In the Monte, you will be able to find a traditional form of transport, known as, Monte Sledges. The Monte Sledges are made of wicker and are powered by two sledge drivers called “Carreiros”.
The Monte sledge is powered down the steep slope that connects the Monte with Funchal, giving locals and tourists an adrenaline rush and an unforgettable experience unlike any other in the world.
The Monte Sledges appeared in 1850 and are still used up to this very day, attracting thousands of tourists every year.
The Sledge drivers dress in their traditional clothing that consists of white cotton clothes and a hat made of straw, also they use rubber soled boots, so that they are able stop the sledge when necessary.
The course has a length of 2km and takes a total of 10 minutes to reach Funchal. The Monte Sledge can reach speeds up to 48km/hour. The Monte Sledges will give an adventurous, but safe journey down the steep slope.
The Monte Sledges are located at the bottom of the stairs that lead to the church of Our Lady of Monte.
If going to Funchal by the Monte Sledge from the Monte, then you could use the Madeira Cable Car. And don´t forget that Madeira Rural has available various accommodations in the Monte and Funchal.
Madeira Rural wishes you the best on your journey on the Monte Sledges and hope you enjoy your stay here in the tropical Madeira Island.