This is the perfect walk for families, even if you have kids who are always asking to go back to the car or to the beach because they’re fed up with walking. It’s short and flat and only 3 km there and back. It is in Santana county and easily reached by car. It ends at a beautiful viewpoint, which is perfect for shouting out “world, I’ve arrived.”
Here’s a little lesson right off the bat, because you probably don’t know what a levada is and we’re here to point you in the right direction and not to judge. Levadas are small irrigation channels made of stone that channel water from one area to another. They date from the 15th century, when they were created to carry and distribute water from the wettest parts of the north of the island to parts farther south. During one of these walks, you will enter the countryside on the path that follows the levada. Many of the levadas run through the Laurissilva forest, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1999 and one of the seven wonders of Portugal. They have different levels of difficulty – depending on your level of physical fitness and your group’s fitness level: some are ideal for families while others are only suitable for those who are more fit.
There are also people who come to Madeira from all over the world to take part in the Madeira Island Ultra Trail (MIUT) – a mountain trail run that takes in the island’s tallest peaks, on trails starting at 16 km. You don't have to be a professional and get into this business straight away (but you can set a goal now). For fans of walking, jogging, running, trail running, trekking, people-watching and bird-watching, we recommend routes in various parts of the island to get you lacing up your boots. With greater or lesser intensity, under or over the clouds, these trails will help you discover some of the most beautiful places on Madeira. Just don’t forget to wear comfortable footwear.