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Hiking in Madeira: Levada do Rei

1. Hiking in Madeira: Levada do Rei

This tour takes place in São Jorge, on the Northern side of Madeira Island. This adventure is an 11 km easy hike, along a flat trail that penetrates the pristine Laurissilva Forest, and its unique vegetation which is a UNESCO heritage listed location.   The first part of the trail consists of a mixture of endemic and introduced vegetation during the colonisation of the island. At certain parts of the walk it is possible to see views of São Jorge and Santana villages at a distance. In the second part, the trail penetrates the deepness of the valleys, and the natural endemic flora and fauna of Madeira, surrounding the trail. After 5.5 km of hiking, take a break at Ribeiro Bonito, a river stream that cuts through the pristine Laurissilva forest, before heading back to the starting point.

Madeira: Private Levada do Rei Walk and Laurissilva Forest

2. Madeira: Private Levada do Rei Walk and Laurissilva Forest

Following a convenient pickup from your accommodation or at Madeira Airport, depart on your private tour to Laurissilva Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, via the Levada do Rei for one of the most beautiful hiking trails of Madeira. Starting at São Jorge, a peaceful village located in the north of the island with spectacular views over the mountains and sea, the first part of the trail consists of a mixture of endemic and introduced vegetation after the discovery of the island. You’ll also get various perspectives on the villages in the distance as you walk along the man-made channels created to carry water for irrigation of agricultural fields around the island. In the second part, the trail penetrates into the interior of the island that stills remains the same since before its discovery more than five centuries ago. On this path you’ll find the natural flora and fauna of Madeira that includes laurel, heather, chaffinch, among many others. Just as you think you’ve reached the end of the levada, keep walking to explore the incredible forest and the exhilarating beauty this unique place has to offer.

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What people are saying about Levada Do Rei

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 8 reviews

My boyfriend and I had the pleasure of hiring Jorge to take us on this hike of Levada do Roi while we were on holiday in Madeira over the New Year. This was his first time running this particular hike and we were both very impressed by his vast knowledge of the history of Madeira, the natural vegetation on this scenic hike itself, friendliness and professionalism. He picked us up at 9 am sharp from our hotel on Jan 5 and kept us enthralled for the next 6 hours. Not only did he take us on the hike as booked, he also went above and beyond and took us on an additional tour of the north side of the island, complete with a coffee stop in the surfing village of Porto Cruz. We loved hearing about all Jorge's previous adventure holidays and sharing our own. We were definitely hire Jorge to take us on another hike when in Madeira again and recommend him to any family and friends who plan on visiting this beautiful island

It was completely unexpected a private tour, just the two of us with the guide along the beautiful path. Few other hikers were on the way, refreshment stops before the start and after the end of the hike. Good explanation of the flora and fauna along the way. Very good information about the history and geography of Madeira, but also the economic and social development of the island. We were able to confirm the appointment and the meeting point an hour before the start and adapt it to the current situation. For the return we had arranged another stop without any problems in order to be able to explore Funchal. An unforgettable day in Madeira with very friendly and competent support.

Awesome! Jorge is a fantastic guide! Was a beautiful walk and we enjoyed every minute of it. He knew a lot about the plants and animals there and we really enjoyed talking with him. My boyfriend and I loved it and would book another trip with him for sure. It's a long walk but not difficult or anything but bring good hiking shoes or sneakers that could get muddy. Great hike!

Really nice walk - with an excellent guide - in all ways