6. Madeira : Rabaçal - Risco - 25 Fountains Walk
Embark on an exhilarating journey starting at the Rabaçal Forestry Station, nestled in the picturesque Paúl da Serra region. This captivating walk opens the door to both the enchanting Levada do Risco and the captivating Levada Nova do Rabaçal, presenting an exploration opportunity like no other. Venture along this path of moderate difficulty, spanning a scenic 11 kilometers. Begin by tracing the path of the Levada do Risco, leading you to the mesmerizing waterfall that shares its name. Cascading waters and lush surroundings set the stage for an unforgettable experience. Descend further to seamlessly transition onto the Levada Nova do Rabaçal, an enchanting route guiding you toward the awe-inspiring lake known as 25 Fontes. The name pays homage to the multitude of waterfalls that adorn this breathtaking locale. As you traverse the trail, you'll find yourself immersed in the unique flora of Madeira Island. The journey showcases the island's indigenous and endemic plant life, with a special focus on the high-altitude vegetation that paints the landscape. Marvel at indescribable vistas that stretch over this protected area, offering panoramic views that stir the soul. Concluding this captivating escapade, your return journey to the south coast of the island unfolds through the mesmerizing Cavaleiro tunnel. Stretching over approximately 800 meters, this tunnel serves as a fascinating conduit between two worlds, bringing you back to the coastal splendor that defines Madeira. Unveil the beauty of Rabaçal and its surrounding wonders on this exploration that weaves together nature's finest elements. Let the enchantment of waterfalls, lush foliage, and panoramic viewpoints create memories to cherish for a lifetime.