Monte Palace Botanical Garden

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  • Mar5

    Funchal Cable Car and Wicker Toboggans

    March 5, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    On the news today...

    “The Funchal procession that was due to take place today at 4pm has now been postponed to Saturday.

    Considering the forecasts that points to the great instability of the weather, with the possibility of showers but, especially with a strong wind, on the afternoon of this Tuesday of Carnival, the Regional Secretary of Tourism and Culture opted to postpone the Traditional Trapalhão, and it is expected to take place next Saturday, March 9, at the same time, that is, at 4:00 pm.”.

    So today, we will see what it is like to be on an island with heavy winds and rain.

    The morning was windy and cloudy but not too bad so we decided to go into the capital city of Funchal where we could run for shelter if it rained. No hikes in the mountains today. We are staying in Canico, a nearby suburb so it was a short drive.

    Our goal was to take a ride on the cable car (Teleférico do Jardim Botânico) up to a small town called Monte that had wonderful views of Funchal and the surrounding areas. Initially this mountaintop town, that is about 6 km away from Funchal, was a health resort for the high society of Europe. Monte means mount in Portuguese and it is high above sea level. The cable car ride is quite thrilling, especially for people with any sense of vertigo.

    The ticket lady would only sell us a one way ticket up as the winds and rain were coming up and she said that the cable car may be shut down. If that happened, we would have to take a taxi or bus back down. We really only wanted to go up and down and as it wasn’t too bad, we took the chance.

    As we rose above Funchal, we could look down and get glimpses into private gardens and mini farms and see dramatic views down through steep gorges. The 3,200-metre ride itself takes 15-20 minutes and sometimes reaches a speed of 48 km/hr. Once everyone relaxed a bit, it was quite exciting.

    At the top, it was raining though. There is a beautiful garden there but we decided to skip that as it cost 12.50 euros ($37.50 cdn) each for entry and we had been in some lovely gardens recently.

    There are other points youof interest on the Monte and that’s the "descent in a basket car". Originally, around 1850, the basket cars/sleds were a fast way to get to Funchal. Currently and still in use, they attract hundreds of tourists every year to experience this exciting descent down the steep road to Funchal.

    These wicker baskets, carros de cestos, sit on wooden bars for better gliding. They are guided and pushed by two men traditionally dressed in white cotton clothing and a felt hat and wear their rubber boots as a brake. The ride is 2 km downhill and taxis wait down there to bring you up. It was raining pretty hard at this time and the roads must have been slick. We passed on the ride but it would have been fun.

    It started to get pretty foggy and the sky was getting darker so we took the cable car back down again, for 1/2 price, and had a nice chat with our fellow passengers from England.
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  • Day9

    Auf nach Monte....

    December 17, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Monte ist ein Muss für alle Madeira Besucher, nur hier gibt es die Korbschlittenfahrt, den Botanischen Garten und die Seilbahn die von Funchal heraufkommt, sowie die schöne Kirche Nossa Senhora de Monte, in der der letzte Österreichisch/Ungarische Kaiser der hier im Exil gelebt hat, beerdigt wurde.Read more

  • Day5

    Ein Tag in Funchal Teil 4

    December 28, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Wir entscheiden uns (aufgrund Empfehlungen aus der Heimat) für eine Besuch im Tropical Garden. Der Eingang liegt direkt neben dem Ausgang der Seilbahn. Der Garten hat eine Fläche von 70.000qm dementsprechend viel gibt es zu sehen bzw. abzulaufen. Der Eintritt liegt bei 12,50€ pro PersonRead more

  • Day5

    Ein Tag in Funchal Teil 3

    December 28, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Im dritten Teil geht es mit der Seilbahn nach oben in den höher gelegenen Teil der Stadt. Auch von hier oben hat man wieder einen fantastischen Blick über die Stadt. Wer will kann mit einer weiteren Seilbahn noch weiter hoch hinaus um dort den botanischen Garten zu besuchen...
    Eine Fahrt kostet 11€ pro Person
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  • Day40

    Mycket besvär för en glass...

    March 14, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Först måste man åka upp på ett högt berg... sen ska man titta på en gammal kyrka och sen åka släde jättefort nerför halva berget... lite läskigt, men kul, sen taxi resten, då blir man trött. Sen får man glass! 👍Read more

  • Day13

    13. Tag: Monte

    October 15, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Wir waren an der „Igreja Nossa Senhora do. Monte“. Hier ist auch das Grab des 1922 im Exil verstorbenen letzten Habsburger Kaisers von Österreich.

    Nach einer kleinen Stärkung starten wir eine 2,5 stündige Erkundungstour durch den „Jardim Tropical Monte Palast“. Es handelt sich hier um einen der schönsten Botanischen Gärten in der Welt.

    Fazit: Monte ist immer eine Tagestour wert und der Botanische Garten auf jeden Fall. Die Fahrt mit dem Bus ist besser und deutlich preiswerter als mit der Seilbahn.

    Editiert am 19.11.2017
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  • Day8


    December 22, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Na plane boli dve atrakcie. Rano ist na mestsky trh a odtial do Tropickej botanickej zahrady v kopcoch nad mestom. Vystartovali sme nasim tatosom a zaparkovali v garazi v strede mesta. Trh bol cez ulicu. Vsade sa tlacia mali portugalci, prekrikuju, ochutnavaju, zjednavaju. Vsetci nakupuju na sviatky cerstvu zeleninu a ryby. Na rybom trhu maju vsetko: prazmy, tuniaky, chobotnice a hlavne scabbard fish. Musia tu rybarom skakat do clnov.

    Odist z blizkej garaze bolo celkom narocne. Ludia sa tlacili, auta stali, vsetci sa prekrikovali. Ach tyto juzania.

    Cesta do botanickej bol prvy kontakt s realnou dopravnou situaciou. Doteraz sme jazdili len po meste peknymi sirokymi cestami. Ale dostat sa nad mesto do kopcov je ako z Četnikov zo Saint Tropez. Cesty bez stredovej ciary a vsetci tam jazdia ako Funes. Same serpentiny a 30% stupania alebo klesania. Ale zvladli sme to.

    Po vyletoch sme do vecera odpocivali pri bazenoch s caipirinhou.
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  • Day5

    Jardim Tropical de Monte

    November 23, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Der 70.000 m² große botanische Garten in Funchal.
    Der ist wirklich richtig richtig wunderbar traumhaft schön 🤓😛 gestaltet!

    Wir sind mit der Seilbahn hoch gefahren (letztes Bild).

You might also know this place by the following names:

Monte Palace Botanical Garden, Jardin tropical Monte palace, Jardim Tropical Monte Palace