Levadas Travel Guide

  • Risco Levada
    Risco Levada
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  • Lagoa do vento - Wind Lagoon
    Lagoa do vento - Wind Lagoon
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  • Balcoes viewpont
    Balcoes viewpont
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Levadas Things to Do

  • Encumeada / Folhadal

    Start at Encumeada towards west along the levada. Croos the first tunnel and when you are on the side of Sao Vicente cross another three tunnels and you reach the keepers cottage. Descend a sand road and you're there.

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  • Caldeirao Verde (Green Cauldron)

    Start out early with a packed lunch, waterproof boots, and make sure to pack an anorak and torch in your rucksack.From Queimadas to Caldeirao Verde is 6 km (3.7 miles) or an hour and a half’s walk.The first tunnel is a short one slightly curved. Soon after the second tunnel which is 200 metre long, comes a third short tunnel with a window in the...

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  • Ribeiro Frio / Portela

    Start your walk after the forestry house right below the restaurant on the right towards east. Follow the levada until the first waterhouse. Descend left to Portela. Breathtaking nature scenes. Great!

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  • Balcoes Trail

    Start about 100m after the forestry house in Ribeiro Frio and follow the Levada towards west until the viewpoint in balcoes. It is a long short walk. Take light footwear and appropriate clothing according to the weather.

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  • Rabaçal / Lagoa do Vento

    Start in Rabaçal on the west side of Paúl da Serra, Madeira island’s big plateau. Wear the right shoes, take along a picnic, and put a sweater and anorak in your rucksack. Don’t forget you are going up to about 1,000 metres above sea level, where it rains a lot more than in Funchal and the average temperature is 6ºC less than on the south coast.

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  • Levada da Ribeira da Janela (Window...

    The Levada da Central da Ribeira da Janela is one of the best-kept levadas on Madeira. This large levada almost flowed over with water, and the Levadeiros (levada keepers) were busy with putting up new wire ropes and mending the levada wall. Still, don't expect an easy, eventless walk. Seven tunnels and a waterfall are waiting to be passed, and the...

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Levadas Warnings and Dangers

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    by salinhopt Written Feb 20, 2004

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    Changes in climatic conditions have caused changes in the terrain, in some cases so significant to the point that the route has become dangerous, particulary along the levadas. The authorities assume no responsibility for any personal or material damages which may occur. Remind that these walks should be done in the company of hikers or walk guides.

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Levadas Favorites

  • Laural Plants

    In the north of the island,many of the original dense laurel woods can still be seen, although interspersed here and there are junipers together with tree ferns, tree heaths, chestnuts and cedars up to 30m(100ft) in height. On the south of the island the woodlands are less dense due to the lower rainfall levels and, in many places, forest has given...

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  • Many flowers

    Madeira enjoys a favourable climate and particularly in spring and autumn, visitors to the island will discover a blaze of colour. Just take a look around: bougainvillea in all their colours, freesias, geraniums, bright red poinsettias, jasmine, amaryllis, lilies, olive green aloes, gladioli, begonia, chrysanthemum, antirrhinums and marigolds,...

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  • Pride of Madeira

    Madeira viper's bugloss (Pride of Madeira) with it first reddish, then blue flowers is frequently to be seen growing alongside footpaths and levadas. It's the symbol of Madeira forest.

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