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Downhill, on a couch, on public roads.

  • Publicado em 24 Abr 2022
  • The Monte Toboggans, in Funchal on the island of Madeira, are wicker sofas: a bit like the gondolas of Venice, only you're going downhill in regular traffic. More about them: www.carreirosdomonte.com/
    Producer: Aitken Pearson firecrestindependent.com
    Assistant Producer: Elsa Gouveia
    Camera: Elton Cantoni
    Editor: Dave Stevenson davestevenson.co.uk
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Comentários • 2 241

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  5 meses atrás +13267

    I'm not sure if I need to add a "don't try this at home" disclaimer, but I will anyway: in the event you have your own wicker sofa, please don't speed down a hill in it.

    • Demid Onopchenko
      Demid Onopchenko 7 dias atrás

      Noted indeed

    • kitzz
      kitzz 12 dias atrás

      @jekblom123 😧

    • jekblom123
      jekblom123 12 dias atrás

      You can't tell me what to do.

    • kitzz
      kitzz 17 dias atrás

      ruins my plans for the day!

    • Danish Sharma 03
      Danish Sharma 03 18 dias atrás

      Why should we not its been a creative thing actually

  • cessactdm
    cessactdm 5 meses atrás +9604

    I'm actually from Madeira (Porto Santo Island, the little yellow island next to Madeira Island) and you can't imagine my sheer excitement that you were here and found this tourist attraction good enough for a video. thank you so much for the publicity and recognition. love your videos.

    • Zach Sheffee
      Zach Sheffee 2 meses atrás

      Tourist attraction? You mean the locals never want to do this?

    • Tomás Gomes
      Tomás Gomes 4 meses atrás

      Vai dormir

    • Simao_Graphics
      Simao_Graphics 4 meses atrás

      Ainda estou surpreendido que ele gravou um vídeo aqui haha!

    • João Costa
      João Costa 4 meses atrás

      Porto Santo has the best beaches

    • TheBrickGuy7939
      TheBrickGuy7939 4 meses atrás

      Definitely worth documenting.

  • Captainslow
    Captainslow 5 meses atrás +1365

    Something interesting, that you didn‘t mention (and I learned it by driving up the exact road you drove down), in Madeira is right-hand traffic, however due to these rides, this specific 2km of road is left-hand drive, so theres just an intersection with a sign saying „From now on left hand drive“

    • Josh Young
      Josh Young 4 dias atrás

      Why do they need to switch sides for the rides?

    • Josh Young
      Josh Young 4 dias atrás

      @Sonosus ... on 2 km of road that temporarily switches sides? You know that happens every day in every city when there's construction, right? There's some going on near my house right now. There's normally an island down the center, and right now all traffic is on one side of the island for a good while. That would not make a good video at all. Sorry.

    • Faith
      Faith 6 dias atrás

      Probably due to the grease as well, hard to drive up. but thats cool tho!

    • GaborBartal
      GaborBartal Mês atrás +2

      Wow, exactly the type of thing Tom would say in his videos :D just random bits of facts, amazing

    • Ptas Ptasznick
      Ptas Ptasznick Mês atrás +2

      Also the asphalt is so slippery that if you drive up and want to turn through tobbogan lane it's advisable to gather speed and go fast. If you stop on it you'll have a hard time moving off from there.

  • masterjacke20
    masterjacke20 5 meses atrás +1206

    As a portuguese, with family in madeira, I'm extremely thrilled to see this on your page! Thank you Tom!

    • Manimanocas
      Manimanocas 4 meses atrás

      @Slurples the population is mostly at Funchal

    • Manimanocas
      Manimanocas 4 meses atrás

      Same boat

    • AndREEEEE
      AndREEEEE 5 meses atrás +3

      Caralho moment

    • Slurples
      Slurples 5 meses atrás +3

      It must be expensive to live there since your on a far off island with a high population

    • Francisco Tavares
      Francisco Tavares 5 meses atrás +2

      @Diogo 1500 A tua casa é famosa carago!

  • Captain even slower
    Captain even slower 5 meses atrás +653

    Throughout this whole video I thought "neat idea, but it must suck to haul that thing back up this steep mountain" and then I got gently reminded that lorries exist.

    • Captain even slower
      Captain even slower 3 meses atrás +4

      @Kirstine Guldager Madsen I figured, but the whole ordeal looks so ancient that I was led to believe that they still do that.

    • Divaagar Pavalakumar
      Divaagar Pavalakumar 3 meses atrás +6

      @antiphon its lorry

    • Lurus01
      Lurus01 4 meses atrás +23

      @antiphon Its the British term for just about anything one would call a truck in the US.
      "A motorized wheeled land vehicle, esp. a large one, with a cab for the driver and a separate rear compartment for transporting freight; called truck in the U. S."

    • Jonas Tisell
      Jonas Tisell 4 meses atrás +8

      @antiphon Google? Its a trailer you attach to the car

    • antiphon
      antiphon 4 meses atrás +5

      wtf is a lorrie

  • skymotel2
    skymotel2 5 meses atrás +564

    I took this ride. It was great fun. It didn’t feel dangerous at all when you consider I had travelled to Madeira in a gravity defying metal tube miles up in the sky.

    • B
      B 2 meses atrás +1

      @DaveDexterMusic normal plane behavior

    • DaveDexterMusic
      DaveDexterMusic 2 meses atrás +2

      does the gravity defying metal tube in the sky often come within five feet of other metal tubes whilst defying gravity?

    • Liggliluff
      Liggliluff 5 meses atrás +28

      Except that flights have a lot of automated systems, heavily regulated, being monitored at all times, and keeping all planes separated. You don't overtake planes or come close to them.
      This is on a public road, with intersections. They can likely stop it quickly. But it's certainly not as safe as an airplane. Still looks rather safe, since the staff there is running it, and not letting the passengers go unsupervised.

    • FilipeGo
      FilipeGo 5 meses atrás +30

      Landing in Madeira with cross winds.. once you survive that, everything else is a walk in the park.

    • N Jones
      N Jones 5 meses atrás +15

      @Nick Sharpe A cat-C no less... one of 7 or 8 in Europe.

  • Simaoe
    Simaoe 5 meses atrás +4266

    As a Madeirian, I can confirm that I am absolutely chuffed to bits that TOM SCOTT did a video on our little island. Just Incredible

    • Someonelsethatidk_YT
      Someonelsethatidk_YT 5 dias atrás +1

      Oi tbm sou madeirense :)

    • 2feels
      2feels Mês atrás +1

      chuffed to bits 💀

    • ‌‌GeometryjumpFL
      ‌‌GeometryjumpFL Mês atrás +1


    • RITS0
      RITS0 2 meses atrás +1

      Having been on one of these on Holliday it’s an experience

    • Afonso Gouveia
      Afonso Gouveia 3 meses atrás +1

      Também, fico bem contente pela apreciação que a nossa ilha recebe! Grande vídeo!

  • FilipeGo
    FilipeGo 5 meses atrás +610

    My surprise seeing a Tom Scott video in my home town Funchal about the "carreiros do Monte". Hope you enjoyed your stay :) Bonus fun fact: Madeira has one of the biggest pyrotechnic shows in the world. The Madeiran tradition of letting off fireworks on New Year’s Eve began during the 18th century, when the British community living on the island had their own fireworks displays to mark the new year. A century later, the Madeiran banker João José Rodrigues Leitão resurrected the tradition, and from then on the island’s wealthiest families began to compete with each other with their displays, leading to a pyrotechnic display that could be seen from far and wide. In 2006 this show gained international recognition when the Guinness Book of Records officially recognised it as “the world’s largest fireworks display”.

    • JW2
      JW2 Mês atrás

      I was surprised to see him in my home town, in one of his videos a few years ago. (There again he HAS been all over England)

    • AwesomeGaming26
      AwesomeGaming26 5 meses atrás +10

      I've been only a few times for new years (from madeira but live in england) and it's absolutely incredible

    • Zeruzio
      Zeruzio 5 meses atrás +20

      Loving all these locals coming out of the woodwork to share fun facts about the area.

    • Ben Hutchinson
      Ben Hutchinson 5 meses atrás +17

      Nice! Tom get down there again for New Years!!

  • sqwoodle
    sqwoodle 5 meses atrás +419

    I refuse to believe all the gondolas successfully made it back up the hill. No one pulled on a ratchet strap and said that's not going anywhere

    • Frodo
      Frodo 2 meses atrás

      @izabeau1953 Woosh

    • Lucas Duque
      Lucas Duque 3 meses atrás

      Tuck them in the ute mate

    • Violet Steele
      Violet Steele 4 meses atrás

      Where in the Midwest y'fromm

    • Jaime Stubbs
      Jaime Stubbs 4 meses atrás


    • ZipplyZane
      ZipplyZane 5 meses atrás

      @izabeau1953 Now, sure. But apparently this came from an older practice.

  • Peter Sousa Lennon
    Peter Sousa Lennon 5 meses atrás +164

    My grandfather use to work there and this melted my heart, I really appreciated this video thanks Tom!

  • Ministry of Magic: Department of Mysteries

    Tom is just living his best life and I'm here for it.

  • DanielBoeFlex
    DanielBoeFlex 5 meses atrás +51

    Really neat that the toboggans seem to have polished the asphalt itself, you can see reflections in it at several point in the video, like at 1:53 for example.

    • Miles Edgeworth
      Miles Edgeworth Mês atrás +1

      I think that's the grease.

    • michelritsema
      michelritsema Mês atrás

      I have been on these road and didn't notice tbh. But i haven't been there when it rains.

    • Brendan Beckett
      Brendan Beckett 4 meses atrás +6

      Wouldn't that make them slippery for cars?

  • lunavixen015
    lunavixen015 5 meses atrás +52

    That looks insanely fun!
    If I ever get the chance to travel there I want to do this!

  • Zebraworm1265
    Zebraworm1265 5 meses atrás +38

    I took a vacation to Madeira in 2018 and got to experience this. It was honestly one of the most fun things I have ever done!

  • guilhermek32
    guilhermek32 5 meses atrás +73

    Here in Brazil we have something similar called "Carrinho de rolimã" where you get on a wooden cart and go down the streets in a similar way. I wonder if they are related! As always nice video Tom.

    • Frau Fuchs
      Frau Fuchs Mês atrás +1

      @Tiago Gomes in Brazil it's also used just for fun by kids. I've never seen an adult using it.

    • Tiago Gomes
      Tiago Gomes 3 meses atrás +2

      This Cars have no wheels and the steering is made by the pilots pushing or braking their side of the car.
      They have very few in common with the "carrinho de rolimã" wich also exists in Portugal and is used just for fun mostly by kids

    • The weakest brazilian male
      The weakest brazilian male 4 meses atrás +5

      @Logan André Müller "Eu estou aqui, sendo roubado em são paulo, um dos mais comuns passa tempos da cidade"

    • Logan André Müller
      Logan André Müller 5 meses atrás +8

      Ta faltando um video do Tom no Brasil

    • matheus
      matheus 5 meses atrás +9

      Pensei na mesma coisa quando ouvi o som do sofá descendo. Ia ser daora botar o Tom pra descer um ladeirão de asfalto tendo só a fé como segurança kkkk

  • Philippa
    Philippa 5 meses atrás +14

    Oh my gosh I loved doing this as a kid, I have a distinct memory of one of the guys pushing my sofa losing his hat halfway down, highlight of the holiday! Epic 😁

  • Wills
    Wills 5 meses atrás +37

    I remember doing this while I was on holiday, it was so much fun, the guys who took us down were a good laugh aswell, really made it a good memory

  • everywone
    everywone 5 meses atrás +12

    I'm actually amazed no one's proclaimed the magic phrase for every video of a Portuguese endeavor explored and explained by a foreigner, so here it goes:

  • Alexandre Dias
    Alexandre Dias 5 meses atrás +6

    Next video on levadas is my bet.
    Now used as tourist attractions, walks always accompanied with a little water path, but it was made to transport water from the north side (where it rained a lot), to the south where the sun was out and crops could grow faster.
    Also Poço das Neves, a 'iglo fridge' used to produce ice for the English hotels downtown in Funchal. The ice blocks would be transported in these types of carts down the streets 1.8km up

  • Olympus
    Olympus 5 meses atrás +5151

    Ah, so this WASNT just some fever dream!
    I’ve always had a memory of sliding down a hill on a chair/couch/sofa in a warm place, but could never recall more than that. Suddenly, with this video, it’s all clicked back into place!

    • δτ
      δτ 4 meses atrás

      @BeActive Behappy Be my guest (it's not my invention anyway).
      It _is_ a great term.
      Losing oneself in virtual worlds, i. e. phantasy, leads you astray in spite of all theoretical knowledge you may have.

    • BeActive Behappy
      BeActive Behappy 4 meses atrás +1

      @δτ I like the word terminally online. Think I will borrow that

    • BeActive Behappy
      BeActive Behappy 4 meses atrás

      @Olympus I never went to Madeira, heck I didn’t even know that this sofa thing existed there as a tourist ride. But I still remember dreaming about this stuff probably because I saw it in some anime movie sequence when I was 10 or something. Not clear memory but it is what it is

    • Teya Aelita Hopper
      Teya Aelita Hopper 4 meses atrás

      That's the question with childhood memories.

    • δτ
      δτ 5 meses atrás +4

      @beth12svist You're right, one could still compare Madeira to other cheap places and avoid that misjudgment.
      Alternatively, they could also be terminally online and left-leaning, jumping at an opportunity to point out privilege without thinking again.

  • MeloMemories
    MeloMemories 4 meses atrás +1

    I’ve wanted to do this since seeing it a few years ago. If there’s ever an opening for admin or finance support on tom’s team, I’d apply in an instant. What a fun team to work for.

  • Whatcha
    Whatcha 5 meses atrás +7

    Já tive o previlégio de experênciar isto, é simplesmente expetacular e recomendo a todos os que tiverem a oportunidade.

  • nightwolfMKT
    nightwolfMKT 5 meses atrás +5

    I've been on this! It's a lot of fun, and not really something you could do anywhere else in the world since Funchal is one big hill.

  • Calypso
    Calypso 3 meses atrás

    As a Madeiran, I love to see other people appreciating our culture!

  • Kari Bellamy
    Kari Bellamy 5 meses atrás +1938

    I was one of those tourists that didn't research things to do in Madiera, and didn't know this was a thing until I saw them flying past me on the street... it was a definitely a "what the actual F**k?!" moment

    • Cannell of Glory
      Cannell of Glory 5 meses atrás +8

      This video has completely destroyed the possibility of that ever happening to me. Madeira has been on my list of places to go to.

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 5 meses atrás +2

      @My Lyfe "Say Madeira!"

    • ToyKeeper
      ToyKeeper 5 meses atrás +8

      It looks like a lot of fun. Will definitely have to try it if I ever get the chance.

    • seth
      seth 5 meses atrás +12

      Same. I do regret not trying it once we saw it, though!

    • Vatharian
      Vatharian 5 meses atrás +30

      @My Lyfe I CAN'T SLOW DOWN!!!

  • Wolforce
    Wolforce 5 meses atrás +2

    I was wondering when you were going there! Hope you had a chance to visit the rest of the island and meet some of the very hospitable Portuguese! Cheers from Portugal.

  • Anthony Edward Cooper
    Anthony Edward Cooper 4 meses atrás

    Impressed, especially at how smooth the tarmac looked on the roads. Certainly couldn't do that in the UK with our pot hole ridden roads!

  • LWmusik
    LWmusik 5 meses atrás +2

    Oh this brings back memories, went on a madeira couch ride when I was 5 years old. Super scary and really fun

  • Miloh Johnson
    Miloh Johnson 5 meses atrás +1

    This is wild! Thank you for sharing something I might not have ever seen otherwise

  • JD's Variety Channel - Treasure Quest Chronicles

    If this wasn't such an elaborate operation I would think it was satire. King Tom Scott has a good ring to it!

    • Ross
      Ross 5 meses atrás

      A satire of what?

    • Stoned Madness
      Stoned Madness 5 meses atrás

      Madeira became one of the most known islands in germany since a german streamer (ungespielt) moved there ( probably because the big difference in taxes^^ )

    • Cricket England
      Cricket England 5 meses atrás +2

      It’s just something out of “Last of the Summer Wine”

    • sailaab
      sailaab 5 meses atrás +1

      Ned Ludd 😁 it does

    • God Anibal
      God Anibal 5 meses atrás

      I thought the same until the day I was going downhill in a basket in a regular road
      It was fun

  • L T
    L T 5 meses atrás +1

    Your reactions reminded me of when you used the emergency exit on the wind turbine. Except you couldn't remind yourself of the ropes keeping you safe 🤣. That being said, that looked incredibly fun and now I have to do it too someday.

  • James Pink
    James Pink 3 meses atrás

    Fantastic, we have done that!!! Brilliant/crazy fun... Absolutely unforgettable ride down some silly gradients that cross other roads (all completely safe because the guys shout)! The tarmac is shiny they have been doing it so long. Put your brain in a safe place and do it!

  • Ruben S.
    Ruben S. 5 meses atrás

    Madeira has been one of the most amazing places I've ever been, still have really fond memories of it

  • CyberYoyo
    CyberYoyo 5 meses atrás +1

    I predict Tom's other videos from Madeira will be of their insanely brilliant irrigation system; and their utterly insane airport...

  • Justin Finkelstein
    Justin Finkelstein 3 meses atrás +1

    One of your best yet, Tom! Well done :)

  • Delita Caburé
    Delita Caburé 5 meses atrás +3

    To muito a fim de ir nesse lugar em Portugal!
    I'm dying to go to this place in Portugal! :D

  • Tim Chuma
    Tim Chuma 5 meses atrás +2

    The camera makes stuff look a lot less steep too. Go down The Esses at Mount Panorama (you can it is a public road on non-race days) and you will see how steep it is.

  • Naomi and Corvin
    Naomi and Corvin Mês atrás +1

    Now my next question is, did the team film this before or after Tom tackled the roller coasters? 😁

  • William Shreckengost
    William Shreckengost 4 meses atrás +1

    That looks like it could be a really fun job. I'm just imagining getting used to the other stuff and just being left with running down a long hill while trying not to go "WHEEEEEEEEE" every time.

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    ] ginock [ 5 meses atrás +1

    I'd love to see them try to bring this to the UK.

  • Alexander Nico
    Alexander Nico 5 meses atrás

    Really interesting stuff Tom I always learn something from your videos 👍

  • MariusMusty
    MariusMusty 5 meses atrás

    I just ❤️ how more and more of Tom's videos have (lately) perfect-timing endings 🙂

  • Blackout Lol
    Blackout Lol 5 meses atrás +313

    Having to replace the soles of your shoes from running with a couch is the most hilarious problem I’ve ever heard brought up completely seriously.

    • brunoais
      brunoais 5 meses atrás +15

      @Tom O'Connor They actually are.

    • Tom O'Connor
      Tom O'Connor 5 meses atrás +67

      They actually look like their shoe soles are cut from old car tyres, which if that's the case, is phenomenal recycling.

    • Miguel Pires
      Miguel Pires 5 meses atrás +28

      I was actually shocked the soles of the shoes lasted that long, thought they would go through them in a couple of descents.

  • I Did It All For Tanooki
    I Did It All For Tanooki 5 meses atrás +7

    I sorta hoped for a bit more history to this!! How did such an unusual practice get started? Is it older than motor cars? If so, how did they return the toboggan to the top? Time to go digging, I 'spose!

    • Tiago Gomes
      Tiago Gomes 3 meses atrás +1

      Originally they were used to transport rich people, mostly English, from their Villas in the mountain to downtown Funchal.
      They pulled the cars uphill carring people inside.

  • Infinium
    Infinium 5 meses atrás

    I love your videos soo much, they really explore niche traditions and facts soo well!

  • Gamigem
    Gamigem 5 meses atrás

    Tom I don't know how you do it, but your video's are actually as well timed as possible, the toboggan car reaching the bottom of the hill as you were explaining it is just absolute genius

  • Suakeli
    Suakeli 5 meses atrás +1

    I'm so grateful to live in a country with snow where you can just use skis, sleds, snowboards and kicksleds without the hassle.

  • Lindsay Crouch
    Lindsay Crouch 5 meses atrás

    This looks amazing! Now I want to go there and try it for myself!

  • Dyfed Bowen
    Dyfed Bowen 5 meses atrás

    I went on these back in 2005. Frightening and awesome at the same time!

  • bigstyle4242
    bigstyle4242 5 meses atrás

    You continue to be the surprise highlight of my day with these random bits of neat stuff. Thank you.

  • Joshua Martin
    Joshua Martin 5 meses atrás

    Good, quality Tom Scott material right here. Thank you, Tom, for what you do.

  • Erin Pennington
    Erin Pennington 5 meses atrás +1060

    So this is legal in Madeira, but flying a kite in a public place in the UK is apparently too dangerous 😂

    • MaeLSTRoM1997
      MaeLSTRoM1997 2 meses atrás +1

      Kites are known to occasionally swoop down and hurl unprovoked rude insults upon random passer-by's

    • Jabber 1974
      Jabber 1974 4 meses atrás

      @Joecake Gamedev did the Daily Hate tell you that?🙄🙄🙄

    • Jabber 1974
      Jabber 1974 4 meses atrás

      You need to stop believing everything you read on the internet or in the Daily Hate. 🙄🙄🙄

    • Liggliluff
      Liggliluff 5 meses atrás +1

      Remember that "legal" often means "no one has thought of making it illegal".

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 5 meses atrás +1

      Laws never make sense. I mean, it's legal to operate a bar in a hovercraft without a license!

  • brianartillery
    brianartillery 5 meses atrás

    Nice one, Tom. I read about this many, many years ago, but have never seen it. Until now. It looks great fun. It seems to have polished the road surface, after many years of use, too. 👍👍👍

  • Chris Ashtear
    Chris Ashtear 5 meses atrás

    this looks fun as hell. Id love to try steering those things.

  • jessenic
    jessenic 5 meses atrás

    Seeing the thumbnail immediately brought back great memories from my week long vacation in Madeira over 15 years ago! 😃 I have to revisit one day!

  • May L
    May L 13 dias atrás

    I'm a bit surprised that such things still exists ! It's similar to the Cambridge's canal rides... Similar to Amsterdam's boat rides too. Really loved this video. Am also quite intrigued that they wear those plastic sole shoes.... now I get why so many good and decent shoes were from either Spain, or Portugual. In the UK there might be the odd occasion or other for Fresher's week.. and things, but this is lovely. Love the fact that it is a regular thing.

  • nova
    nova 5 meses atrás +908

    The ride doesn't go down back to the sea (only to about half way from the start), so you either have to walk (ca. one hour), take the bus (has a 10 minute cycle, €2), or a taxi. But beware that there are some taxi drivers who try take more than the fixed price of €10 (check the sign at the end station for the official price); make sure to ask for the price beforehand. The bus station is right next to the taxi line.
    The bus is also a good option to go uphill. The cable car is obviously a good tourist attraction, though.
    Also: You can save some money by sharing the ride with another person; there's a separate queue for single tourists.

    • nova
      nova 4 meses atrás +3

      @Paolo Sulprizio IIRC, 25€ for 1 person, 30€ for two (15€ each).

    • Paolo Sulprizio
      Paolo Sulprizio 4 meses atrás

      How much is a ride on the carts?

    • Chromal Variety Show
      Chromal Variety Show 5 meses atrás

      I walked down at the end and it really hurts the calves the day after

    • Apple Gal
      Apple Gal 5 meses atrás

      It would be free to walk it too if you're physically fit enough I guess too

    • William Koch
      William Koch 5 meses atrás +3

      @Hélder Tomás Ah, thanks for clarifying. I have a tendency to wonder about the economics of public transit in other places, since I know a part of the reason the local stuff is so poor is because we don't have the population density to pay for it.

  • Mimi Ja
    Mimi Ja 5 meses atrás +1

    Whelp, that.. is going on my very short list of places to vacation to one day. That looks amazing!

  • OXbanana
    OXbanana 5 meses atrás

    Me and my parents did this few years back, I was 6 years old, and I remembered it to be really scary and fun.

  • The Pseudo Force
    The Pseudo Force 5 meses atrás

    Tom Scott back to his olden days! Brings back the vibes of Two drums and a cymbal fall off a cliff

  • CyberChamp
    CyberChamp 5 meses atrás

    I have experienced these! It is one of the best tourist experiences I have done.

  • Sensay
    Sensay 5 meses atrás +410

    I've been living here in Madeira for 5 years now and known about the basket cars for ages yet never tried them, seeing how much fun Tom is having, I might have some plans for the weekend.

    • MysticHero
      MysticHero 5 meses atrás

      @Esa Edvik It´s cheap enough that many people build mansions and stuff there who probably couldn´t afford that in most other places. Though prices have gone up a lot in the past few decades.

    • brunoais
      brunoais 5 meses atrás +5

      @Esa Edvik In most of the Island (except the most contested part of Funchal, the capital) it's one of the cheapest places in EU. Both housing and prices. However, jobs also pay way less too. It's a good alternative to Algarve in the main land

    • aemarco
      aemarco 5 meses atrás +4

      definitely do!

    • Esa Edvik
      Esa Edvik 5 meses atrás +10

      What's it like moving there? How's the rent, if you do rent?

  • Alex Haan
    Alex Haan 5 meses atrás

    Awesome! You've posted this right in time! I hope to be going to Madeira soon!

  • a confused bat
    a confused bat 5 meses atrás

    I’ve been to Madeira several times and I’ve been on the toboggans every time and I love it.

  • Mees D
    Mees D 5 meses atrás

    I like that you can see that the road has worn away and gotten smooth from the wooden tobbogans too

  • Sam Wosha
    Sam Wosha 4 meses atrás

    Damn those videos on Madeira make me want to have a second trip there

  • TheAlexDekker
    TheAlexDekker 5 meses atrás

    Love seeing this, my mum's from Madeira and I've been on this a load of times when growing up, good fun!

  • blacktiger114
    blacktiger114 5 meses atrás

    It is amazing you went to an amazing place like Madeira. If you have time, check the rest of Portugal. Amazing things to see

  • jmancl12
    jmancl12 5 meses atrás

    I absolutely love everything about this and it is amazing. That view looked amazing in on the downhill also

  • Red Nefarious
    Red Nefarious 5 meses atrás

    I actually see it somewhat frequently in some areas. Though usually it's a full sized sofa, on a wooden or plastic wheel-pallet (no clue what you'd call it but you know what I mean) and sometimes, if they put enough forethought in, a braking system. Typically in more southern areas but I've seen this done in the Bay area of California and really any where with a lot of hills and little oversight. While just a guess Spokane seems like it's be all over this with the mix of suburbia and empty hilly country roads.
    Of course this isn't an organized legal tourist thing it's just what teenagers and country folk do on Saturday, typically drunk.
    As for using actual Toboggans I don't see em on the roads as often, but in more northern parts it feels par for the course. Likely more legal than the aforementioned couch surfing.

  • Nate River
    Nate River 5 meses atrás +680

    I love old traditions like this, it's one of the big things that makes travel and exploring worth doing. I hope the good people of Funchal can continue to do this forever.

    • M B
      M B 5 meses atrás

      @soundscape26 I was imagining more of the bureaucratic inertia. EU leans on governments, which lean on local councils, which decide to ban small events because they're "too dangerous" etc. Think cheese rolling.

    • soundscape26
      soundscape26 5 meses atrás

      @M B If they didn't by now they won't ever do it. I don't think the EU has much power over these local attractions anyway.

    • M B
      M B 5 meses atrás +2

      You can imagine how hard the EU is trying to legislate this out of existence so everywhere is the boring same.

    • Seratina
      Seratina 5 meses atrás +14

      @kakyoin donut321 the people who transported wood and the kids who thought it would be fun to ride it probably. They talk a little bit about how it started in the video

    • kakyoin donut321
      kakyoin donut321 5 meses atrás +4

      Who invented this? It's so stupid it's genius

  • mira gaia maia
    mira gaia maia 5 meses atrás

    i'm so glad to know you've been at Madeira and showed us that experience! i'm portuguese and i'm a little ashamed i've never been there. yet!

  • Frostyblade 88
    Frostyblade 88 5 meses atrás

    This reminds of a lot of what Great big story before their death, so this is awesome. I'd love more videos like this

  • jindivik321
    jindivik321 5 meses atrás

    went on this a couple of years ago, great fun :D If there's another cart in front of you, you can actually smell the smoke from the cart in front due to the friction on the road.

  • Second Sense
    Second Sense 3 meses atrás

    This looks like so much fun. I'd assume that it's safer to fall out than be strapped in with a seatbelt.

  • Saal Templus
    Saal Templus 5 meses atrás +657

    Portuguese person here! I'm from the continent, but have been to Madeira and this is one of my fondest memories of the entire trip. It's definitely unique and super cool.
    Also, I love your videos and it's incredible to hear your own native language in one of them, Portugal is an amazing place, and I hope you'll explore some of the other weird attractions we have in a future video.

    • Theo Garcez
      Theo Garcez 5 meses atrás


    • Simaoe
      Simaoe 5 meses atrás +3


    • David Paterson
      David Paterson 5 meses atrás +2

      I've visited Portugal a few times, and loved it every time. Very friendly and great food - especially the Pastéis de Nata 🙂

    • ULTA Edits
      ULTA Edits 5 meses atrás +3

      encontrei-vos! boa tarde, e bom 25 de Abril!

    • Gnomo
      Gnomo 5 meses atrás +6

      Sou Brasileiro mas ainda sim ouvir português vindo do Tom Scott é bem inesperado kkkkk

  • Anssi
    Anssi 4 meses atrás

    I love Madeira and we used to visit almost every year when I was a kid. Next video about the levadas and the incredible hiking trails in the forests pls.

  • sebwryy o
    sebwryy o 5 meses atrás

    Amazing to see you experiencing so many different cultures

  • macronencer
    macronencer 5 meses atrás

    Thanks Tom, I needed some light-hearted relief this morning, and this was perfect!

  • Melanie Pownall-Harris
    Melanie Pownall-Harris 5 meses atrás

    Did this with my 80 year old mother, we enjoyed it so much!

  • JimmyJamInAMiniVan
    JimmyJamInAMiniVan 5 meses atrás +268

    I know a lot of time tourism can destroy the heart of a place through over tourism, but I am glad that it helps to keep these traditions alive, its a piece of history which should be kept alive.

  • CannonKnight
    CannonKnight 5 meses atrás

    Time to go on my regularly scheduled Tom Scott Rabbit Hole Journey learning about a place I never heard of before. Tell my all your secrets, Madeira!

  • James
    James 4 meses atrás

    I did this with my friends with two skateboards and a couch we found on the side of the road. Good times.

  • Imperator Ptilium
    Imperator Ptilium 5 meses atrás

    What a joy when Tom Scott comes to Portugal, and the video goes up on the 25th of April no less! Hope you enjoyed it, Tom!

  • Vares65
    Vares65 5 meses atrás

    Ok, that's actually a fun tradition. Love that they've used it to make some money for the local economy. As "touristy" as it might be, I'd probably do this one. It just looks like too much fun not to!

  • Rafael Borges
    Rafael Borges 5 meses atrás

    Just went there last summer, absolute amazing experience

  • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
    Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 5 meses atrás

    I imagine Tom's inspiration for this video was "I've been stuck in Britain for a while; I'd like to take a vacation somewhere tropical. Hmm, I wonder if Madeira has any amazing places I can talk about."

  • Ian Hall
    Ian Hall 5 meses atrás

    This brings back memories, My mam and I did this around 27 years ago. So much fun we hit a ford fiesta, nobody hurt so just continued. No health and safety then, Or now by the looks of it, never changed. Brilliant fun.

  • The Black Sword
    The Black Sword 5 meses atrás

    I've always found it funny how polished the road's become after years of wood sliding down on them. You can see the sky reflected on it

  • BritishColombian
    BritishColombian 5 meses atrás +227

    One summer, when we were kids, my friend and I had two spare skateboard decks. We had the genius idea of going to the hardware store and nailing some rubber straps to turn the decks into 'snowboards'. Except there was no snow; we used them to bomb down large hills of dry grass - 'grass-boards' if you will.
    It was epic.

    • Lewis Irwin
      Lewis Irwin 5 meses atrás +18

      @♜pinnedby Tom scott Begone, bot!

  • Norman Fleming
    Norman Fleming 5 meses atrás

    Wow. That looked like an awesome ride.

  • Jacqueline S
    Jacqueline S 5 meses atrás

    Loved this!!! My husband & I had a Ball!!!! We were in Madeira 3/2022. Can't wait to go back!!❤️❤️❤️

  • Xxcharlotte -
    Xxcharlotte - 5 meses atrás

    I’ve been on this! It was absolutely amazing

  • André Bartels
    André Bartels 5 meses atrás

    That looks like the most fun you can possibly get from a tradition 👍

  • LazarouDave
    LazarouDave 5 meses atrás +302

    Ayyy, something Tom's covered that I've actually already done, twice in fact.
    If you ever find yourselves in Madeira, do this, it's definitely worth it, just for the unique experience alone.

    • Duskstorm
      Duskstorm 5 meses atrás +5

      @camel racing fan I believe the commenter may have done this twice, not had this occurrence twice.

    • ThiefOfNavarre
      ThiefOfNavarre 5 meses atrás

      I loved madeira. So much to see!

    • camel racing fan
      camel racing fan 5 meses atrás +3

      whats the other one?

  • Al Rubyx
    Al Rubyx 5 meses atrás

    Tom you have the best life, you can just go around the world finding the funnest coolest stuff and film a bit of it while you're there in your signature style.

  • Mojo
    Mojo 5 meses atrás

    That looks like so much fun. I traveling vicariously through Tom's videos. Thanks!

  • cr01
    cr01 5 meses atrás +1

    Yup, it's real, on Streetview you can see the sledges parked by the road in Largo da Fonte just where it joins the Caminho do Monte.
    But what *really* tweaks my sense of oddness is that in the Caminho de Ferro *you drive on the left*! Probably to avoid the sledges having to cross traffic at two road junctions?

  • Captain Peter R. Miller
    Captain Peter R. Miller 5 meses atrás

    Crazy good. I would love to try it. Thanks Tom.

  • Nurse Cat
    Nurse Cat 5 meses atrás

    went to Madeira and did this. an amazing experience I would recommend to anyone