The excitement is, undoubtly, guaranteed!
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.
List of 23 Officials 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!
Notice to Walkers
Some walking routes in the island are in current undergoing maintenance to ensure the safety of walkers. More info
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR MADEIRA WALKS
ALWAYS BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ACCREDITED GUIDE
BEFORE STARTING OUT MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE UPDATED INSTRUCTIONS ON THE ROUTE.
Inform another person about your chosen route and your time of return. Don’t change the program without forewarning the same person.
Take some extra food with you(juice, tinned food, chocolate, dried fruit) warm clothes and a rain jacket.
Carry a flashlight and extra batteries.
Take a mobile telephone with you; even where there is no network connection, dial the emergency number 112 and it will search for another available network.
In case of interruptions on the way due to any obstruction ( or heavy rain or strong winds), turn back using the same route. Do not take risks.
In case of an accident, use the 112 telephone number to alert the authorities immediately. If this is not possible, continue on the route in either direction until you can get through.
Give information on the occurrence, place of the accident, number of persons involved and the probable state of the victims.
Efficient help depends on your providing clear information.
CIVIL PROTECTION - 291 700 112
EMERGENCY NUMBER - 112