Walking along a levada is one of the most exciting experiences to have on the island. There are more than 3,000 km of irrigation channels that guide you through the most beautiful landscapes of the island!
Coming to Madeira and not going for a walk alongside a "levada” or on a mountain trail, is missing one of the most exciting experiences that a hiker can have!
Cultural and environmental factors have made walking along levadas one of Madeira’s most traditional and popular outdoor activities. The levadas are highly sought after throughout the year, both by residents and by visitors, who access the heart of the island this way.
Usually open and on the ground, some levadas are “torn” into the rocks into deep valleys, while others cross mountains from north to south, through tunnels that are hundreds of meters long. In these levadas you can enjoy the best views and benefit from genuine symbiosis between humans and Nature.
There are more than 200 “levadas” surrounding the valleys and mountains, with a total of 3,000 km in the combined protected areas, including the Madeira Natural Park and the Funchal Ecological Park.