Levadas

Discover a fantastic levada natural world...

Madeira Island natural beauty and its majestic sceneries invite to the practice of pleasant and invigorating levada walks through the famous "Levadas"! The "Levadas" are a remarkable, ingenious irrigation system that was developed in the 16th century by the first settlers, to distribute water from the high mountain springs to the slopes and valleys. Nowadays, there are around 1400 km of Levadas in Madeira ready for you to explore and discover breathtaking views.

Take a look on the 23 official Levadas Footpaths (PRs) in Madeira Island


They are the best way to know the interior of Madeira Island, its natural diversity and its indigenous Laurel Forest, which is classified since 1999 as World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. By walking along the paths and Levadas Walks, you will have the oportunity to explore and discover the enchanted Laurel Forest, a fascinating natural world in its purest form, beautiful landscapes and breathtaking views, that will certainly last forever in your memory... superb waterfalls and lagoons, impressive cliffs and valleys, green and dense mountains contrasting with the deep blue sea, an amazing flora and fauna unique in the world, etc! The rough Madeiran relief and its mountain environment means that there are routes for every taste and degrees of difficulty, where you can choose exclusively mountain, forest, seaside or mixed circuits. Check our Levada Walking Guide and explore the pleasure of close contact with nature and discover the island's fabulous landscapes! Let yourself be surprised!

Madeira Island natural beauty and its majestic sceneries invite to the practice of pleasant and invigorating levada walks through the famous "Levadas"! The "Levadas" are a remarkable, ingenious irrigation system that was developed in the 16th century by the first settlers, to distribute water from the high mountain springs to the slopes and valleys. Nowadays, there are around 1400 km of Levadas in Madeira ready for you to explore and discover breathtaking views.


Important Information for Madeira Walks

Civil Protection
291 700 112
Emergency Number
112

Safety Precautions for Madeira Walks

Always be accompanied by an accredited guide before starting out make sure that you have updates instructions on the route.

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