Vereda do Larano

From: 37/per person

Quick Details

  • Availability: Thursday.
  • } Duration: In total, including with transportation this tour takes about 6 hours, being the hiking time around 4 hours.
  • Distance: 12 Km.
  • Highest Point: 350m.
  • Lowest Point: 100m.
  • Location: Porto da Cruz.
  • Difficult: Moderate.

From: 37/per person

Vereda do Larano

Highlight:
  • The coastal path from Machico to Porto da Cruz was for centuries the shortest commercial route between the two places.
  • Immerse yourself in the uniquely diverse of landscapes hiking Larano in Madeira Island.
  • Vereda do Larano is beautiful! Caved on the edge of the abyss, very close to the sea, it has superb views over Ponta de São Lourenço, Porto da Cruz and the Penha D’Aguia rock.

About Vereda do Larano

This walk connects Machico to Porto da Cruz through an old footpath once used by the local people to move from one place to another to do exchange business.

The walk starts in the Levada dos Maroços, so the first part of the route is easy walking along a Levada followed with Mimosa trees and agricultural lands.

After enjoying the fantastic views over Machico city, we go up a trail to reach the viewpoint of Boca do Risco, where a superb view awaits us over the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Ponta de São Lourenço, the Penha d’Aguia and, if the weather permits, The Porto Santo Island. Stunning, don’t you think so?

After a short stop to refresh, we continue our walk towards Porto da Cruz, by a coastal path with fascinating views and where you can observe some endemic specimens of Madeira.

The route is quite narrow and vertiginous, being slippery during the wetter months, that’s why this trail is recommended for people used to hiking.

On our way to Porto da Cruz you can see one of the most iconic rock formations of Madeira, Penha D’Aguia. Prepare your camera, for sure you will feel like immortalizing these wonderful moments in a photograph.

After our walk we will stop at the center of Porto da Cruz, here you can visit the famous sugar cane mill, where they extract the juice of the sugar cane for the confection of the brandy “aguardente” or of the honey cane that will lead to our typical honey cake.

FAQs
What’s included on the price?
Official mountain guide, transportation and personal insurance (according with the Portuguese law).
This hike is ideal for me?
Vereda do Larano is a moderate walk and for that reason you will need to have a good physical condition to do it safely. Along the walk we have some parts exposed but very well protected. You will ne to be prepare to some ascents and descents. This walk is not recommended for people with vertigo.
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).
Is a Vereda different than a Levada?
A Vereda is a kind of Footpath and is completely different than a Levada. Most of the levadas are flat paths, while the Veredas are irregular paths with ascents and descents. We can say that the vast majority of the Veredas are more difficult than the Levadas.
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