Funchal: Monte


Hello my dear friends and blog leaders, this time Bom Dia from the beautiful island of Madeira! Together with Radek, we are going to explore Madeira for a week. It is an autonomous region of Portugal, well known for its mild climate, subtropical vegetation and a very rich history and culture. Madeira is located in the Atlantic Ocean, west of Africa.


It is a volcanic island, with  rugged mountains and high cliffs. SATA airlines offer regular flights from Toronto to Madeira, but you have to change planes in Ponta Delgada, the capital of the Azores.


We start our trip in Monte, the suburbs of Funchal. Monte was developed in the late 18th century as a healthy retreat area from the smells, noises and commercial activities of the town of Funchal. Beautiful villas and mansions were built here. For me, the most beautiful aspect of Monte are the gardens and parks, it is a paradise for all those who love nature.


Our hotel is in a 18th century mansion, Quinta do Monte, surrounded by beautiful terraced grounds.







At the heart of the garden is the beautiful Baroque chapel of the Quinta do Monte. The terrace behind the chapel offers amazing view of the city of Funchal and of the ocean.



Monte is dominated by the church of Nossa Senhore do Monte, inaugurated in 1818.







Tomorrow, we will visit another amazing park in Monte and we will take the cable car to Funchal. Thank you for traveling with us!


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  1. Chandra
    March 9, 2019 at 6:37 pm — Reply

    Wow incredible!!

    • March 10, 2019 at 3:10 pm — Reply

      Big hugs for my Chandra!

  2. Sheena
    March 9, 2019 at 7:16 pm — Reply

    Wow! Joanna! It’s akways fun to travel with you on your blog! Enjoy!

    • March 10, 2019 at 3:07 pm — Reply

      Thank you Sheena!

  3. Pamela Roth
    March 9, 2019 at 10:04 pm — Reply

    So wonderful Joanna. I am pleased to see you and your husband sharing another tgrip.

    • March 10, 2019 at 3:09 pm — Reply

      Thank you Pam, I am glad we are always in touch through this blog. Be healthy and strong!

  4. March 10, 2019 at 1:26 pm — Reply

    WOW. It looks so beautiful and your photos are top notch.

    • March 10, 2019 at 3:09 pm — Reply

      Thank you Basienko! After all you are my graphic designer!

  5. Christina
    March 11, 2019 at 9:08 am — Reply

    You’ve captured the stunning beauty of the island Joanna! Look at God’s amazing creation! Paradise is found

  6. Alda and Sanna
    March 11, 2019 at 6:50 pm — Reply

    madeira sao miguel all sooo beautiful enjoy. More to come and discover.

    • March 13, 2019 at 1:18 pm — Reply

      You would feel at home here Alda!

  7. Bozena Stoch
    March 11, 2019 at 9:55 pm — Reply

    Raj na ziemi. A kosciol jak w Polsce.

    • March 13, 2019 at 1:19 pm — Reply

      Dzieki za komentarze Bozenko, koscioly jak w Portugali i na Azorach, zawsze okazale.

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