Walking the Levadas
Are you a true nature lover? Madeira Island is the ideal holiday destination for you!
Madeira is known for its harmonious shapes and the contrasting colours of its many exotic plants, from almost all continents, which are well adapted to this island as to their natural habitats. Explore an enchanted forest and become part of it, discovering nature in its purest form. One of the most fascinating features of Madeira is the vast network of open-air water canals that cover the island bringing water from the mountains to the plantations below.
Covering over 1500 kilometers, the levadas of Madeira were mostly sculpted by hand, and access remote villages through tunnels and cliff hugging ledges. Walking on a levada path is an unforgettable experience, be it overlooking the sea or hiking through the vast Madeira Natural Park or Funchal Ecological Park or follow the mountain trails that may take you up an impressive 1,862 m above sea level, surrounded by breathtaking beauty. The most popular treks are the Rabaçal levada walk, towards the 25 Fountains; the Queimadas levada walk, until Caldeirão Verde; the walk between the Areeiro Peak and the Ruivo Peak; and the walk from Ribeiro Frio to Portela.
When considering a levada walk we highly recommen that you use the services of a qualified mountain guide company.
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|Levada dos Tornos||Levada do Moinho||Caldeirão do Inferno - Queimadas|
Ponta de São Lourenço
|Levada do Galhano
||Levada Ribeiro Frio - Portela
|Levada do Rei - Ribeiro Bonito
||Levada do Rabaçal/R.d.Lajeado||Pico Ruivo Walk|
|Lev. Rib. da Janela||Levada do Norte I
||Levada do Norte II|
|Fanal||Levada dos Cedros||Levada Nova / Lvd. do Moinho
|Pico do Castelo (Pto. Santo)
||Levada Bica da Cana||Cais Do Sardinha (Caniçal)
|Curral Das Freiras
||Levada do Rei
||Levada 25 Fontes
|Ponta de São Lourenço||Caldeirão do Inferno||Pico Ruivo - Madeira|
Source : http://www.turismomadeira.pt