The trail follows the course of an ancient levada, a network of narrow irrigation channels that crisscross the island, providing water for the lush vegetation that thrives in Madeira’s subtropical climate.
The Levada do Castelejo hike is a stunning walking trail located in the charming village of Porto da Cruz on Madeira Island.
The trail begins in the village of Porto da Cruz, where you’ll wind your way through the narrow streets before making your way to the trailhead. From there, the trail leads you along the levada, which runs along the mountainside and provides breathtaking views of the ocean and the surrounding landscape.
Along the way, you’ll pass through tunnels and cross narrow bridges, offering a unique perspective on the natural beauty of Madeira Island. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the unique flora and fauna of the island, including the endemic laurel trees, as well as a variety of bird species.
The highlight of the hike is the stunning Castelejo waterfall, which cascades down the mountainside and provides a refreshing mist on hot days. This is an excellent spot to take a break, catch your breath, and take in the natural beauty of the area.
Overall, the Levada do Castelejo hike is a must-do for anyone visiting Madeira Island who wants to experience the island’s unique natural beauty and history. With its stunning vistas, unique flora and fauna, and challenging terrain, it’s an adventure that’s not to be missed.
For your own safety, DG Travel may change, postpone or cancel the walks with short notice. This will only happen due to adverse weather conditions, landsliding or other reasons beyond or control.
Should you need to cancel your reservation, you will only be refunded, should your cancellation be made at least until 16h00 of the previous day of the tour/walk.
Please prepare yourself with good walking shoes/boots and a warm coat (in case of low temperatures in the mountains).