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Levada dos Cedros

This spectacular trail starts in Fanal, at the Paúl da Serra plateau, and continues through Laurissilva forest. Starting at the regional road – 209 near Fanal, this trail follows Levada dos Cedros, leading to the parish of Ribeira da Janela by taking the 15 – Vereda da Ribeira da Janela. Around the magnifcent area of Fanal, a small volcanic crater of rare beauty, you will fnd ancient Madeira laurel trees (Ocotea foetens). Levada dos Cedros was built in the 17th century and originates in the springs of Lombo do Cedro, 1000 m above sea level. Along the way, you will encounter some of the following indigenous species: Madeira laurels (Ocotea foetens), lily-of-the-valley trees (Clethra arborea), Canary laurels (Laurus novocanariensis), Indian bays (Persea indica) and Madeiran whortleberry (Vaccinium padifolium). From the start, the route of Levada dos Cedros follows the steep slope on the right bank of Ribeira da Janela to Entrosa, where it veers off in a northerly direction to end at Curral Falso.

Diffculty: Moderate

Distance: 5,8 km

Duration: 3h

Highest point: 1130 m

ALowest point: 840 m

Start: E.R. 209 (Fanal)

Finish: E.R. 209 (Curral Falso)

Access: Only by car.