Paseo por el valle de Rabaçal: Join us on a relaxing walk into the heart of Madeira’s countryside – the Valley of Rabaçal.
* A moderately easy route along the levada mini-canals let by a certified mountain guide
* Be impressed by the enchanting 25 fountains
* 11km walk through emerald green valleys
The Levada walks are trails that follow the open canal system that criss-cross the mountains dating back to the 16th century. Developed to distribute water from the wet regions of the north to the sunnier and drier regions of the south, they consequently make easy, yet no less impressive, walks through the verdant countryside of Madeira.
We travel to the Valley of Rabaçal, a spell-binding place that is one of the most popular walks in the region. Walk through sparkling emerald green valleys descending from the plateau of Paúl da Serra, passing the guesthouse of Rabaçal, continuing along to the enchanting waterfalls. Admire the 100m high Risco waterfall on our way down to the 25 fountains of Levada, after which we reach a small lake located at the bottom of a cliff which towers high above. Feel the cool mist against your face as you watch the 25 natural springs cascading into the lake before returning to the vehicles through a tunnel used to carry water to the south of the island.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Start/opening time: between 8:15am – 8:30am for hotels in Machico.
8:30 – 8:45am for hotels in Caniço.
9am – 9:15am for hotels in Funchal.
End/closing time: Between 4pm and 5pm.
Languages: English, German and French.
Others: Please allow a margin of 15 minutes from the stipulated pick up times between hotels.
Should your hotel be situated at any other area on the Island, pick up points and times are by arrangement, only.
For safety reasons, the walks may be changed, postponed or cancelled at short notice due to adverse weather conditions, landslides, etc.
As some of the walks are slippery at times, good footwear is essential - shoes with good grip or walking boots, and be prepared for all weather conditions.
If requested rucksacks and walking sticks can be provided by the organization. Moderate walk.
Walking time: +4 hours.
Distance: 11 Km.