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From Funchal: Skywalk & Rabacal 25 Fountains Levada Walk

1. From Funchal: Skywalk & Rabacal 25 Fountains Levada Walk

Depart Funchal and journey west to the Paul da Serra viewpoint in Calheta. Upon arrival, embark on a hike of the famous Levada das 25 Fontes e Risco walk and encounter the amazing waterfalls that give the nature trail its name. Then, go to Pico da Urze for lunch in a typical restaurant at your own expense. Continue off-road to the village of Ponta do Sol to see the stunning south coast of Madeira. Get bird's eye views from the coastal town of Ribeira Brava. Make your way to the highest cliff in Europe at Cabo Girão for stunning vistas 580 meters above sea level.

Madeira: Private 1.5-Kilometer Levada dos Balcões Hike

2. Madeira: Private 1.5-Kilometer Levada dos Balcões Hike

Once having been collected from your Madeira accommodation, drive through the mountains before arriving to Ribeiro Frio. Following a short but grandeur walk through the beautiful Laurisilva Forest, arrive to the fabulous Balcões’ belvedere. From this belvedere it’s possible to contemplate the many peaks of Madeira Island, from which Pico Ruivo and Pico do Areeiro stand the highest. Pico do Gato, Pico das Torres, and the well-known Penhad’Águia also constitute part of this breathtaking scenery. This area is also ideal for bird watching, due to the fact that it is home to a huge variety of different species. These birgs include the firecrest, the chaffinch, grey wagtails, blackbirds, robins, buzzards, and the very rare Madeira's long-toed pigeon.

Madeira: Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio Private Walk

3. Madeira: Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio Private Walk

Journey from the center of Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio, two of the main points of interest on Madeira Island, visited not only by tourists but also by residents. Walk through a forest road passing by the Trout Fishing Park, where you can relax for a while, having a tea or simply enjoying the surroundings. Immerse yourself in the amazing nature at the Levada, enjoying every step while you appreciate the wide variety of endemic flora and fauna of Madeira Laurisilva. Discover open areas that offer magnificent views of the valley and peaks of the island. Continue walking along the levada, enjoying the energy of all this pure nature surround you.

Madeira: Private Levada Ribeiro Frio - Portela Walk

4. Madeira: Private Levada Ribeiro Frio - Portela Walk

This tour ranges in altitude from 641-886 meters. You'll begin at Ribeiro Frio and end at Portela, covering a distance of 11 kilometers. This trail is a real stunner even for the seasoned traveler, without a doubt one of the most beautiful in Madeira. Enjoy the natural heritage of the island and its endemic species of flora and fauna. The magnificent vegetation will envelop and recharge you in its oh-so-peaceful environs. Watch sunbeams peak cheekily between the laurels and other plants of the area, birds cooing gently all the while. On this softly quiet walk, you will progress parallel to the lovely levada that flows along the trail.

Madeira: Levada Brasileiro to Moinhos Private Walking Tour

5. Madeira: Levada Brasileiro to Moinhos Private Walking Tour

Inspire the soul and the spirit as you hike with a variety of landscapes and terrain that awakes all the senses, in a truly unique experience within the region of Madeira. Begin with a descent to Levada do Brasileiro, with a rather irregular, and steep path that goes deeper into the heart of the Laurissilva forest until you reach the levada. Continue your trail along the water in a rustic surrounding, with endemic species of flora and fauna. Visit the Lagoa do Bardo and enjoy a break before continuing along a pleasant path with open fields with denser vegetation, and taking in the beautiful views. Walk through Levada do Moinho until you find the forest road which you should take to return to the road, near to the starting point.

Madeira: Caminho Real da Encumeada Private Walk

6. Madeira: Caminho Real da Encumeada Private Walk

This walk is approximately 11.7 km with a duration of 4-5 hours. The highest altitude is 1322 m., the lowest, 830 m. Along the way the views of Curral das Freitas (Nun’s Valley), located in the center of the island, as well as the village of Encumeada, emerge and deserve your contemplation. Walk among endemic species of the flora and fauna of Madeira Island, such as the laurel, Vinhático, Til, Firecrest, Chanffinch, Kestrel, and many others. Gorgeous lagoons and waterfalls abound, and birds beckon you chirpily as you take advantage of wildlife photo opps for posterity.

Madeira: Private Guided Levada do Norte Walk

7. Madeira: Private Guided Levada do Norte Walk

The Levada do Norte is one of the largest and most important of the island, which runs through much of the region. This magnificent stretch of the Levada do Norte begins just below the well known Cabo Girão, leading hikers to the area of Boa Morte in Ribeira Brava. It is a very pleasant and easy trail that can be done all-year-round, as it is located in the southern part of the island, where the climate is milder. Along the way, you can enjoy the fantastic views that arise, which highlight the parishes of Câmara de Lobos and Campanário. In these views the hiker can also observe the green fields, the carefully worked plantations and a set of houses and buildings that form the villages. Occasionally, you may find some locals to the area handling their land, or just taking a walk.

Madeira: Levada Prazeres Private Guided Tour

8. Madeira: Levada Prazeres Private Guided Tour

Get to know the natural landscapes of Madeira on this guided hike through the forest. See wildlife and diverse flora, while learning about the zone from your expert guide. This pleasant walk starts in Prazeres, and travels to the south of the Island to the area of Raposeira. You will be picked up from your accommodation in Madeira by your driver and professional guide and taken to the beginning of the guided tour. Through the Levada, you can see some rich wilderness and wildlife and learn about it all from your expert guide You can enjoy views of the valleys, the eucalyptus and pine trees and learn about the Levadas, which were carved into the cliff to help carry water down to the farms and plantations. You will also pass some traditional houses and their residents at work farming.

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What people are saying about Ribeira Brava

My fiancé and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour on Tuesday 7th June which enabled us to soak in many of the natural wonders of Madeira in the space of a day. We originally were due to do the Rabacal 25 Fountains Levada Walk but due to safety problems on the hike, this was then changed to the Porto Moniz Pools and Skywalk Tour. However, having hiked Pico Ruivo and the Verada da Encumeada the previous day, a swim in the Porto Moniz pools was the perfect remedy for the sore limbs and sun-kissed skin picked up from our hike. Our designated guide and driver, Diogo, was incredibly knowledgeable in his description of the history, geography and culture of Madeira. It was clear in his stories how proud and passionate he is of his home and we were lucky beneficiaries of his knowledge as well as his personal recommendations for the best places to eat/drink/visit on the island.

The guide/driver was genuinely very funny. Honestly I just found it incredibly impressive the sheer effort he put in. He talked to every couple as we joined the jeep to build rapport and was constantly cracking jokes, some good banter and some flat, but I really enjoyed it! He kept us upbeat but the main thing that came across was his extreme depth of knowledge of fauna, Madeira and customer service. It was incredibly informative and probably the most professional tour I’ve ever had. The walk + lunch + off-road + skywalk offered great balance & the shortcut on 25 fontes was a life saver, on the way back that became clear. This was likely the best value for money experience in Madeira we had!

Our tourguide Ruben was amazing. He was extremely friendly and shared a lot of knowledge about Madeira with us. We will definitely recommend this trip to friends and family.

Great guide great day. We were taken to a lovely restaurant for lunch. It's extra cost but really nice. Thank you

Absolutely exceptional guide: funny, personal, insightful. Excellent tour, great day. Go for it!