Levadas walks madeira

Madeira really does offer a unique experience for nature lovers, especially those who enjoy hiking along its famous levadas. These irrigation channels provide not only a vital source of water for agriculture, but also spectacular trails that cross incredible landscapes. However, as mentioned, it is essential to take the necessary precautions when exploring these levadas to ensure safety during the journey.

The diversity of routes available, from short trails to more challenging hikes, allows visitors to choose according to their skill level and preferences. The presence of hikers’ associations and tourist companies dedicated to these activities is a valuable source of support and local knowledge.

When venturing out on these levadas, it is crucial to be prepared with the right equipment, including appropriate footwear, comfortable clothing and accessories such as a hat and sunscreen. In addition, having a raincoat can be useful, especially in the region’s frequent weather changes. Carrying a map is an additional precaution for orientation during the walk.

The description of the exuberance of the Laurissilva Forest, the small lagoons along the way, the waterfalls and the birdsong highlight the natural richness and beauty that visitors can appreciate while exploring Madeira’s levadas. Keeping in touch and following local guidelines are essential elements for an enjoyable experience.

If natural beauty is something that fascinates you, then you can’t miss the chance to explore Madeira’s Laurissilva Forest or walk along its famous levadas.

The levadas, which have origins dating back to the 16th century and stretch for more than 2,500 kilometers, invite you to take walks around the island. These walks give you a closer experience of the island’s lush greenery, allowing you to appreciate the impressive diversity of the fauna and flora around you. It’s a real treat for lovers of outdoor activities and those who are enchanted by the simplicity of nature.

These tours not only reveal the most stunning corners of Madeira’s Laurissilva Forest, but also offer an insight into the ancient traditions deeply rooted in this archipelago. More than a visual appreciation of Madeira’s green beauty, the levadas provide an immersion in a rich and authentic tradition.

If you have an innate desire to explore the world around you and appreciate the serenity and natural warmth of the sun, these walks on Madeira Island are a must. A world of happiness, tranquillity and contemplation awaits you. In short, it’s a unique opportunity to connect with nature and immerse yourself in the cultural and natural richness of this enchanting island.


  • Rabaçal Levada Walk, 12km risk

Explore the green Rabaçal valley, located in the Madeira Natural Park.
As you walk along Levada do Risco and Levada das 25 Fontes, you’ll be enchanted by the lush vegetation, waterfalls, singing fountains and small translucent lakes.

  • Levada Walk – Prazeres, Raposeira 10km

The panoramic views of the coast, the flora, the forest and the valleys are some of the many contrasts that Madeira reveals on this relaxed walk.
Take this particularly captivating route.

  • Levada Walk – Ribeiro Frio, Portela 11km

Enjoy the peace and quiet that surrounds you while observing nature. Walk along the levada and observe the ancient Laurissilva forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The vast diversity of flora and birds is amazing.

  • Levada Walk – Queimadas, Caldeirão Verde 12km

Be dazzled by the majestic Caldeirão Verde waterfall
Walk along this historic levada and feel the contact with the Laurissilva forest. A densely wooded landscape that awakens the imagination. The views over the north coast of the island are breath-taking.
Walk to the green cauldron and be amazed at the heart of Madeira.

  • Levada da Serra walk 6km

A pleasant and relaxing stroll through a paradisiacal valley, with captivating views over settlements scattered across the landscape and over Camacha. The landscape, the abundant flora, the flowers, the eucalyptus and oak trees make this an enchanting walk.

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