Levada do Furado
This levada, starting in Ribeiro Frio, is one of the oldest public levadas, acquired by the State to irrigate the agricultural felds of Porto da Cruz. The walk, which is at a height of 860 m above sea level, ends with a descent to the village of Portela.
At the start of the trail, the walker should follow the Levada da Serra do Faial walkway to station where the waters divide, descending from there to the area of Lamaceiros.
The walk ends at the Portela belvedere in the municipality of Machico.
Along this levada, we can fnd some of the typical species of the island’s Laurissilva forest, including Canary laurels (Laurus novocanariensis), lily-of-the-valley trees (Clethra arborea), Madeira laurels (Ocotea foetens) and the Madeiran orchids (Dactylorhiza foliosa).
You may be able to catch sight of the small Madeira frecrest (Regulus ignicapillus madeirensis) and the fearless Madeiran chaffnch (Fringilla coelebs madeirensis).
And if you’re really lucky you may see a Madeira laurel pigeon (Columba trocaz), a species endemic to Madeira.
Distance: 11 km
Highest point: 870 m
Lowest point: 520 m
Start: E.R. 303 (Ribeiro Frio)
Finish: E.R. 102 (Portela)
Recommendations: Danger of vertigo. Carry a torch for tunnels The path may be slippery; wear non-slip footwear.
Access: Buses 56 | 103 | 138