Who said Madeira was boring? If you want to try a novel form of transport, take the cable-car from Funchal

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Best Time To Visit

Mar - Jul, Sep - Oct

Flight from London London

3:45 hrs

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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.

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Where to stay

Quinta da Bela Vista

Quinta da Bela Vista

This stunning Madeiran Quinta near the town of Funchal dates back from 1844 and, as the name suggests, has lovely views over the surrounding mountains and Funchal Bay.

 Casa Velha do Palheiro

Casa Velha do Palheiro

Originally a hunting lodge built for an infamous Madeiran count who blew his fortune, Casa Velha was subsequently bought and turned into a boutique hotel that’s now part of the Relais & Chateaux portfolio.

Quinta Casa Branca

Quinta Casa Branca

Just around the corner from Reid’s Palace sits Quinta Casa Branca, built around a beautiful private botanical garden.

Quinta Jardins do Lago

Quinta Jardins do Lago

This beautiful quinta is situated on a hilltop just outside the historic city of Funchal. Built in the 18th century, during the Napoleonic wars, General Beresford, the commander of the British forces on the island, chose it as his residence.

Belmond Reid's Palace

Belmond Reid's Palace

The hotel is also renowned for its ten acres of lush semi-tropical gardens, which are beautifully maintained and contain plants from around the world.

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