Madeira Island is filled with irrigation canals, the Levadas. This short hike takes you along the Levada do Norte, one of the most significant of the island, located in an elevated part of the island. You'll find stunning viewpoints along the way and go through a beautiful forest with various species.
N.B. The altitude displayed is most probably over estimated as the trail is relatively flat along the Levada following the contour line.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Start from Bocca da Encumeada, accessed by a road that crosses the island through its breadth between Sao Vicente to the north and Ribeira Brava to the south.
The entire hike goes along the Levada do Norte, leaving no room for itinerary mistakes.
(D) Follow the road leading to Ribeira over a few metres then climb the stairs to the right reaching the Levada (sign indicating "Folhadal"). Follow the Levada heading west then steer due south-west. After approximately 1 km you'll reach the entrance to a tunnel on the right-hand side.
(1)Go through the tunnel, over roughly 500 m and get to the other side.
(2) Out of the tunnel, shrub vegetation surrounds the area and the path along the Levada is narrower. Keep going along the Levada until you get to another tunnel.
(3) Follow the same trail for the way back.
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 1.16 - alt. km 1.16 - First tunnel - Entrance/Exit east
2 : km 1.7 - alt. km 1.7 - First tunnel - Entrance/Exit west
3 : km 2.67 - alt. km 2.67 - Second tunnel
D/A : km 5.33 - alt. km 5.33
Good sports shoes are sufficient for this hike. A headlamp or a flashlight are a must to go through the tunnel.
Although the route seems straightforward, a map is always useful.
Bring a water supply.
Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
During the first part of the trail, between (D) and (1), the area is surrounded by flowers (depending on season) and to the left there are beatiful views of Pico Grande and the south coast of the island.
After the first tunnel, between (2) and (3), you'll find yourself in a rich and diverse shrubby area, and more of a primitive vibe.
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It runs along the three very different Levadas, all interconnected by sloping paths. The route covers a varied landscape, crossing over diverse vegetation, and with beautiful views of the waterfalls. A hike whose direction and length can be adjusted depending on wishes or circumstances.
N.B. The displayed altitude difference is higher than reality (and consequently so is the average time for completion). Expect more in the realm of 600 metres in altitude.
Climb to the highest point of the island of Madeira, taking the easier route. Beautiful mountain scenery and a superb 360° panorama at the top.
Climb to the highest point of the island of Madeira, and by the road less travelled. A long and demanding hike in diverse environments. Beautiful viewpoints on the route and, at the top, a beautiful 360° view.
N.B. Due to the steep crags of Madeira, the displayed altitude difference is overestimated and, therefore, so is the estimate of the time. Expect the elevation to be more in the order of 1,200 m in both directions.
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