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Madeira Island Levada Walks

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WELCOME TO MADEIRA ISLAND AND OUR BEAUTIFUL LEVADA WALKS

"Levada" is a Portuguese word derived from the word "levar" - which means to carry and is roughly translated as "carriageway", but more correctly defined as mini-canal. The mini-canals are irrigation systems developed to distribute water from the rainfall heavy and wet regions on the north of Madeira island to the drier sun parched regions of the south. The water is usually stored in reservoirs or tanks, or captured directly from natural fountains to be redirected and channeled across a wide network of winding canals. These narrow water carriageways deliver precious water along far distances to banana plantations, vineyards, fruit orchards and vegetable gardens, as well as to hydro-electric power stations dotted around the island. The levadas criss cross the mountains and cover a total distance of 2500 km, and date back to as far as the early 16th century.

The Levada "Walks" are walking trails along the maintenance paths beside the Levadas. Although the Levadas were constructed primarily for agricultural/industrial use they are just as important for tourists and local people alike who want to enjoy outdoor adventure activities inaccessible by cars.

 

Our Advantages

Our Team

We are a Portuguese company solely dedicated to guided leisure walks. Our tours have been thoughtfully selected and include levada, mountain and ridge walks.

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Explore Madeira

Explore our interesting links related to Madeira island that will help you enjoy your holiday with us much more.

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Safety

In the interest of your safety 'Madeira Explorers' reserves the right to change, postpone or cancel walks without prior notice due to adverse weather conditions, landslides etc.

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Equipment

Sportive shoes with a good grip or walking boots.
If requested Rucksacks and walking sticks can be provided by the organization.

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