Tobogganing of the African Coast in Funchal

Madeira, Portugal - Designerella

Olá (Hello in Portuguese) from one of Portugal’s finest islands, the island of Madeira. This island offers something for everyone. From beaches, to mountains, to shopping, to visiting wineries, to climbing a volcano, to hiking in rainforests, it is amazing the variety of adventures you can find on this small island. However there are two things which are a must do on the island. The first is to take the cable car from the port of Funchal to the town of Monte which is 1,800 feet up the mountain. This 15 minute ride provides the most breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Madeira, Portugal - Designerella

Madeira, Portugal - Designerella

Madeira, Portugal - Designerella

It is not a cable car in the San Francisco sense. It is more of a closed gondola that hangs from a rope similar to a ski lift.

Madeira, Portugal - Designerella

Madeira, Portugal - Designerella

Upon reaching the top you will find the best attraction on the island–the toboggan ride! That is right, ride a street toboggan down the mountain in the most amazingly wonderful experience!!! Two people may sit in the wooden toboggan wagon, while two experienced men steer you safely down the steep mountain roads. Since the 1850s this has been the best mode of transportation down these steep cliffs. The guides are remarkable as they manage to bring this basket down the mountain while all the cars pass by. This mile-long thrill ride beats most roller coasters. Reaching speeds of 30 mph it seems much faster as you have neither seat belt nor a helmet. So, say a prayer and hope these Portuguese guides have a successful journey for you!

Madeira, Portugal - Designerella

This picture captures the steepness of the hill. Halfway down this hill brings you up to full speed!

Madeira, Portugal - Designerella

The semitropical environment with the volcanic soil give the grapes of Madeira a very distinct taste. These of course can be used to create wonderful wines, making the island a must visit for all the wine lovers out there. One of the island’s finest wineries is Blandy’s which has an incredible selection of wines from the white sweet all the way to the dry. As always, my favorite is the dry red wine. Unwinding by sipping some of Blandy’ dry red is a great experience after the thrilling toboggan ride.

Madeira, Portugal - Designerella

Madeira, Portugal - Designerella

One thought on “Tobogganing of the African Coast in Funchal

  1. That is different, very beautiful scenery, A town with a thrill within it’s transportation system…I would have loved to see that place, very different.

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