Levadas & Hiking Trails in Madeira, Portugal

Top 10 Levadas & Nature Trails


With its many gorgeous mountains and waterfalls, it’s no surprise that Madeira has long been referred to as a “hiker’s paradise”. Many of these trails follow the old irrigation canals called “levadas” that were used bring water from the north side of the island to the south. Although still used today, many of these canals are also widely used for walking. No matter your preference or experience level, there are many different types of trails all over Madeira. Beginners or those looking for a more leisurely nature walk should stick to the south side of the island, while those looking for a more exhilarating trekking experience should head north to the mountainous side of the island.


Discover the Breathtaking Beauty of Madeira Island's Pico do Arieiro Hiking Trail


1. Vereda do Arieiro - Pico Ruivo

For avid hikers and nature enthusiasts, Madeira Island's Pico Ruivo is an absolute must-visit destination.

Distance: VN 7,4km and VS 8,7km

Degree of difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 3:30h

Start/End: Pico do Areeiro/ Pico Ruivo

Max. Altitude/Min. Altitude:1862 m / 1542 m


2. Vereda dos Balcões

If you're looking for a more leisurely hiking experience, the Vereda dos Balcões hiking trail in Madeira Island is a perfect choice

Distance: 1,5 Km (+ 1,5 Km return)

Degree of difficulty: Easy

Duration: 1:30h

Start/End: E.R. 103 (Ribeiro Frio) / E.R. 103 (Ribeiro Frio)

Max. Altitude/Min. Altitude: 630 m / 630 m


3. Levada do Alecrim

The Levada do Alecrim trail is perfect for those who want to experience Madeira Island's natural beauty in a unique and memorable way

Distance: 1,8m (+ 1,8km return)

Degree of difficulty: Easy

Duration: 1,5 hours

Start/End: Rabaçal Shelter / Lagoa do Vento

Max. Altitude/Min. Altitude: 1600 m / 200 m


4. Levada do Caldeirão Verde

The Levada do Caldeirão hiking trail in Madeira Island offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life

Distance: 6,5 Km (+ 6,5 Km return)

Degree of difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 5:30 hours

Start/End: Queimadas Forestry Park / Queimadas Forestry Park

Max. Altitude/Min. Altitude: 980 m / 890 m


5. Vereda do Fanal

The Vereda do Fanal hiking trail in Madeira Island is a hidden gem for those seeking to explore the island's enchanting Laurissilva forest

Distance: 10.8 Km/ 5,6 Km

Degree of difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 4 hours

Start/End: E.R. 209 Assobiadores / E.R. 209 Fanal

Max. Altitude/Min. Altitude: 1420 m / 1130 m

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6. Vereda da Ponta de São Lourenço 

The Ponta de São Lourenço hiking trail in Madeira is a thrilling adventure that takes you to the rugged easternmost point of the island

Distance: 4 Km (+ 4 Km return)

Degree of difficulty: Moderate

Start/End: E.R. 109 (Baía d’Abra - Caniçal) / E.R. 109 (Baía d’Abra - Caniçal)

Max. Altitude/Min. Altitude: 110 m / 5 m



7. Levada das 25 Fontes

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The Levada das 25 Fontes hiking trail is a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Distance: 4,6 Km (+ 4,6 Km return)

Degree of difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 3h

Start/End: Casa de Abrigo do Rabaçal / E.R.110 (Rabaçal, Paul da Serra)

Max. Altitude/Min. Altitude: 1290 m / 900 m


8. Vereda das Queimadas

The Vereda Das Queimadas trail is a fantastic hiking experience steeped in history and natural beauty

Distance: 2,1Km

Degree of difficulty: Easy

Duration: 45 minutes

Start/End: Queimadas / Pico das Pedras

Max. Altitude/Min. Altitude: 890 m / 870 m


9. Vereda do Pico Branco e Terra Chã

If you're looking for a challenging yet rewarding hike in Porto Santo, Portugal, the Pico Branco and Terra Chã trail is the perfect choice

Distance: 2,7 km

Degree of difficulty: Easy

Duration: 1:30h

Max. Altitude/Min. Altitude: 450 m / 184 m


10.  Vereda do Pico do Castelo 

The Pico do Castelo hike in Porto Santo, Portugal is one of the island's most scenic adventures

Distance: 3,2 Km /4,6 km

Degree of difficulty: Easy

Duration: 1,30hr/2,15hr

Max. Altitude/Min. Altitude: 435 m / 225 m


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