Levada dos Maroços

From: 27/per person

Quick Details

  • Availability: Sunday.
  • } Duration: In total, including with transportation this tour takes about 4 hours, being the hiking time around 2 hours.
  • Distance: 6,5 Km.
  • Highest Point: 250m.
  • Lowest Point: 250m.
  • Location: Machico.
  • Difficult: Relaxing levada walk.

From: 27/per person

Levada dos Maroços

Highlight:
  • An impressive easy levada walk in any season through one of Madeira’s lush valleys above the Southeast coast with wonderful view.
  • The flower lined levada winding through cultivated terraces will captivate you with beautiful views over Machico and the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Few hours spent in a typical environment of Madeira.

About Levada dos Maroços

The Levada dos Maroços is a easy but really beautiful “Madeira Levada walk”, this “levada” takes place in the valley of the city of Machico that is the second largest town in Madeira Island and is located east of the Capital Funchal. Machico was the first city to be discovered in 1419 by the portuguese navigators Tristão Vaz Teixeira and João Gonçalves Zarco. The side valleys of the “Ribeira de Machico” are particularly lovely in the spring when the Acacia is flowering. Along the “levada” walk you will have the opportunity to observe the only irrigation channel (levada walk) in the dry north-east of Madeira Island. Discover the stunning views over the bay of Machico and observe the famous “Poios Madeirenses” (agricultural terraces). You may be lucky enough to taste some of the fresh fruit that some farmers sell along the Levada. The forest in this walk is an exotic forest introduced by the people from Madeira and composed by Acacias and some Pines trees.

The location of Madeira, the climate and the mountainous relief allow an enormous assortment of crops to be cultivated, in this agriculture areas grow a lot of tropical fruits and also some vegetables. People from Madeira island really need the irrigation channels called “levadas” in order to bring the water from the north of the island to the south for irrigation proposes. Along the levada dos Maroços our mountain guide will explain you the importance of this levadas in the agriculture of Madeira.

FAQs
What’s included on the price?
Official mountain guide, transportation and personal insurance (according with the Portuguese law).
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.
This hike is ideal for me?
The levada do Maroços is an easy levada walk, to do it you don´t need to be a hiking expert you just need to be in relatively good shape to hike during approximately 2 hours. If you hear about Levadas and you are curious about it this is the best walk for start exploring the island.
What kind of equipment I need to bring?
For this kind of easy levada walk we recommend you bring comfortable clothes, rain and sun protection and good shoes (never sandals or flipflop). Also, we recommend you to bring plenty of water and some fruit if you want.
Is food included on the tour?
In the easy levada walks the food is not included and we are not able to provide you picnics pack but no worries you will be back at time for the lunch.
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