Vereda das 25 Fontes e Levada do Risco
Both trails begin on the regional road – 110 and go down as far as the Rabaçal shelter.
The trails continue along two parallel levadas on different levels.
Trail PR 6.1 goes along Levada do Risco, at 1000 m above sea level, taking the walker to an impressive waterfall, which falls vertically forming a “scratch” (risco) on the rock.
If you take PR 6, you can visit the lagoon (Lagoa das 25 Fontes), created by water coming down from Paúl da Serra, where you can see more than 25 springs.
At this height, the dominant plants are highland heaths (Erica arborea and Erica scoparia ssp madeirensis) and Madeiran whortleberry (Vaccinium padifolium). The rare mountain Mocano (Pittosporum coriaceum) can also be found. These species form part of the Madeiran Laurissilva forest, designated by UNESCO as World Natural Heritage.
The two levadas carry water from two tributaries of Ribeira Grande and supply the Calheta hydroelectric dam, carrying on to irrigate agricultural land.
Distance: 4.6 km (+ 4.6 km return)
Highest point:1290 m
Lowest point: 900 m
Start and Finish: E.R.110 (Rabaçal, Paúl da Serra)
Recomendações: PR 6 walk may cause vertigo. Take warm clothing and water.
Access: Only by car