The festive spirit spread all over town, with amusement parks popping up in the center and art installations or what have you, I'm not really sure what to call it but there were THINGS and we walked INTO THEM like this cool jawn:
Both of the gardens I've shared are located to the east of the city center, and they're both up Monte Funchal. And when they say Monte, they mean Monte, as in, the top of a mountain. All of Madeira is very, shall we say, bumpy, so you need to plan how you get to the outskirts of the city center. We took a local bus to the Jardim Botanico, and it was a harrowing journey. It's bad enough when you're trying to navigate those super narrow cliff-face roads going round and round and round and hoping no opposing traffic comes. It's worse when you are doing this on a big public bus. Man alive!
Happily, we had a different plan for the Tropically Monty, as I call my new fave place. Funchal has a cable car, and it goes from the center directly to the grounds of the Tropical Monte Palace! We love a good cable car or funicular, but this one is EXTRA. Funchal's teleferico, as its called, is one of the longest ones in the world, with a ride over the gorge of 15 minutes! It doesn't sound like a whole lot but it feels like a whole lot when you are that high about mountain crevices. Luckily the views distracted me from the impending sense of doom.
At the top of the Monte Palace (Monty Hall?) there's a cafe and fortunately the only thing I could make out was vegan is also the best thing: fried semolina wedges. It was the perfect little snack before all the gardening.