“Levada” is a Portuguese word derived from the word “levar” – which means to carry and is roughly translated as “carriageway”, but more correctly defined as mini-canal. The mini-canals are irrigation systems developed to distribute water from the rainfall heavy and wet regions on the north of Madeira island to the drier sun parched regions of the south. The water is usually stored in reservoirs or tanks, or captured directly from natural fountains to be redirected and channeled across a wide network of winding canals. These narrow water carriageways deliver precious water along far distances to banana plantations, vineyards, fruit orchards and vegetable gardens, as well as to hydro-electric power stations dotted around the island. The Levadas Walks Madeira criss cross the mountains and cover a total distance of 2500 km, and date back to as far as the early 16th century.
Levadas Walks Madeira prices
They are the best way to know the interior of Madeira Island, its natural diversity and its indigenous Laurel Forest, which is classified since 1999 as World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO.
By walking along the paths and Levadas Walks Madeira, you will have the oportunity to explore and discover the enchanted Laurel Forest, a fascinating natural world in its purest form, beautiful landscapes and breathtaking views, that will certainly last forever in your memory… superb waterfalls and lagoons, impressive cliffs and valleys, green and dense mountains contrasting with the deep blue sea, an amazing flora and fauna unique in the world, etc!
The rough Madeiran relief and its mountain environment means that there are routes for every taste and degrees of difficulty, where you can choose exclusively mountain, forest, seaside or mixed circuits.
MBtravel has a modern fleet of minibuses of 8, 15, 17 and 19 seats, in renting regime, which allows us every three years to replace them, maintaining high levels of operability, meeting the expectations of our partners and comfort of their / our clients.
Drivers have professional tourism portfolio with good bilingual fluency, allowing them to work with various nationalities at the same time as a driver / guide.
Every day we make walking tours and excursions of our regular programs, for a minimum of 2 clients, pick-up and return to the place of accommodation at no extra charge.
We developed walks Levada and hiking programs in Madeira with or without a guide, we also organize excursions and walking tours for groups, by minibus with drivers / guide, or bus tour, in the customer’s language.”
More info about levadas: http://www.levadasmadeira.com