Levadas and Trekking
When you visit Madeira, you will learn that a hike is much more than a simple path. It is an intense outdoor experience, where everything is magical and fascinating. To reach the most amazing and dramatic landscapes, there is nothing better than going on foot along walking trails next to the canals known as “levadas”. “Levadas” are irrigation canals that were built in the past to bring water from the north slopes, where it existed in abundance, to the south side of the Island.
Nowadays, these channels continue to work with this function and are also widely used for walking,while being in full contact with nature.
There are various types of trails throughout Madeira. Some of the easier ones are ideal for beginners, or for those who just want to walk and enjoy a fascinating outdoor experience. Others require a higher skill level, but are breathtaking in their exuberance. In all, there are more than 2,000 km to explore, from sea level to 1,861 metres. The central mountains and the island’s northern side have more mountainous routes, with more accessible trails in the south.
Access to the deep heart, inside the Island, as you follow these primitive rails and irrigation canals.
Vereda dos Balcões
1,5 km (+ 1,5 km return)
Starting at Ribeiro Frio, at the regional road – 103, this short walk follows Levada da Serra do Faial, and provides access to the Balcões belvedere with superb views over the valley of Ribeira da Metade and the parish of Faial.
From the Balcões belvedere there is a splendid landsca ...
Vereda do Pico Ruivo
2,8 km (+ 2.8 km return)
Starting in Achada do Teixeira, this trail climbs up to the island’s highest peak, Pico Ruivo (1862 m).
There are several shelters along this ascent, since the weather can change very abruptly and the area is often surrounded by a sea of clouds.
Near the Pico Ruivo shelter there are ...
Vereda do Pico Branco e Terra Chã
2,7 km ( +2,7 km return)
This trail starts on the regional road – 111. On the way to the top of Pico Branco, you will come across a huge prismatic, geological formation, Rocha Quebrada, into which the footpath itself was carved. After the ascent to Cabeço do Caranguejo, the footpath continues through a shrubby are ...
Vereda do Fanal
This trail starts on the regional road – 209 at the Paúl da Serra plateau (Assobiadores) and ends near the Forestry Station in Fanal. It also connects to the parish of Ribeira da Janela through the trails PR 14 – Levada dos Cedros and PR 15 – Vereda da Ribeira da Janela. This t ...
Vereda do Areeiro
5,6km / 7 km
3h / 3h30
This walk connects the highest peaks on the island of Madeira, Pico Ruivo (1862 m), Pico das Torres (1851 m) and Pico do Areeiro (1817 m), traversing part of the central mountainous area, a Natura 2000 network site.
Starting at Pico do Areeiro, after a short distance we come to the Ninho d ...
Vereda das Funduras
This trail starts next to Portela belvedere, where there is a view of the parishes of Porto da Cruz and Faial.
The walk begins along a forestry track in the Funduras mountains before joining the footpath.
On the way, you will pass a forestry building, “Casa das Funduras”. From her ...
Vereda das 25 Fontes e Levada do Risco
4,6 km (+ 4,6 km return)
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 fa ...
Vereda da Ribeira da Janela
This route, which starts on the regional road – 209, in the area of Curral Falso, and fnishes near the village of Ribeira da Janela, is almost all downhill. It runs along a footpath formerly used by the local people to reach settlements on the south side of the island, particularly Calheta ...
Vereda da Ponta de São Lourenço
4 km (+ 4 km return)
The trail explores Ponta de São Lourenço, the eastern-most peninsula on the island, named after the caravel sailed by João Gonçalves Zarco, one of the three discoverers of the Archipelago of Madeira. This peninsula is volcanic in origin and comprises two islets: Cevada or Desembarcadouro, and ...
Vereda da Ilha
This trail starts at the Pico Ruivo shelter. This is the highest peak on the island and can be reached following route PR 1.2 – Vereda do Pico Ruivo. The trail crosses two different ecosystems that are part of the European network of sites of community importance – Natura 2000: the ce ...
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