Funchal Market & Toboggan Botanical Gardens Tour
Visit a local market, the statue of Christ and more!
Group of 1 to 4 People: 75€
Group of 5 to 8 People: 95€
- 3.5 hours
- The Funchal Market excursion starts with the pickup from your Cruiseship. Funchal's Vibrant main market, the Mercado dos Lavradores, sells a colorful array of fish, exotic fruits and local crafts. Housed in a yellow building covered with tiles, it was designed in the 1930s by Edmundo Tavares. Flower sellers in traditional island costumes have populated the entrance to the market.
- At Monte Toboggan you can slide in a wicker basket mounted on wooden runners, it is possible to cover the 2 km (1 mile) descent from Monte to Funchal in 10 Minutes. This Trip is made by thousands of people every year, they are fascinated by the experience of traveling at high speed down a public highway on a wooden sled.
Ernest Hemingway once described it as "exhilarating". A cushioned seat softens the ride, and passengers are in the safe hands of the toboggan drivers, who push and steer from the rear, using their rubber-soled boots as brakes.
Madeiran Tobogganing was invented as a form of transportation in 1850.
Tickets for this are the following:
Single Person: 25€
Two Persons: 30€
Three Persons: 40€
Surrounded by the mountains in the North and the ocean in the South, in Funchal amphitheater, the botanical garden of Madeira is about 3km (1.86 miles) from the city center.
Garajau is Portuguese for tern and the village is named after the attractive black-headed seabirds. Garajau's prominent landmark is the huge statue of Christ, which was erected in 1927. It is a replica of the Christ, in Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon. It offers fine views of Funchal and of passing cruises heading for the harbor.
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