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The “Carreiros” toboggans from Monte to Funchal

The tradition of using toboggans dates from 1850; since then, tourists have been taken down from Terreiro da Luta or Monte to Funchal by two strong men busily steering and breaking the vehicle. About 150 men offer this service with 194 toboggans, nowadays only on the stretch from Monte to Funchal. A trip costs 12.50 euros per person, and a lot of experience and training is needed to avoid stubbing someone’s toes or a car on the way. This is unique in Portugal, and recently the State Secretary of Tourism honored the Association of the “Carreiros” in Lisbon with a medal for keeping this nice tradition alive.




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