Hiking Nirvana: the official Madeira List of Walks

Hiking Nirvana: the official Madeira List of Walks

Hiking on Madeira

Madeira is a fantastic destination for hiking lovers.  In fact, that is because Madeira has a huge network of levadas covering large parts of the island. Notably, a levada is a small water channel, typically in concrete. Now there are two interesting rules about levadas (or any aquaduct).  One is that the inclination of its path is barely noticeable. The other is that it requires a footpath alongside to allow for maintenance.   As a result, now combine the characteristics of hundreds of levadas with the geography of Madeira.  You start to understand the tremendous opportunity to explore the guts of this volcanic island…with astonishing ease.


For those who prefer to exercise, choose a ‘vereda’ or a ‘caminho’ (footpath) instead.  Generally speaking, if it is not a levada, than by definition it will tend to be more strenuous…
Surely, you might pass by locations with vertigo and tunnels. Therefore study your walking route before the start.  If you want to find out about nature, walk with a guide.  Madeira has many qualified walking guides, and basically any language is available.

Qeimadas  Waterfalls

Interactive map

Open up the map, maximize it, and select an official levada walk. In the description you can open up the link to a detailed (colorful and printable) walk information page.

The official Madeira Walks


Walk Number Walk Name Location
PR 1 Vereda do Pico do Areeiro (Pico do Areeiro-Pico Ruivo) Santana
PR 1.1  Vereda da Ilha (Pico Ruivo – Ilha) Santana
PR 1.2 Vereda do Pico Ruivo (Achada do Teixeira – Pico Ruivo) Santana
PR 1.3 Vereda da Encumeada (Pico Ruivo – Encumeada) Ribeira Brava
 PR 2 Vereda do Urzal ( Curral das Freiras – Boaventura)  Câmara de Lobos
 PR 3 Vereda do Burro (Pico do Areeiro – Ribeira das Cales) Funchal
 PR 3.1 Caminho Real do Monte (Ribeira das Cales – Monte) Funchal
PR 4 Levada do Barreiro (Poço da Neve – Casa do Barreiro) Funchal
 PR 5 Vereda das Funduras (Portela – Maroços) Machico
 PR 6 Levada das 25 fontes (Rabaçal – 25 Fontes)  Calheta
 PR 6.1  Levada do Risco (Rabaçal – Risco) Calheta
PR 7 Levada do Moinho (Ribeira da Cruz – Lamaceiros) Porto Moniz
PR 8 Vereda da Ponta de São Lourenço (Baia d´Abra – Cais do Sardinha) Machico
 PR 9 Levada do Caldeirão Verde (Queimadas – Caldeirão Verde – Caldeirão do Inferno) Santana
 PR 10 Levada do Furado (Ribeiro Frio – Portela) Machico
 PR 11 Vereda dos Balcões  (Ribeiro Frio – Balcões) Santana
 PR 12 Caminho Real da Encumeada (Boca da Corrida – Encumeada – Ribeira Grande) Ribeira Brava
 PR 13 Vereda do Fanal (Assobiadores – Paul da Serra – Fanal) Porto Moniz
 PR 14  Levada dos Cedros (Fanal – Curral Falso) Porto Moniz
PR 15 Vereda da Ribeira da Janela (Curral Falso – Ribeira da janela) Porto Moniz
PR 16 Levada Fajã do Rodrigues (Fajã da Amã – Ribeira da Janela) São Vicente
PR 17 Caminho do Pináculo e Folhadal (Lombo do Mouro – Caramujo – Folhadal – Encumeada) Ribeira Brava
PR 18 Levada do Rei  (Quebradas – Ribeiro Bonito) Santana
PR 19 Caminho Real do Paul do Mar (Prazeres – Paul do Mar) Calheta
PR 20 Vereda do Jardim do Mar ( Prazeres – Jardim do Mar) Calheta
PR 21 Caminho do Norte (Encumeada – Ribeira Grande) São Vicente
PR 22 Vereda do Chão dos Louros São Vicente
PR 23 Levada da Azenha (Azenha – Caminho Velho do Castelo) Santa Cruz
Um caminho para todos Santana
Porto Santo
PS PR 1 Vereda do Pico Branco e Terra Chã (ER 111 – Terra Chã) Porto Santo
PS PR 2 Vereda do Pico do Castelo (Moledo – Pico do Castelo) Porto Santo