Rabaçal

Rabaçal: Our most recommended tours and activities

Madeira Day Trip: Levada Walk in the Rabaçal Valley

1. Madeira Day Trip: Levada Walk in the Rabaçal Valley

Depart Funchal and journey to the start of your walk, where you will follow the routes of the "levada" irrigation system developed in the 16th century by Madeira's first settlers. Descend from the plateau of Paul da Serra to the Rabaçal guesthouse and walk to the waterfall of the Levada do Risco. Continue towards the Levada das 25 Fontes, dominated by moorland at its highest point. Walk until you reach a small lagoon at the bottom of an enormous cliff, and marvel at the sight of 25 natural springs cascading into the lake. Return along a different path, passing through a tunnel that carries water to the south of the island. Admire a wide variety of endemic flora and fauna along the way.

Tour to the West of Madeira

2. Tour to the West of Madeira

Discover the highlights of Madeira's beautiful landscapes and charming towns on this guided tour in a comfortable vehicle, with pickup and drop-off included. Stop at Camara de Lobos, the Ribeira Brava and visit the village of São Vicente. After pick-up from your hotel, make your way to Camara de Lobos where beautiful landscapes were painted by Sir Winston Churchill in the 1950s. The drive takes you along the old narrow roads of Estreito de Camara de Lobos, where the vines were first introduced and still exist today. Admire the banana plantations and sugarcane on the steepy terraces that sometimes are difficult to get to. Visit Madeira's pride and Cabo Girão, the highest sea cliff in Europe and the second-highest in the world. Discover the breathtaking views over the mountains and sea and old agricultural terraces still planted today. Then, the route descends to Ribeira Brava, visit old monuments including the church. Continue the drive through to Paul da Serra Madeira´s popular flat plateau at 1500m above sea level. Embrace the beautiful laurel forest views through Madeira´s little green Scotland, where the oldest Laurel Trees and endemic vegetation that grows and embraces the long Rabaçal Valley, to Porto Moniz valley, well known for its natural volcanic pools in the summer. Spend 2 hours and in the winter 1 and half hours there. A stop for lunch or a light snack follows after (not included in the price). The tour continues along the north coast where waterfalls are visible. Drive through the village of Seixal, well known for its black natural volcanic beach and wine terraces which continues right through São Vicente. Appreciate Portugal's own little "Hawai" due to the high wave attraction in the winter and surfing attraction nature will escort up to the Encumeada Pass, where the North meets the South at 1007 meters above sea level (this stop will depend on the weather conditions). At the end of the tour you will be dropped back at your hotel.

Madeira Walks - Rabaçal and the 25 Fountains

3. Madeira Walks - Rabaçal and the 25 Fountains

Discover the waterfalls of Rabaçal on this guided hike. Enjoy hotel pickup and drop-off in an airconditioned bus from several points on the island of Madeira. Immerse yourself in the unique flora and fauna of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation and sit back and relax on the drive to the Rabaçal reserve. Follow your guide on a trail of intense natural beauty that is brimming with waterfalls. Look for local flora and fauna as you walk through this lush wonderland. Pass by 25 natural springs which fall into a small crystal clear lake that is surrounded by dense vegetation. Listen to the falling water and the chirping of birds. Return to your accommodation by bus at the end of your tour.

From Funchal: Rabacal Park Transfer & Self-Guided Hiking

4. From Funchal: Rabacal Park Transfer & Self-Guided Hiking

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 host will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation, giving you essential hike information, along some other tips of the Island.

Madeira: Jeep 4x4 Safari Tour with Porto Moniz Natural Pools

5. Madeira: Jeep 4x4 Safari Tour with Porto Moniz Natural Pools

Uncover the beauty of the countryside of Madeira on a jeep tour from Funchal. Travel to locations like Cabo Girão cliff and the village of Lugar de Baixo. Take pictures of a viewpoint overlooking the valley of Encumeada. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Funchal. Sit back and relax on the way to the charming red-roofed town of Câmara de Lobos. Climb up to the cliff of Cabo Girão which is 580 meters above of sea level. View the island from a glass platform.  Continue to the sea village of Lugar de Baixo. Begin an ascent from sea level into the mountains along an ancient path. See how local people live and how they work the agricultural terraces of banana trees, vineyards, and various other crops.  Pass through the forest, mountains, and valleys until you reach the Loch of the Moor. Admire the magnificent view of the valley of Encumeada and Serra de Água. Head through the scenic countryside of Bica da Cana, Paul da Serra, and Fanal. Reach the village of Ribeira da Janela to see the northwest coast of the Island. Drive back down to sea level to visit the coast and take in ocean views. Have the chance to stop and purchase lunch in Vila do Porto Moniz.  After lunch, you can purchase entrance to the natural pools in Porto Moniz which were created by the porous shape of the volcanic rocks. Go to the Village of Seixal to visit the waterfall of the Véu da Noiva. Finish your tour with a drive through São Vicente before heading back to Funchal.

Madeira: Private Levada do Risco Hiking Tour with Transfer

6. Madeira: Private Levada do Risco Hiking Tour with Transfer

Visit one of the Emblematic Levadas in the Rabaçal area, the Levada do Risco, at 1000m of altitude above sea level, taking you to an impressive waterfall, which falls horizontally creating a white ridge in the dark rock. This is a Small Levada Walk with approximately 3km, it is a roundtrip Levada itinerary that will take us to see the amazing high waterfall. For those who want to experience a small version of what is a Levada water course, it is recommended for beginners.

Madeira: Levada do Paúl da Serra Private Walk

7. Madeira: Levada do Paúl da Serra Private Walk

Journey through Levada do Paul da Serra, 1400 meters above sea level. Take in the beautiful natural surroundings and stroll along the mountain trail. Begin your journey from Levada do to Paúl da Serra, starting in the plateau, 1400 meters above sea level. Experience one of the most spectacular hikes throughout the island. Continue towards Paúl da Serra, following the opposite direction, for about 5 kilometers. Arrive at the emblematic Rabaçal area, where a great variety of pedestrian routes begins, such as Levada do Alecrim, 25 fontes and more. Discover one of the most important zones of the island that generates renewable energy, as well as solar panels. Walk side by side with the Levada, following the flow of water. Make some breaks along the way and enjoy nature and its scenic surrounding. Keep caution, as you may come across a few cows along the way.

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What people are saying about Rabaçal

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,211 reviews

Great experience, the self guided hike meant could explore at own pace. Logan organised everything, sent us all the information prior to journey which was super helpful especially regarding weather conditions, and kept us updated during the experience (plus she would check in to make sure everything was ok). Our driver Filipe was fantastic, he was extremelly knowledgeable, we loved his energy and recommendations on places to go during our stay in madeira.

We had a wonderful day with Lucy from Secret Madeira. She was so informative and funny, with fabulous stories and information about Madeiran history, botany, landscapes and pinga pinga. She looked after our group so well. Can’t wait to come back! Thank you.

The tour was really nice. Tony, our tour guide is really informative and brings us a lot of view points. He also explained a lot about the island, culture and vegetation which was very interesting to hear! I highly recommend and thanks for the amazing day!

Our guide was informative, with nice character. The walk was beautiful. This tour was very worth the cost.

Our guide, Miguel, was brilliant. The views are outstanding, even if it is raining!