Places To Visit:
Monte – Cable Car – Slide:
Right in Funchal there is a wonderful mountain called „Monte“ where you can go up by the famous cable car starting in the harbor. It costs 10€ one way or 15€ for a return ticket. If this is too expensive for you, you can take the bus line 21 or 22 starting on the central bus station in Funchal called „Centre“. It will take you to the end of the cable car stop at Monte. I tried it both ways. 🙂
On top you can visit a botanical garden or just walk around a bit, admire the vegetation, visit a white church or just relax in a small café while a woman is playing an accordion nearby.
I recommend you to take the historical slide up there. It is super expensive but once in a lifetime you should definitely try it! It is sooo much fun!Two Madeirenses will pull the basket, control and navigate it on the street. The distance is about 2 km and the ride takes about 5-6 minutes. Unfortunately the slide ends at a point where no public busses go directly back to Funchal. But no worries, instead of taking an expensive taxi we just walked straight back to the harbor. It is not so far as it seems and it took us maybe 15 min.
Costs per basket:
Only 1 person: 25€
2 persons: 30€ for both
3 persons: 45€ for all three together
Forte de São Tiago in Funchal: