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Madeira: Private Levada dos Cardais Walk

Product ID: 382334
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Travel along the Levada dos Cardais or Levada Nova, one of Madeira's many levadas. Explore up to the fertile valley of São Vicente between Lameiros and Cardais, where the trail ends.
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Duration: 3 hours
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Pickup is available from anywhere in Machico, Santana, Porto da Cruz, Faial, and Caniçal.

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Experience

Highlights
  • Walk along a beautiful natural green trail in the Laurissilva Forest
  • Take in the amazing views of the forest and surrounding landscape
  • Enjoy the intimacy of a private tour
Full description
Your walk, known as Levada dos Cardais or Levada Nova, begins on Terra do Galo/Barros, before traveling along the Valley of São Vicente between Lameiros and Cardais where it ends. Just like the many levadas of Madeira Island, this levada was built in order to help the watering of agricultural land in this area, allowing the development of plantations of a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the year.

Along the walk, you can enjoy the magnificent natural landscapes through which you can admire the beauty of the fabulous Valley of São Vicente, the islet of Porto Moniz, Ribeira da Janela (Eira da Achada), and Seixal.

Note that throughout the course there is a connection to the Grutas de São Vicente, the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Fátima, and the museum Rota da Cal, which are interesting areas with high geological interest and an excellent choice for those who want to discover more about the origins of the Pearl of Atlantic. At the end of the trail you may choose to take a break, before you return using same route.
Includes
  • Driver/local guide
  • Private pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation by private vehicle
  • WiFi onboard
  • Flashlight (when applicable)
  • Insurance
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Clothing
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Your guides will pick you up outside on the pier next to your cruise ship.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
Not allowed
  • Unaccompanied minors
Know before you go
• Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level to partake in this tour
• Children must be accompanied by an adult
• The tour ranges in altitude from 160-200 meters
• The tour begins and ends in São Vicente, covering a distance of 8 kilometers
• You are responsible for all your clothing for the activity