Monte

Monte is a beautiful village, a few kilometres north of the capital Funchal, where many wealthy people have built their houses (Quintas) to flee the heat of the city.

The village square, with some tall trees that provide cooling in summer, is really fairy-like. A small walk up brings you to the church, the Nossa Senhora do Monte, which has been built in the 15th century. At Assumption (August 15) there is a festival, culminating in the adoration of a small statue of Mary in the church.

Below the church square, you see men walking in sailor suits. This is at least misleaing. (This is fake). They are the drivers of the Toboggans, a sort of wooden sledges, in which they slide tourists, amidst the traffic, downward into Funchal (in order to sell them a taxi to get back upwards again).

Also well worth a visit is the Jardim do Monte Palace Tropical, which thirty years ago was re-built.