Monte Toboggan Ride

Monte Toboggan Ride: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Funchal: Nuns Valley, Monte and Sleigh Ride Tour

1. From Funchal: Nuns Valley, Monte and Sleigh Ride Tour

Depart Funchal and journey to the Pico dos Barcelos to experience one of Madeira's unique viewpoints. Get a breathtaking view of all points of the island, before making your way up to Eira do Serrado. Admire the surrounding chestnut trees and eucalyptus plants of the natural wonderland. The ancient footpaths are still used by locals and tourists, and the narrow road and tunnels can still be seen.  From an altitude of 1,094 meters above sea level, see across to the Nuns Valley. Isolated from the rest of the island, the Nuns Valley is surrounded by lava rock and takes its name from the nuns that once inhabited the valley as they fled from pirate attacks during the 16th century. Try some traditional chestnut cake and pastries only found in the region, along with different traditional liquors. Then, go to Monte, one of Madeira´s old tourist stops, and visit the church where the tomb of the Emperor Charles I of Austria can be found.  Add a little adventure to the day and enjoy an unforgettable 2-kilometer toboggan ride down the old road of Livramento, where the bus will pick you up at the bottom.

Funchal: Monte Experience by Tuk-Tuk

2. Funchal: Monte Experience by Tuk-Tuk

Departing from Funchal, you will take a 20-minute climb by tuk tuk to Monte. With an altitude of 585 meters above sea level, this is bound to be both a fun and scenic trip. Being a village at a high altitude, Monte of course offers several stunning views over the surrounding region. Upon arrival, you can buy the tickets before starting your descent down the mountain in a "basket cart". The process of descending in a basket cart, which has over 100 years of history, consists of a thrilling 2-kilometer descent. Bound to be an experience you will never forget, your basket-cart ride will soon have you safely at the bottom of the mountain. Your driver/guide will be at the end of the trip waiting for you, at which point you will return to the city.

Funchal: Monte Tropical Garden & Toboggan Ride by Tuk Tuk

3. Funchal: Monte Tropical Garden & Toboggan Ride by Tuk Tuk

Feel the thrill of riding by Tuk Tuk around the stunning Monte Tropical Garden. Begin in Funchal city and head towards the mountains. Arrive in Monte Palace Madeira and enjoy a cup of coffee. Explore over 70,000 square meters of exotic plants and breathe in the beautiful ambience of the garden. Uncover one of the most exciting and wonderful places Madeira has to offer. Begin the trip in the Old Town in Funchal city, a main tourist attraction full of fun stories and curious facts. Venture to the mountains up to Monte city. Feel mesmerized by the lovely plants, and visit one of the most popular churches on the island, Monte's church. Learn of the day of Lady of Monte, the most attended feast on Madeira Island all year. Take your time at the Monte Palace Madeira, adored for its facinating and immense garden. Take photos, relax, enjoy some coffee, and prepare to get lost in the nature of the garden grounds. Visit the central lake and marvel at local swans, ducks, peacocks, and chickens. Enter the Monte Palace Madeira Museum and explore the three floors filled with sculptures, history, and a unique mineral collection. End the tour at a legendary charm of the island, the famous Monte Toboggan. Enjoy the thrilling ride down the hill, the way the locals used to.

Funchal: Monte Tuk Tuk Tour to the Toboggans

4. Funchal: Monte Tuk Tuk Tour to the Toboggans

Pick up at your hotel or another location of your choice in one of our tuk tuks with an experienced Guide that will lead you through all the tour, explaining everything you need to know. A completely private experience in a funny vehicle. It will start with a brief explanation of what will be the entire tour and what you will see and do during the 1.5 hours tour. Experience the tobbogan ride with a tuk tuk tour from Funchal to Monte, stopping at the viewpoint with an amazing city view and having a chance to visit Monte's well known Church. The toboggan ride is something mandatory to visit when you visit Madeira. You will enjoy the ride going down from Monte to Funchal. It will stop in a place where the tuk tuk will be waiting for you to drive you back. (We are not responsible if the toboggans stop working, due to weather conditions)

Madeira: Monte Sightseeing Tour & Toboggan Sled Ride

5. Madeira: Monte Sightseeing Tour & Toboggan Sled Ride

Take a tour beyond the extraordinary with the Monte Toboggans Sled. Visitors from all over the world use this transport seeking a ride full of emotions and adrenaline. Embark on an unforgettable adventure ride with splendid views over the city. Begin the tour with a walk around the parish of Monte in the hills of Funchal. Visit the Largo da Fonte, a stunning square with its beautiful gardens from where you'll see the old train station. Learn about the history of the iconic sled that was used as a traditional form of public transportation by local residents in the 19th century. Continue the walking tour to see the beautiful church of Monte where the tomb of the last Austro-Hungarian emperor is located. In the end, it's time to take a fun downhill ride with the Toboggan sled to Funchal city.

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What people are saying about Monte Toboggan Ride

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 387 reviews

Luis was very proactive before our tour started and made it clear that the price for the toboggan ride was not included. We started the tour a little later which helped with avoiding the queue for the toboggan ride - when a cruise ship is in town it gets busy. We had a fabulous time on the tuk tuk ride and Luis’ narration and flexibility was superb - it was a great personalised tour. The recommendations given were appreciated and we especially liked being dropped off at The King of Ponchas where we managed to enjoy the Regional and Passionfruit Ponchas for a very fair price. We would definitely look to use again when we go back to Funchal.

Great trip. A bit late being picked up from the hotel but the great trip made up for the small inconvenience. Gondola ride from Monte was fabulous. What an experience. Then up to the mountains and then down to Nuns Valley. Beautiful scenery and very informative guide. We’ll worth it.

Great trip combining Monte, sleigh ride and breathtaking Nuns Valley. Stopped off all points in addition to a village in Nuns Valley. Great support and commentary from our guide, with pickups and dropoffs at our hotel included. Great trip, fully recommended.

What a wonderful experience with the Tobbogan. You should definitely do it if you go to Madeira. And a nice trip to the Nun Valley. All under the good guidance of Tony, who speaks several languages.

Andrea was amazing! So knowledgeable and very patient with us getting back to the Tuk. The ride was smith and timely. Highly recommend this service.