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Madeira: Private 1.5-Kilometer Levada dos Balcões Hike

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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: Levada Prazeres Private Guided Tour

6. 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 Porto Moniz

Pleasant tour, not difficult. A good tour to get to know the levadas. The guide was very nice and told us a lot of interesting things about the levadas, but also about Madeira in general.