The most interesting way to reach Monte is on the cable car from the Zona Velha, a major engineering project completed in 2000. The 20-minute ride above the red rooftops, banana trees and plunging gorges of Funchal is an unforgettable experience but definitely not one for vertigo sufferers. The swaying cabins deliver visitors to Barbosas, a short walk from Monte's sights. Nearby another less-frequented cable car heads across to the botanical gardens.