The Monte sledges! an extreme ride since 1850!

“Come see the iconic “carros de cestos”, Monte sledges, typical transportation that takes you along 2km in 10 minutes!

The Monte sledges appeared in 1850, when they were the fastest way to travel between the Monte and the Madeira main capital. As time passed this traditional trip became an overwhelming and breath taking tourist attraction.

Two “carreiros” drive the cars between Monte and Livramento, using their shoes as brakes to stop this unique form of transportation.

This trip downhill has become almost a must to all those who visit the island. It’s a different way to get to know in fist hand a traditional mean of transportation made of wicker basket and attached on wooden skates, a kind of cushioned wicker sleigh.
Come to Madeira and experience this unique sensation, all year round!”


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