My favourite day in Madeira


This is the last of my posts dedicated to our holiday in Madeira. I’ve talked about the sights, the food, and today I’m going to talk about my favourite day of our holiday. One of those days that I’m sure I’ll look back on when I’m old and grey and think ‘that day when I took a toboggan down a mountain in Madeira was one of the best days ever’.

I’ll get onto the toboggan in a minute, but let’s not skip the beginning. We started our day with a tour of the Botanic Gardens. Madeira is full of interesting, unusual and beautiful plants, largely down to its sub-tropical climate. There were types of plants I’d never seen before, not to mention an amazing bounty of colours.There was even a resident turtle, in his 70s, that the visitors took a real shine to.

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When we were done at the Botanic Gardens, we took a cable car to Monte. I loved the cable car experience, but if you’re not so keen on heights it would be pretty hard to stomach. There are taxis though, which will take you to Monte for a very reasonable price if you do fall into this category. If you do take the cable car to Monte, the views are utterly spectacular.

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Monte is a small village, with a large garden, a cathedral (above) and a toboggan ride. We visited the cathedral before hoping into one of the toboggans (€30 for two people), which was so much fun. The toboggan drops you off in a fairly remote part of the island, and to get back to Funchal its a 40-minute walk or a 10-minute taxi ride, which costs around €20.

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Arriving back in Funchal mid-afternoon, we then went to Blandy’s Wine Lodge for a Madeira wine tour. The tour we did lasted 45-minutes and included a tasting of three Madeira wines. The cost of the tour was €6 per person. The wine tour was excellent, and I would thoroughly recommend it, especially if you are a wine lover.

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After the wine tour, we wandered back to our hotel and had a drink by the hotel pool before heading out to Belmond Reid’s Palace for dinner.

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So, that was our holiday to Madeira. Have I convinced any of you to go yet?


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  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    What beautiful gardens! Your holidays looks and sounds like it was absolutely wonderful! You’ve made me really want to visit Madeira. xxx

  • http://www.themidnightblog.com/ Charlotte

    I’d never heard of mountain toboggans! :) Looks like you had the best time there.

  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    I’ve been convinced since I read about the food :D The Botanic Gardens look so beautiful!!

  • http://www.tapeparade.wordpress.com Laila

    This plus the food have just conviced me! The tobaggon looks amazing, I’ve never done anything like that – looks great fun :) xx