Pico dos Barcelos is an observation point above Funchal where the locals meet on New Year's Eve to watch the fireworks. When we were there was a man playing pan pipes.
After Pico dos Barcelos we drove up some very winding roads to Eira do Serrado overlooking the village of Curral das Freiras which is also known as the Valley of the Nuns. Some of the pictures are a little hazy due to wildfires on the west coast of Madeira.
Our next experience was the "toboggan ride" at Monte which was originally a fast means of transport down to Funchal for people living in Monte. The toboggan sledges appeared around 1850. The sledges are now used by tourists for an exciting experience of sliding at high speed on narrow, winding streets from Monte down to Funchal. The two-seater wicker sledges glide on wooden runners, pushed and steered by two men traditionally dressed in white cotton clothes and a straw hat, using their rubber-soled boots as brakes. The downhill journey is made in about 10 minutes on a total course of 2 km, reaching at times a speed of 48 km/hour.
This is a picture I took of a slower part of the ride on the way down. This bit was slow because we were crossing roads with normal traffic on.
This photo of a picture shows myself and Leslie, another woman on my Madeira tour, arriving in Livramento after our "toboggan ride" from Monte.
After our adventurous, yet safe, "toboggan ride" we then took a very smooth ride in the cable car back up to Monte.