Levada Walks in Madeira
Former irrigation channels in the southeast of Madeira now offer a network of scenic trails for walks and hikes. These paths are a gateway into the peaceful countryside and some are known to have steep ledges, drawing adventurous travelers. Here’s how to explore the levada walks. Levada do Rabacal See fountains, waterfalls, and the high cliff of Cabo Girão during an exploration of this popular levada. This route is known as the 25 Fountains Walk. Levada do Caldeirão Verde Climb steep ascents, stroll through mountainside tunnels (flashlights are necessary), and navigate through a laurel forest during a challenging hike along 23 miles of trails. Stop to take photographs of the coastal views. Levada do Moinho Escape the crowds for a hike through lush vegetation and flat terrain. See water mills, rock formations, and natural springs during this easy stroll. You’ll also encounter local wildlife and learn about the region’s flora. Levada do Norte Hike through the valley of Quinta Grande on this scenic route. Experience mountain and sea views along this easy trail. Levada do Caniçal Travel from Marocos to the Caniçal Tunnel with this easy hike. In addition to the peaceful rural setting, this trail offers views over the city of Machico.