Levada Trails Of Madeira

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Run by: Explore

Reference number: TM

From: £644.00

Dramatic Northern Coast
Starting in the east, we plan a walk on the Sao Lourenço peninsula along a spectacular cliff path. We'll see many vineyards, and perhaps later try the famous Madeira wine. From Sao Jorge we take a path winding through forests above the coast from Pico das Pedras to Ilha. Then it's a dramatic drive along the northern coast to the rock pools of Porto Moniz. The road is squeezed between the Atlantic and the mountains, with waterfalls tumbling over the cliffs, and the occasional wave breaking over it!

Traditional Levadas
Next we head for Madeira's southern slopes and begin our explorations of the levadas - an ingenious open irrigation system originally built by the first settlers to water their sugar and banana plantations. The levadas follow the natural contours of the land, and we trail these silvery channels on the high moors where goats roam among the gorse and bilberries. Based at Ribeira Brava our next walk takes us down from the island's highest pass and reveals a remarkable panorama of towering peaks and lush valleys.

Rocky Peaks & Funchal
On our final day of walking, we crown the week with the spectacular 'balcony walk' to Pico Ruivo - Madeira's highest peak (1862m). We then head to Funchal where there is time to explore the harbour and tree-lined avenues, or visit the botanical gardens at Monte. Alternatively, you can take a boat to Porto Santo with it's sandy beaches or do any one of several local walks.

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