Monte Tour in Funchal (Self Guided), Funchal

Monte is a spectacular green area of Funchal, and also the favored destination of the island’s first tourists, who stopped en route to and from Africa and the Americas. Getting to and from Monte is half the fun: up on the cable car and down on an exhilarating dry toboggan run. The attractive hilltop area of Monte is 550 meters above sea level and is a six kilometer climb northeast of Funchal. Take this tour to enjoy its wooded slopes, cool places and the fantastic views.

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Monte Tour in Funchal Map

Guide Name: Monte Tour in Funchal
Guide Location: Portugal » Funchal (See other walking tours in Funchal)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Author: john
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Teleférico Funchal - Monte
  • Capela de Nossa Senhora da Conceição
  • Museu Monte Palace
  • Igreja da Nossa Senhora do Monte
  • Café do Parque
  • Jardins Tropicais do Monte Palace
  • Carros de Cesto
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Teleférico Funchal - Monte

1) Teleférico Funchal - Monte

The Funchal Passenger Ropeway is a gondola lift that transports people from the lower section of Funchal to the suburb of Monte.

Construction of the ropeway began in September 1999, was inaugurated in November 2000, and has been in operation since November 2000. The departing station is located at Parque Almirante Reis in central Funchal. The length of the cable car line is 3,718 m and the height difference 560 m; the trip takes approx. 15 minutes. The line has over 39 cabins with 8 seats each, carrying 800 passengers per hour.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Capela de Nossa Senhora da Conceição

2) Capela de Nossa Senhora da Conceição

Capela de Nossa Senhora da Conceição was built as a follow-up to the open-air mass held by Pope Pio IX in 1904 to celebrate the anniversary of the Monte region. The chapel is built in a neo-classical design, characteristic of those times, and boasts a collection of four mosaic glass windows by Ricardo Leone.
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Museu Monte Palace

3) Museu Monte Palace

Museu Monte Palace displays petrified wood, African stone carvings and around a thousand semi-precious stones from around the world. From the entrance, the path descends past koi fish ponds, down a series of steps into the ravine. One path is lined with decorative modern azulejos panels, each showing key moments of Portugal’s history, which is followed by a series showing the rebuilding of the capital.
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Igreja da Nossa Senhora do Monte

4) Igreja da Nossa Senhora do Monte (must see)

The twin-towered Nossa Senhora do Monte (Our Lady of the Mountain) is the island’s most important church and stands on the site of one of Madeira’s first chapels, built in 1470 by Adam Gonçalves. The church is also the final resting place of Emperor Karl I of Austria and King of Hungary, the last Hapsburg monarch, who was deposed in 1918 at the end of World War I after just two years in power.
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Café do Parque

5) Café do Parque

The Café do Parque is a café-souvenir shop not far from Capela de Nossa Senhora. It serves light meals, hot and cold drinks, including a fine range of milkshakes. There’s a roof terrace, though the best tables are outside where you can admire the view of the city. The variety of souvenirs available here are at reasonable prices.
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Jardins Tropicais do Monte Palace

6) Jardins Tropicais do Monte Palace (must see)

If you visit just one garden in Madeira, you should make it Jardins Tropicais do Monte Palace, as much a museum as a garden, filled with fountains, statues and works of art, as well as a spectacular range of plants. The gardens spill down seventeen acres of a verdant ravine, toward an eighteenth century building that is home to the park’s owner, José Rodrigues Berardo, a local tobacco magnate.
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Carros de Cesto

7) Carros de Cesto

For most people, the toboggan run (Carros de Cesto) is the most memorable experience to be had in Monte. You’ll see the dapper-looking drivers lined up on the street beneath the church. The toboggans are basically giant wicker baskets, attached to wooden runners, which are oiled using a greasy rag. Rides end up a couple of kilometers downhill in downtown Funchal.

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