Locals have been tearing down the hill from Monte to Funchal in wicker toboggans for years. And Ernest Hemingway reckoned it was the ‘most exhilarating experience’ of his life. So, if you’re up for a sled ride with a difference, climb in. The finish line is about two kilometres away. As for the brakes, be sure to thank your ‘drivers’, or Carreiros de Monte – they use their rubber-soled shoes to slow you down.