Ribeiro Frio

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This stunning route offers hikers the opportunity to explore the island’s lush and verdant landscapes, including its famous Laurissilva forest, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The walk from Ribeiro Frio to Portela is a beautiful and popular hiking trail located in the northeast of Madeira Island.

Aprox. 5 hours



Ribeiro Frio

The trail starts in Ribeiro Frio, a small village known for its trout farm, and leads hikers through the heart of the forest, passing by crystal-clear streams, waterfalls, and endemic flora and fauna. The trail is well-marked and easy to follow, making it suitable for hikers of all levels.

As you make your way along the trail, you’ll be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the forest, including the chirping of birds, the rustling of leaves, and the gurgling of streams. Along the way, you’ll pass by several interesting landmarks, including the impressive Balcoes viewpoint, which offers stunning views of the valley below, and the Levada do Furado, a historic irrigation channel that dates back to the 19th century.


The highlight of the hike is the final ascent to Portela, a mountain pass that offers panoramic views of the north coast of Madeira. From here, hikers can enjoy sweeping vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, the nearby villages, and the rugged cliffs that line the coast.

Overall, the walk from Ribeiro Frio to Portela is a must-do experience for any nature lover visiting Madeira, offering a unique opportunity to explore the island’s lush forests, stunning landscapes, and rich cultural heritage. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a beginner, this trail is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories of Madeira’s natural wonders.

Important Information

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).

For full day walk, please pack a pic nic and water to take along, as such is not provided by DG Travel.