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“Dramatic views!”
Review of Monte Cable Car

Monte Cable Car
Ranked #3 of 158 things to do in Funchal
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed February 21, 2013

I will confess this experience scared the living daylights out of me and I spent the duration of the ride clutching my husband's hand and avoiding looking down. Having said that, the sight of Funchal, the red-tiled houses stretching up the hillsides, the ravines clothed in lush green foliage and the view of the bay made it all worthwhile. We also took the cable car to the Botanic Gardens, which I found easier. I think going downwards felt less vertiginous, if there is such a word. Anyway, I wouldn't recommend it to those who can't stand heights, but otherwise it's a great way to get to Monte and it offers some spectacular views.

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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Fantastic views from the cable car. An excellent way to get to the Tropical Gardens and all the attractions of Monte.

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

A wonderful way to learn about Funchal, the ravines, the contrasting old and new housing, the tiny terraces that are gardened on precipitous slopes. If time allows check from below that Monte is not in fog and choose a clear day. The second cable car from Monte to the botanic gardens is also really worth taking as it sweeps down and across another ravine over unspoilt woodland and river helping understanding of recent disastrous flooding.

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

A great way to get up the hills in Funchal, very steady ride with great views when at Monte a visit to the botanitcal gardens is worth a visit. Throw a ride down in the sledge and all in all a good trip.

One word of warning it is along walk down to Funchal from where the sledges stop there were taxis offering to take us back to Funchal but we decided to walk. Halfway down were a number of taxis waiting-a very welcome sight-they were needed

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Reviewed February 19, 2013

A good way of seeing Funchal and an experience you won't regret. Way above all the hustle and bustle of a busy area, where you have a clear panoramic view from the sea front up to the mountains and sitting back in a peaceful environment. Recommend the round trip which includes a separate cable car down to the botanic gardens and on the way back take time out to have a toboggan ride. It is well worth it, but you must allow for returning up to Monte for the cable car down to Funchal. This can be either by taxi or face an extremely stiff climb up the hill, which is a challenge to anyones fitness! The cable car travels at a very sedate speed and with very little rocking movement when negotiating the pylons, so rest assured you can sit back and take in all the magnificent views at leisure.

1  Thank Stuart O
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