The famous Madeira levada walks take you through the UNESCO protected Laurissilva forests with their cascading waterfalls and exuberant wild flowers, past the mountains and green valleys to the dramatic coastline. The levada walks are walkways created centuries ago to allow locals to access their water courses now they are an unforgettable way to explore this subtropical paradise. We currently offer a programme of regular Madeira levada walks- we can also organise walking holidays and longer walks for groups.
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Ponta de Sao Lourenco
a moderate walk of 8km on Tuesdays. This dramatic walk starts in the east of the Island, where the vegetation is completely different from the rest of the island. Ponta de Sao Lourenco is a nature reserve and an important site for nesting seabirds. From here there are breathtaking views over both the north and south coast of the island. This walk costs € per person and the trip takes approximately 2.5 hours.
Levada da Caldeirao Verde
a moderate walk of 13km on Thursdays
This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful of the Madeira levada walks. The route winds through lush emerald green Laurissilva forest watered by pretty streams and waterfalls. The forest is home to many interesting animals and birds such as the Bis-Bis (Firecrest) and the Tentilhao (Madeiran Chaffinch). There are fantastic views of S. Jorge and after exploring five tunnels of natural basaltic rock time to relax by the crystal clear waters of the Caldeirao Verde waterfall. This Madeira levada walks costs € per person and takes approximately 4.5 hours walking. This walk includes tunnels and might not be suitable for vertigo sufferers.
Rabacal/25 Fontes Levada Walk
a moderate walk of 12km on Fridays.
Walk along one of the most beautiful walks in the whole of Madeira with many waterfalls and springs. This levada walk sets out from the largest plateau of Madeira, the Paul da Serra to Madeira’s prettiest valley, the Rabacal. Highlights of the walk include abundant water features including a spectacular turquoise lagoon and the chance to see a wide selection of interesting flora and fauna endemic to Madeira. This Madeira levada walk costs € per person and takes approximately 4 hours. This walk includes tunnels and might not be suitable for vertigo sufferers.
Levada do Rei (Sao Jorge)
an easy to moderate walk of 10km on Saturdays.
The Levada do Rei is renowned for its tranquil beauty and as you walk along it you get a sense of the wild and exuberant landscape that the Portuguese sailors first saw way back in 1419. The route takes you through two different forests, in the first forest exotic species, that have been introduced over the centuries, flourish in Madeira’s gentle climate. Then you’ll enter the Laurissilva forest, one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal, where you’ll find an abundance of native flora and fauna, many of which are unique to Madeira. This is a fascinating walk for naturalists and a chance for everyone to enjoy Madeira’s natural beauty and diversity. This levada walk costs € per person and the trip takes approximately 3.5 hours.
Levada dos Marocos
an easy walk of 6km on Sundays.
The Levada dos Marocos takes you along the valley of Machico, the first city to be discovered in 1419 by Tristao Vaz Teixeira and Joao Gonçalves Zarco. Discover the fantastic views over the city of Machico and get to know th famous Poios Madeirenses (agricultural terraces). You may also get the chance to enjoy some of the fresh fruit that farmers sell along the Levada. This Madeira levada walk costs € per person and the trip takes approximately 2 hours.
The Madeira levada walks include an experienced guide, insurance and transport to and from your hotel in Funchal (or nearby towns). Advance booking is recommended. You can choose to add a picnic for € per person.