Ribeiro Frio to Portela Guided Levada Hike

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Duration: 7h 30m
Location: Madeira, Portugal | Madeira, Portugal

Category: Adventures

Satisfying & challenging hike with unbeatable scenery
Walk along a levada, a 19th-century irrigation network
Cliff-top vistas of unspoiled, rural Madeira villages
Incredible panoramic views & volcanic rock formations
Subtropical forest, terraced fields & unique flora & fauna

Guided walking tour of the levadas
Roundtrip transportation to and from your Machico, Santa Cruz, Caniço, and Funchal hotels


Discover the forested eastern side of Madeira on one of the island's most famous walking tours. Enjoy the peaceful light shining through the laurel and heather trees and maybe even catch a glimpse of trout darting along the levadas (aqueducts).

The need to distribute water through the island in the 19th century resulted in the construction of the levadas. This ancient aqueduct system is still being used as a way to transport water, but it has also opened up new possibilities for exploration around this charming island.

The Ribeiro Frio to Portela levada hike is ranked as one of the most challenging walks—covering 7 miles (11 km). Follow your expert guide through the indigenous flora and fauna of the laurisilva (laurel forest). Gain an insight into the daily life of the Madeira people as you take in the breathtaking views of Porto da Cruz.

A considerable portion of the island acts as a protected conservation area, Madeira Natural Park. Walking these levadas is an ideal way to explore the rare plant life that thrives here.

Cancellation Policy: 4 days
Know before you book: Children 5 and younger are complimentary when accompanied by a paying adult, If you have back and joint problems, you should carefully consider whether to participate., You must be able to climb and descend stairs and to walk on unpaved or uneven terrain., If you fear heights, you should not take part in this activity.

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