Attractions Basket sledding in tropical temperatures One of Madeira’s unique means of transport can be tested in Funchal’s villa suburb of Monte: a ride on a basket sled. A wicker sofa on wooden runners is pulled by the carreiros, wicker sled drivers dressed in white, over narrow and steeply sloping asphalt roads. They skilfully maneuver the vehicle for kilometers downhill between walls and gardens to Funchal. You race towards the capital with considerable speed. It’s an experience like no other….