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Who said Madeira was boring? If you want to try a novel form of transport, take the cable-car from Funchal
Best Time To Visit
Mar - Jul, Sep - Oct
Flight from London
From Funchal take the cable-car to the hilltop town of Monte (which is well worth exploration in its own right), and then ride back down the steep streets in a carro de cesto, a sort of wicker toboggan.
The ride down takes about 20 minutes in total.