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Levada do Rei

The trail to Levada do Rei starts at the Quebradas water treatment plant, in São Jorge, ending at the source of the levada, in Ribeiro Bonito. The frst part of the trail, crossing a forested area with some indigenous vegetation, presents travellers with views of the São Jorge and Santana agricultural felds. After the midway point of the trail, the levada that winds from the interior of the island along the mountain slopes enters a spectacular area of native forest. In the fnal section of the walk, the area of Ribeiro Bonito reflects the original natural wealth of Madeira, apparent in the dense vegetation cover of the Laurissilva forest. The natural environment, full of water and vegetation, allows many trees to thrive, such as Madeira laurels (Ocotea foetens), Canary laurels (Laurus novocanariensis) and Indian bays (Persea indica), as well as birds, such as the Madeira frecrest (Fringilla coelebs madeirensis). Take the opportunity to visit the historic São Jorge water mill.

Diffculty: Moderate

Distance: 5.1 km (+ 5.1 km return)

Duration: 3h / 3h30

Highest point: 710 m

Lowest point: 530 m

Start and Finish: ETAR de São Jorge

Recommendations: Danger of vertigo.

Access: Only by car