Mint Maxi Dress in Monte + Style With a Smile Link Up

November 9, 2021
Mint Maxi Dress in Monte, mint H&M sundress, Oliver Bonas wide brim straw hat

The third and final holiday outfit post today! I wore this mint maxi dress in Monte – a charming parish about 500m above Funchal. A trip up to Monte on the cable car is a really fun thing to, and the views are amazing! The cable cars go over houses so it’s an opportunity to have a nosey at all the properties. Monte church (Nossa Senhora do Monte) isn’t very big, but it’s definitely worth a visit. We did this same excursion two years ago, but as we took my mother-in-law with us this time we decided to do it again. You can take another cable car further up to the botanical gardens but we left it too late in the day for that. We’ll just have to back again!

Mint Maxi Dress in Monte, mint H&M sundress, Oliver Bonas wide brim straw hat


Mint Maxi Dress in Monte, mint H&M sundress, Oliver Bonas wide brim straw hat, Monte church Madeira, Nossa Senhora do Monte
Nossa Senhora do Monte, Madeira
Nossa Senhora do Monte, Madeira
view of Funchal from Monte
Mint Maxi Dress in Monte, mint H&M sundress, Oliver Bonas wide brim straw hat

H&M dress | Oliver Bonas hat | Jeepers Peepers sunglasses | M&S bag (from eBay) | Palava tiger necklace

The basket ride down the hill!

Mint Maxi Dress in Monte, mint H&M sundress, Toboggan ride from Monte, Madeira

The cable car is fun but you can’t beat the famous toboggans for a thrill ride! Originally a fast means of transport down to Funchal for people living in Monte, these toboggan sledges appeared around 1850. The two-seater wicker sledges glide on wooden runners, pushed and steered by two men traditionally dressed in white cotton clothes and a straw hat. The “Carreiros” use their rubber-soled boots as brakes. The downhill journey from Monte to Livramento takes about 10 minutes, reaching speeds of up to 30mph. From there you can get a taxi back to Funchal, but we decided to walk down the very steep road, as we did last time. A taxi driver (who was obviously keen to get our business) told my mother-in-law that she’d never manage it, but she soon proved him wrong…she’ll be 82 next month! We rewarded ourselves with a much-deserved long, cold drink at the bottom of the hill.

So that’s the end of my holiday outfits…time to think about winter coats and sparkly Christmas party outfits now!

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14 responses to “Mint Maxi Dress in Monte + Style With a Smile Link Up”

  1. Love this chic maxi dress and hat you are wearing Emma! This church is stunning too. Thanks so much for the link up!

  2. Rena says:


    You like divine and what a setting for photos! It certainly sounds like you and your family had a delightful trip filled with unique destinations and breathtaking vistas.


  3. Katie says:

    Love your mint dress! The toboggan ride looks like fun! Thanks for featuring me in today’s post!


  4. Nancy says:

    How brave of your mother! The cable cars sound great, I can imagine the views are fabulous. And so peaceful, I guess. Don’t you miss the sun the warmth? I already want it to become spring. That’s a different colour for you! It’s a perfect holiday dress!

  5. Gail says:

    Fab outfit Emma – loving the pop of orange from the earrings. Great to see Madeira.

  6. Laurie says:

    That ride sounds scary Emma! And well done to the mother in law for prooving them wrong.
    I have a few of the shirred bust dresses. A brilliant item for hot days. The mint colour is lovely. Thank you for featuring me xx

  7. Mica says:

    What a cute dress on you and that church looks like such a nice place to visit! it’s good you had a great time on your holiday 🙂

    Thanks for the link up!

    Hope that you are having a good week 🙂

  8. Emma, I love this minty sundress on you! What a beautiful color and perfect for your holiday. These photos are absolutely stunning of you, your family, and the gorgeous landscape and architecture. I also loved reading about the toboggan ride. How fun is that!


  9. Jill says:

    Such a beautiful dress on you! That tobbagan ride down the hill sounds so cool!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  10. Darlene says:

    Here I am a day late, once again! Honestly, you make me want to go there! We hope to get back to Spain in the next year or so and would love to visit this cute little town–by cable car! Thanks so much for the feature with the other two stylish ladies!! What a lovely surprise and much appreciated.

    xx Darlene

  11. This looks like so much fun! I wonder how often they need to replace their shoes! Love your dress too!

  12. Lovely says:

    Your mint dress is so pretty! The toboggan ride downhill sounds fun!

  13. Such breathtaking pics!! How beautiful!!

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