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Laurissilva Forest

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16 Dec 2017
“Primitive Laurissilva / Laurel Forest”
1 Dec 2016
This type of wild and scenic forest landscape is fast becoming a rare sight along the Mediterranean, and Madeira is one of the few places where they still exist.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Er 209, Madeira 6160-206, Portugal
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Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

On the slope facing North is the primitive Laurissilva Forest. We stopped by to admire and hug the tree, thanking it for offering shelter, fresh air and greenery to us. It is especially precious as we don’t have this in our tiny small country in...More

1  Thank Peggy T
Reviewed 1 December 2016

Imposing and lush vegetation, many species of plants. This is a real forest, not just big shrubs like on the Canary Islands.

2  Thank swrtbvghjh
Reviewed 22 October 2016

We came across the forest while driving on route E 209 from Ribiera Da Janela, southwards, on a foggy day which added to the atmosphere. The scenes of the forest were unique. Just watchout not to skid ...

4  Thank myifrach
Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

No idea why so few reviews and I know not many people go there prefering widely advertised levada walks. This is a fantastic place, one feels like in an ancient forest from Talkien books. When we were there, there was a thick fog but it...More

6  Thank Nata_creator
Reviewed 21 May 2016

Full day coach tour from Funchal to the North West of the island. one of the highlights was to go through the Laurel Forest on our way to the Northern resort of Porto Moniz. We were very disappointed when approaching the forest area we were...More

Thank cawkyScarborough
Reviewed 15 May 2016

This ancient woodland is one of many Unesco World Heritage sites which no visitor to Madeira should leave without seeing. I chose to see it as part of a guided levada walk from Ribeiro Frio to Portella, the last few kms of which are spent...More

7  Thank June A
Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

There are several trails in Laurisilva, we did the Levada do Furado, which is 11 km between Ribeiro Frio to Porto da Cruz. We took bus 56 at 8 in the morning and bus 53 from Porto da Cruz back. It was just us and...More

4  Thank ScorpioX
Reviewed 16 April 2016

We picked a short circular walk starting at the forestry building at Fanal from a book. Starting up and across moorland with cows grazing and then dropped down a narrow track with wooden steps. Turned onto PR13 and were soon walking through ancient laurel trees...More

3  Thank John L
Reviewed 16 January 2016

One of the last places on Earth one can find the Laurisilva. As UNESCO put it "an outstanding relict of a previously widespread laurel forest type. It is the largest surviving area of laurel forest and is believed to be 90% primary forest. It contains...More

5  Thank Ben F
Reviewed 14 November 2015

Lovely area, well worth taking the time to plan a walk here. Unique habitat, green verdant and totally tranquil when we visited

1  Thank mitiros
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2 September 2015|
Response from MesiFa |
Sure. There are few parking places near the Laurel Forest, but you can park the car also on the edge of the road.
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