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Referta to Castelejo is an easy 5.5km walk that takes about 2 hours with a guide. A guided walk is a good idea as you are transported there and back, with explanations of what you are seeing and passing by.
This walk gives an on-site into the subsistence farming on this steep rocky land. Every flat piece is land is planted and farmed by hand. The levada is obviously essential to provide water to these inaccessible farms
Nice flat walk but has many tour parties...More
We started at the end of the Levada just above Porto da Cruz and walked past several gardens/farmed areas prior to getting the wilder parts of the levada. In hindsight I probably would not bother with this first part and start from just off the...More
We did this easy 5.5 kms, mostly flat, but really nice walk. The company is called "Levada walking tours" I believe. The guide was Samuel, very good English and German speaking, who gave us a lot of information about this water-system, and showed us many...More
Access from expressway and follow campo do fotball signs. There is parking there and a path up the hill to the levada. From here you have two walks. Right takes you to the wild. The path is narrow but easy walking. The guide books show...More
We went on 3 levada walks and this was probably the most enjoyable because it was not as enclosed by trees as the others and it was easier to enjoy the views. Since it follows the contours of the hills it is fairly level, but...More
The satnav in our hire car got us there but make sure you turn your car around further up the road so that you are facing downhill when you park, we got there early and the road was full when we got back. A gentle...More
I have my favourite places on the islands, most of them levadas, and this is one of those I keep returning to. The bus from Funchal to Cruz leaves 10:00 and takes about an hour and a half, there are several options available to return...More
Sometimes it's important to take the time to look back and see where you've been.
We combined this walk with a forest walk that starts in Sao Roque do Faial. The forest walk opened in 2011 is quite steep in places and not recommended for...More