Levada dos cedros

levada dos cedros

What is the Levada dos Cedros?

Levada dos Cedros is one of the oldest watercourses built on the island, originated in the 17th century. During the Levada dos Cedros walk you will pass through the area of Madeira’s primitive forest until it reaches the parish of Ribeira da Janela.

How long does it take to hike Levada dos Cedros?

Hike distance and duration: The total distance of the hike back and forth is about 12 kilometres with several points of interest along the way. Depending on the time you spend at the waterfalls, how often you take a break etc, you can do the Levada dos Cedros hike in about 3 – 4 hours.

What are the best Levadas in Madeira?

Since its early beginnings in the 17th century, Levada dos Cedros is among the oldest levadas in Madeira. It originates in the springs of Lombo do Cedro and it’s characterized by flourishing vegetation, a picturesque wooden bridge and several impressive waterfalls along the path.

What is a ‘Levada’?

If you’re coming to Madeira for the first time, you might question what the word ‘Levada’ actually means. This word is used a lot to specify the different Madeira hiking trails. But what is the origin of these Levadas and what is their purpose?

Where is Levada dos Cedros in Madeira?

In fact, Levada dos Cedros is located next to the sought-after Fanal Forest, on the north-western side of the island, known for its enchanted-looking ancient trees. Since its early beginnings in the 17th century, Levada dos Cedros is among the oldest levadas in Madeira.

Can you get lost on the Levada dos Cedros hike?

Back to the Levada dos Cedros hike. Just like all the levada walks in Madeira, this one also has a clear sign with a map next to the entrance. The whole path is straight forward and you can’t get lost on this levada walk.

What are the best Levadas in Madeira?

Since its early beginnings in the 17th century, Levada dos Cedros is among the oldest levadas in Madeira. It originates in the springs of Lombo do Cedro and it’s characterized by flourishing vegetation, a picturesque wooden bridge and several impressive waterfalls along the path.

What is the history of levadas?

The origin of the levadas dates back to the 15th century. The first levadas where then created to provide water to irrigate the sugarcane plantations. Back then sugar was also known as the “white gold” because it was considered as the main engine of Madeira’s economy in the 15th & 16th century.

Which is the best Levada to do in Madeira?

This levada walk is partly a forest trail and also guides you along the Levada da Serra do Faial. If you want to get away from the busier Levadas in Madeira, then this is your pick. Levada da Serra do Faial is also perfect to do on a foggy day in the hills.

What is the Madeira levadas network?

Each approach has its Levadeiro, responsible for channel monitoring and manage the performance of the respective operation. The Madeira Island levadas network allows spectacular walks, sometimes for relatively easy paths, others through tunnels or walking several minutes on the edge.

What should I know before going to Madeira?

Its not intended to be comprehensive, just a list of things to be aware of. Madeira has lots of different microclimates depending on where you are on the island and Levada walks can be at anything from 400m up to 1400m above sea level. In addition the weather can change rapidly on any given day.

What are the best Madeira walks for beginners?

Another great Madeira hike is the Lagos da Madeira in Rabaçal which is a circular hiking route that you can easily combine with the Lagoa do Vento and Levada do Alecrim. If you choose to combine Lagos da Madeira together with the other 2 Madeira walks, it will still be less than 15 kilometres in total.

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