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Taking the cable car to Monte

We were told before we went to Madeira that one of the 'must do' things was to take the cable car from Funchal up to Monte. So we did it. It takes approximately 15 minutes, is 3,718m long and has a vertical rise of 560m

 

I'm not a great fan of looking down over big drops, but snapping the scenery with my camera helped overcome the apprehension. The views were certainly worth the experience.

 

Looking down on the roof tops of Funchal, with the harbour in the distance.

 

Still sunny here, but as we approached Monte we ascended into cloud. Not ideal because the main reason for visiting was to spend time in the Monte Palace Tropical Garden - and dull and gloomy really didn't show the gardens in their best light.

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Taken on July 30, 2012