that make a visit worthwhile.
And that's just half the fun. The same Member suggests you "return to Funchal by toboggan. Originally a fast means of transport down to Funchal for people living in Monte, these toboggans appeared around 1850. Still in use today, they attract thousands of tourists every year who want to make this exciting experience of sliding at high speed on narrow, winding streets down to Funchal. These two-seater wicker sledges glide on wooden runners, pushed and steered by two men traditionally dressed in white cotton clothes and a straw hat, using their rubber-soled boots as brakes. The downhill journey to Funchal is made in about 10 minutes on a total course of 2 km, reaching at times a speed of 48 km/hour. Adventurous, yet safe, [this ride] is the perfect contrast to the high-technology cable car going up to Monte."