Levada do Rei

From: 37/per person

Quick Details

  • Availability: Saturday.
  • } Duration: In total, including with transportation this tour takes about 7 hours, being the hiking time around 4 hours.
  • Distance: 10,5 Km.
  • Highest Point: 710m.
  • Lowest Point: 530m.
  • Location: São Jorge.
  • Difficult: Moderate.

From: 37/per person

Levada do Rei

Highlight:
  • This enchanting levada walk along the “king´s levada” leads through a fairly pristine Laurel forest, penetrating deep into the delightful valley of the Ribeiro Bonito.
  • When you dive in the interior of the forest you will discover a luxurious levada walk that is over five centuries old.
  • Walking this amazing levada walk Is like hiking in a natural museum a lifetime experience.

About Levada do Rei

The Levada do Rei begins in the Water Treatment Station in Quebradas in São Jorge. This route skirts the valley of São Jorge, where we can observe some herbs and medicinal plants and at the same time learn a little about them.

Initially we will walk in an exotic forest composed by some introduced flora specimens, where we can observe the fantastic agricultural landscapes of São Jorge and Santana.

After a few minutes, we get into one of the best-preserved areas of the Laurissilva Forest (World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1999) where we observe a wide variety of plants.
As for bird species, we can highlight the “Firecrest” and the friendly Chaffinch.

We walk through a waterfall before we finish the first part of our journey, arriving at Ribeiro Bonito, an isolated spot of Madeira, where the only thing you can hear is the sounds of the mother nature.

After a few minutes of rest, we go back round the same track.

FAQs
What is a levada walk?
The Levadas are a series of channels carved into in the cliff faces, carrying water from the mountainous north to the farms and plantations of the south, the oldest of which have been around for over 500 years. Nowadays are one of the most important touristic attraction on the island.
What’s included on the price?
Official mountain guide, transportation and personal insurance (according with the Portuguese law).
This hike is ideal for me?
The Levada do Rei is an easy/moderate walk and for that reason you will need to have a good physical condition to do it safely. This is an easy and flat walk and there are some parts exposed but very well protected.
What kind of equipment I need to bring?
For this kind of levada walk, we recommend you bring comfortable clothes, rain and sun protection and shoes with good grip (never sandals or flipflop). We also recommend you to bring plenty of water and food.
Is food included on the tour?
The food is not included on the tour, but we have the possibility to provide you a picnic pack (extra cost).
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