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Levada Walks in Madeira

Levada Walks in Madeira

Former irrigation channels in the southeast of Madeira now offer a network of scenic trails for walks and hikes. These paths are a gateway into the peaceful countryside and some are known to have steep ledges, drawing adventurous travelers. Here’s how to explore the levada walks.   Levada do Rabacal See fountains, waterfalls, and the high cliff of Cabo Girão during an exploration of this popular levada. This route is known as the 25 Fountains Walk.   Levada do Caldeirão Verde Climb steep ascents, stroll through mountainside tunnels (flashlights are necessary), and navigate through a laurel forest during a challenging hike along 23 miles of trails. Stop to take photographs of the coastal views.   Levada do Moinho Escape the crowds for a hike through lush vegetation and flat terrain. See water mills, rock formations, and natural springs during this easy stroll. You’ll also encounter local wildlife and learn about the region’s flora.   Levada do Norte Hike through the valley of Quinta Grande on this scenic route. Experience mountain and sea views along this easy trail.   Levada do Caniçal Travel from Marocos to the Caniçal Tunnel with this easy hike. In addition to the peaceful rural setting, this trail offers views over the city of Machico.

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Madeira East Island Tour with Levada Walk and Lunch

Madeira East Island Tour with Levada Walk and Lunch

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Spend a day exploring the dramatic sea cliffs, islands and traditional villages of Madeira’s east coast on this full-day small-group tour, with a maximum of 8 people. Enjoy magnificent views of Ribeiro Frio, Pico do Arieiro and Laurissilva forest; discover the crafts-making heritage of Camacha village; and snap photos of the thatched triangular houses in Santana village. After a scenic walk along the levadas (canal ways) and a visit to a trout farm, tuck into a delicious 3-course lunch (included) on the island of Grutas do Faial.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.08
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$53.08

Skywalk & Rabacal
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Skywalk & Rabacal "25 Fountains Levada Walk" in 4x4 Full Day Tour

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Journey to the mystical land of Rabaçal on this full-day walking and Jeep tour, from Funchal. See the beautiful fountains and waterfalls on the “25 Fontes” Levada Walk as well as the highest cliff in Europe, Cabo Girão. Then, hop in a stylish 4x4 Jeep for some more adventure. Along the way, see local wildlife and learn about this fascinating region from your expert guide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.74
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$51.74

Mountain Biking Tour - Trail Experience Tour

Mountain Biking Tour - Trail Experience Tour

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Explore the mountains, forests, and levadas (historic water channels) of Maderia on this full-day mountain biking adventure. Follow your guide along dirt tracks and off-road trails, stop for lunch (own expense) in Camacha village, and enjoy stunning views of the levadas. There’s no previous experience necessary on this mountain bike tour: your guide will adapt the itinerary to suit your group’s ability level.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.74
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$74.74

Madeira Levada Walk - Rabacal Lakes and Fountains

Madeira Levada Walk - Rabacal Lakes and Fountains

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Get acquainted with the verdant natural splendor of Madeira on a full-day tour of North West Madeira from Funchal. Alongside a knowledgeable guide, discover the secreted treasures of the Laurisilva Forest and enjoy the tranquility exuded by its abundance of flora and fauna. Continue to the spectral Rabacal Lake, home to 25 fountains and beautiful cascading waterfalls, and spend some relaxed free time enjoying the area of outstanding natural beauty. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Funchal hotel on this enriching excursion.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$45.41
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Levada Rabaçal and 25 Fountains Walking Tour

Levada Rabaçal and 25 Fountains Walking Tour

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Slow down and explore the lush heart of Madeira island on this half-day walking tour from Rabaçal to 25 Fountains. Led by a local guide, you’ll learn about Madeira’s levadas (canals), catch stunning views of Rabaçal Valley, wander through a laurel forest, watch for the elusive trocaz pigeon—a bird found only on Madeira—and marvel at the clear, green water of 25 Fountains.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.54
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Paradise Valley - Levada Walk

Paradise Valley - Levada Walk

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Hike through the Madeira highlands on a half-day walk that follows the historic Levada da Serra do Faial, a century-old irrigation canal, through lush forest. You’ll cover 3.4 miles (5.5 km) of trail, earn views of Madeiran villages, and see a wide range of plants in a scenic, natural environment. This 4-hour, guided walking tour includes pickup and drop-off at Funchal hotels.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.05
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$31.05

Madeira Peaks - Mountain Walk

Madeira Peaks - Mountain Walk

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Ascend to Madeira’s highest peak on an 8-hour levada walk to Vereda do Pico Ruivo, from the top of which travelers are rewarded with spectacular panoramas of Madeira. Ideal for visitors with a moderate fitness level, this tour takes you through an ancient heather forest and reveals a plethora of flora and fauna native to the island. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.54
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Caldeirão Verde Levadas Walk in Madeira

Caldeirão Verde Levadas Walk in Madeira

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Explore the wonders along Madeira’s famed Levada do Caldeirão Verde on this leisurely guided walking tour. Your day begins with a convenient pickup from your central Funchal hotel, then set off on a short 45-minute ride to the starting point. As you stroll the path, your local guide will illuminate the surroundings with informative anecdotes. Admire a tranquil laurel forest, historical local paths, traditional irrigation channels, and sweeping vistas of the island’s north coast.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$45.41
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Madeira Levada Walk - Caldeirao Verde

Madeira Levada Walk - Caldeirao Verde

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Hike through the spectral landscapes of the UNESCO-listed Queimadas Forest Park, Madeira, on an enriching 5-hour excursion from Funchal. Accompanied by an expert guide, stroll at a leisurely pace through landscapes reminiscent of fairytales; see thatched-roof cottages, ancient trees and exotic bird species as you explore. Gaze at the emerald green lagoon beneath the famous Caldeirão Waterfall before taking the same route back to the start point. 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.54
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Full-Day Rabaçal Levada Walk from Funchal

Full-Day Rabaçal Levada Walk from Funchal

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Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Rabaçal Valley on an 8-hour hike from Funchal. In a small group limited to 15, you’ll descend from the plateau of Paul da Serra and follow the ‘levada’ trail, an irrigation system developed in the 16th century. Marvel at a lagoon, towering cliff, and 25 natural springs. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours
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$42.54
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Serra D'Água Valley - Levada Walk

Serra D'Água Valley - Levada Walk

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No visit to Madeira is complete without following one of the island’s ‘levada’ trails, renowned for their natural beauty. Perfect for travelers seeking a moderate walk, this 4-hour tour  takes you on a 5-km (3-mile) journey through the Serra de Agua Valley, from which you can see South Coast, Encumeada, Ribeira Brava and Campanário. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.05
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Referta Castelejo Levada Walk from Funchal

Referta Castelejo Levada Walk from Funchal

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Embark on a gentle hike through Madeira’s endemic flora and fauna on a half-day levada walk from Funchal. Beginning in the area of Refertas in Porto da Cruz, you’ll head to the Rock of Penha d’Aguia and admire views of agricultural plots and quaint houses. Plus, you’ll take a rest by crystalline lakes. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.05
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Levada do Rei - Madre of Life small Group Guided Walk

Levada do Rei - Madre of Life small Group Guided Walk

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This North to South Levada Walk is the perfect way to discover Madeira’s beautiful scenery. You’ll have a hassle-free day with no transport to book, as hotel pickup and drop-off included. A certified mountain guide will lead the way, so you won’t have to worry about getting lost. Witness panoramic views of valleys, villages, and Laurisilva vegetation. Highlights are the viewpoints looking over Porto Da Cruz and Faial.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.99
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$45.99

Rabaçal - Levada do Risco and 25 Fountains Waterfalls with Private Guide

Rabaçal - Levada do Risco and 25 Fountains Waterfalls with Private Guide

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Spend the day in nature, and hike one of Madeira’s most beautiful trails, on this half-day, small-group tour. Following morning pickup from your hotel, head to the Levada das 25 Fontes: a forested walking trail renowned for its lush scenery and numerous waterfalls. As you go along the 5.6-mile (9-kilometer) hike, stop to capture photos, enjoy a picnic lunch, and soak up the tranquil ambiance.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.99
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$68.99
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Hidden Corners: Levada Walk from Funchal

Hidden Corners: Levada Walk from Funchal

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Follow a Madeiran levada, or canal, though the São Jorge Valley on a full-day hiking tour from Funchal, exploring a landscape of lush plants and thriving forests. You’ll cover 8 miles (13 km) of trail and stop at a peaceful waterfall, while taking in Madeira at its most untouched. This full-day, guided levada walking tour includes round-trip transport from select hotels in Funchal, and it’s the perfect introduction to Madeira hiking.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.54
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Levada Walk from Ribeiro Frio to Portela

Levada Walk from Ribeiro Frio to Portela

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Experience one of Madeira’s world-famous levada walks on an 8-hour hike from Ribeiro Frio to Portela. Departing from Funchal, you’ll wander through the Laurel Forest (Laurisilva), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy panoramic views of Penha d'Aguia (Eagle Rock) and the town of Porta da Cruz. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.54
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Private Guided Walk Levada do Rei

Private Guided Walk Levada do Rei

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This is undoubtedly one of the levadas you don’t want to miss. A magnificent trail of the Madeira’s Laurissilva forest where you can enjoy the unique vegetation of this UNESCO natural heritage. The first part of the trail consists of a mixture of endemic and introduced vegetation after the discovery of the island. You can see various perspectives of the village at a distance. In the second part, the trail penetrates into the interior of the island, that stills remains the same since before its discovery, more than five centuries ago. In this path you find the natural flora and fauna of Madeira, which include laurel, heather, chaffinch, among many, many others. • Distance: 9.7 Km  • Duration 3 to 4 hours • Difficulty: Easy • It includes: Levada, Lagoon, Waterfall, Laurisilva Forest, Endemic flora, Vertigo
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.04
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$77.04
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Private Guided Walk Levada Caldeirao Verde

Private Guided Walk Levada Caldeirao Verde

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Venture far off the beaten track and discover pristine, untrodden vistas on this private half-day trek to Caldeirão Verde. Hike safely with your own personal guide, and get hands-on assistance covering moderately difficult trails. Highlights along the way include a panoramic view over the village of São Jorge, underground caverns, and crystal-clear lagoons and waterfalls. You’ll also enjoy front-door pickup from your hotel or port.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.04
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$77.04
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Maroços Mimosa Valley Levada Walk from Funchal

Maroços Mimosa Valley Levada Walk from Funchal

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If you’re a mobile traveler looking to discover Madeira’s world-famous levadas then this 4-hour tour is for you. Departing from Funchal, you’ll follow a route beside a traditional 16th-century irrigation system and enjoy views of Madeira’s mountainous landscapes. Absorb panoramic vistas of Machico city and visit stalls selling seasonal fresh fruit. Hotel pickup and drop-off at your Funchal hotel are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.05
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Levada do Alecrim - Rosemary Levada (easy)

Levada do Alecrim - Rosemary Levada (easy)

This Levada Walk its very beautiful and acessible to anyone. Easy to do and with many beautiful lagoons and waterfalls, which will appear along the way. Free pic-nic included, insurance and qualified and friendly guide.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.84
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$44.84
Price varies by group size

Levada do Norte

Levada do Norte

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The walk is from 9h-13h this is a superb walk, with a sun blessed aspect, through landscape rich in cultivation on the neighbourhoods of Funchal, a mixture of sea and mountains views is going to delight you. This walk starts in Cabo Girão passing through the valey of Quinta Grande and Campanario.
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  • 9 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.75
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$28.75

Kings Levada

Kings Levada

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The walk is from 9h-16h The group can be small or big depends on the number of bookings Really easy walk with waterfalls and nature
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  • 9 to 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.86
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$36.86

Lakes of Madeira Levada Walk from Funchal

Lakes of Madeira Levada Walk from Funchal

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Plunge into Madeira’s lakes and waterfalls on an 8-hour levada walking tour from Funchal, a moderate excursion designed for first-time visitors. Alongside your guide, you’ll follow on of Madeira’s famous levada (irrigation canals) past waterfalls and rockpools, and through ancient forest. Plus, you’ll ascend to lookout points around the island’s highest mountain. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.54
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King's Levada Walk - Santana Laurel Forest and Waterfalls

King's Levada Walk - Santana Laurel Forest and Waterfalls

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Explore Madeira Island’s impressive Levada do Rei hiking trail on this adventurous walking tour. After a helpful pickup at your Maderia hotel, follow your guide through Madeira’s island wilderness and enjoy uninterrupted views over the spectacular natural scenery. With park admission fees and refreshments included, discover attractions including São Jorge, and take in the forests, lagoons, and waterfalls for which Madeira is famous.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.24
Price varies by group size
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$63.24
Price varies by group size