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Self-Guided Levada 25 Fontes & Risco in Rabaçal

1. Self-Guided Levada 25 Fontes & Risco in Rabaçal

CHEAPEST & BEST WAY with Do It Madeira! WE PROVIDE SELF GUIDED HIKES FOR HIKERS! Are you interested in the Levada 25 Fontes & Risco (PR6) in Rabaçal? This is a service for you! The 25 Fontes Levada is one of the most popular in Madeira Island. It's name lives up to the number of fountains or little waterfalls that’s possible to count once you arrive there. Starting in Rabaçal and going to the 25 Fontes, the path reveals many landscapes and wonderful sensations. Along the way it’s possible to admire a wide variety of endemic species of the flora and fauna of the region. The Co-Host Filipe will pick you up and drop you off in you accommodation, giving you essential hike information, along some other tips of the Island. - Distance: 10 km (both ways) - Duration: 4:30 hours - Max./Min. Altitude: 1286m/976m Availability: 08.00 AM - 3.00 PM Please contact WhatsApp: +351964449421 VERY IMPORTANT: The weather conditions are very unpredictable in this part of the island, so your reservation could be cancelled or postponed. RNAVT nº 9947

Madeira: West Tour with Porto Moniz and Volcanic Pools

2. Madeira: West Tour with Porto Moniz and Volcanic Pools

Just over three miles from the city of Funchal, the first stop is the famous, quaint fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, a favorite painting spot of the late Winston Churchill. Afterwards, travel up to the magnificent 1,902-feet high, glass balcony view point of Cabo Girão, famous for being the highest in Europe and second-highest cliff in the world. Traveling along the coast of the island, arrive shorty at the village of Ribeira Brava, where you can visit a church dating back to the 15th century. Next, make your way to the 3,303-feet high viewpoint, Encumeada, to enjoy beautiful views over both the north and south coasts of the island, as well as the valleys of Ribeira Brava and São Vicente. From an altitude of between 4,200-4,900 feet, find the tourist attraction Paúl de Serra and it's several levada walks that connect to different points of the island through the Laurissilva forest, such as Rabaçal, Risco, and the 25 fountains. Stop then for lunch (not included) and extra time at the seaside town of Porto Moniz, home to the largest volcanic natural pools of Madeira. On the descent toward the town, enjoy fantastic views, especially those of the volcanic pools in their entirety. In the good weather it is possible to take a dip, so come prepared. Next, enjoy a brief stop overlooking the black sandy beach and natural rock pools of Seixal village. Along the way, you'll have the pleasure of passing several waterfalls, most notably the famous and stunning Bride's Veil. Staring up at the water pouring down the mountain, you can see how the rock-face has been delicately sculpted by the wind and rain over millions of years to form what can only be described as the perfect art form. Following, visit the picturesque neighboring village of São Vicente, where you can check out a beautiful church dating from the 17th century before returning to Funchal.

From Funchal: Skywalk & Rabacal 25 Fountains Levada Walk

3. 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.

Hiking in Madeira: Pico Grande

4. Hiking in Madeira: Pico Grande

Hike up through Pico Grande’s central mountain chain and enjoy breathtaking views of the island’s dramatic volcanic landscapes. Start your hike at Boca da Corrida and set out with your professional, certified mountain guide to cover 9.5km and 600m of vertical gain. At 1654m, Pico Grande is not the highest mountain of Madeira, but it stands at the center of the islands on a ridge that links Madeira’s central mountain range and the high plateau of Paúl da Serra. Pico Grande remains one of the best lookout mountains, offering panoramic views of the Valley of Serra de Agua, Curral das Freiras, and Ribeira Brava Basin. You’ll also get to experience some of Madeira’s high-altitude endemic flora and fauna. At the end of your hike, you'll return to Boca da Corrida for your return trip.

Madeira: Private 1.5-Kilometer Levada dos Balcões Hike

5. 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

6. 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 6-Kilometer Alecrim Levada Hike

7. Madeira: Private 6-Kilometer Alecrim Levada Hike

Once having been collected from your Madeira accommodation, your day out in nature will begin. At the beginning of the descent to the house of Rabaçal, you will discover the entrance to this magnificent journey. It is a short walk of 6 kilometers, which is accessible to anyone. Throughout the hike you can enjoy fantastic views over the Rabaçal. As you hike towards the beginning of the levada, you can enjoy the vast vegetation composed mainly by the Urze and the Uveira da Serra, as well as several species of local fauna of which various birds and cows are the highlights. Enjoy the walk to the beautiful lakes and waterfalls that emerge along the way, where the wonderful Lagoa Dona Beja stands out. Complete with a waterfall that feeds the Lagoa do Vento, you will be able to take pictures of the lagoon before making your way back to the hike's start point. At the conclusion of your hike, you will be returned back to your accommodation.

West Tour Full day 4x4 Jipe Tour Natural Swimming Pools

8. West Tour Full day 4x4 Jipe Tour Natural Swimming Pools

Embark on a guided, multi-stop 4x4 adventure starting in Caniço. Explore Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Seixal, São Vicente, and more. Find unbeatable viewpoints at Paúl da Serra and Ribeira da Janela and marvel at the natural swimming pools at Porto Moniz. After meeting your guide, hop on board and head first to Ribeira Brava for a quick stop to enjoy the small city with the longest and widest ribeira (stream) of the island. Head to Ponta do Sol and Canhas next, two picturesque villages with much to see. The trip continues off-road to Paúl da Serra, a plateau in the center of the island with unique views. Later, there will be the possibility to take a short walk along the levada (approximately 20 minutes). Explore the lush landscape of Paúl da Serra with an altitude of 1500 meters and see Fanal Forest, an area between the mountains of Seixal and Ribeira da Janela with laurel forest classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in views at the Ribeira da Janela viewpoint before heading to Porto Moniz. Be greeted with unforgettable scenery built by natural swimming pools, the highlight of the village of Porto Moniz. These pools, created by volcanic lava, have crystal-clear waters. After a stop for a lunch (at your own expense), continue to Seixal and São Vicente in the afternoon. At 1007 meters high, at the Encumeada Viewpoint, round off your trip with views over the deep valleys of Ribeira Brava (south coast) and São Vicente (north coast).

Madeira: Levada Calheta to Prazeres Private Walking Tour

9. Madeira: Levada Calheta to Prazeres Private Walking Tour

Stroll across the paths of Levada Calheta and Prazeres and discover a variety of plant species. Take in amazing views of the surrounding landscape along the way. Begin in Calheta with a stroll along Regional Road 211 and towards Prazeres village, following a vibrant path. Discover several species of flora, such as acacias, eucalyptus, pine, and wildflowers. Stop to look around and let yourself be dazzled by the beautiful landscapes that arise along the way. Explore a little more of the natural beauty of this region, including the human presence that gives it life. Find various dirt roads that cross the route of the Levada and continue your way following the channel of water until you arrive at the Levadeiro house. Take a moment to pause and enjoy the beautiful nature as your tour comes to a close.

Madeira: Private Levada Ribeiro Frio - Portela Walk

10. 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.

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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.

This tour was a great option for us since we wanted to do the hike at our own pace. You have plenty of time to complete both 25 fontes and the risco hike. Philipe is an amazing guide who gives much information about the hike itself but also tells you a lot about the island on the way. When we finished the hike he offered to take a longer route so we could see the coastline and a waterfall that falls on the road. It was a great experience. Would definitely recommend!

Felipe, our driver, was very friendly, picked us up early in the morning to ensure that we could enjoy the trail before it became crowded and gave us ample time. On the way back, he took us to see a waterfall that falls upon a road and gave us lots of useful information about the area. He was very friendly, cheerful and kind, and also arranged for relevant information to be sent to us by Logan in the office. I would highly recommend using this service.

Beautiful excursion thanks to the precious indications of Filipe, the concentrations of tourist groups are avoided and therefore the most beautiful waterfalls are better appreciated. The stop at the waterfall of angels is also beautiful.

The guy that took us to Lavada explained the trail and after it took us to few other places gave some advices on what to do, eat and drink. Would definitely recomend them