If you're staying in Funchal it's well worth a trip up the cable car to see the view down over Fnchal. We used a combined ticket with entry to the Monte Gardens which are brilliant. You can also walk upto the church at Monte and climb the church tower for another great vista. The tobogan also goes from in-front of the church, which is another must do for the first tiem visitor (but check out the taxi fare from where the sledge finishes into the centre - as you're still a way out).
Cable car trip is approx. 15 minutes each way with great views from the fully glazed cabins, very quiet and very smooth ride.
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