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Address: Madeira, Portugal
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Activities: Walking, Hiking
Description: This type of wild and scenic forest landscape is fast becoming a rare...
This type of wild and scenic forest landscape is fast becoming a rare sight along the Mediterranean, and Madeira is one of the few places where they still exist.
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Great natural beauty

A 'must visit' for anyone visiting Madeira. Drive up and up via hair pin (sometimes hair raising) bends to be rewarded with the the sights, smells and sounds in the spectacular... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A 'must visit' for anyone visiting Madeira. Drive up and up via hair pin (sometimes hair raising) bends to be rewarded with the the sights, smells and sounds in the spectacular slopes of natural unplanned vibrant forest.

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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
12 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

We were on an organised trip and spent about an hour here. The trip to the forest is hair raising but exciting and very beautiful. The ears pop the higher you get and of course it gets slightly chillier but as long as you take a jacket you'll be fine. The air is just wonderful the higher you go. The... More 

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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94 reviews 94 reviews
46 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This UNESCO world heritage site is one for the aficionados. Existing between 400 and 1200m altitude, this area is a relic of the forest that once covered large areas around the Mediterranean. Due to ancient climate changes there are now only fragments available to see in Europe and so the opportunity to visit is strongly recommended. It is a variety... More 

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Belguim
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64 reviews 64 reviews
45 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

we didn't see much the day we drove through the forest. There were low hanging clouds everywhere. We could just see for about 50 metres.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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156 reviews 156 reviews
119 attraction reviews
263 helpful votes 263 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

For a first short experience of the lovely levada walks, and one you can easily do on your own, take the Horarios do Funchal #56 (which goes to Santana) from the bus station by the Monte cable car station in Funchal. We caught the 10am bus and returned from Ribeiro Frio on the 13:15 bus, although there is another at... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Cool in the heat and so easy to see Madeiran Firecrests and Chaffinches. Very few people out and about so easy to feel alone in March. Tree ferns and eucaliptus trees too

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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272 reviews 272 reviews
238 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Take a bus to Ribeiro frio for walks in this wonderful forest," balcoas" vieuwpoint west of ribeiro frio and leveda walk upto 2hours east of bus stop. Much cooler and wetter than Funchal prepare warm clothes in winter

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lisboa
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146 reviews 146 reviews
102 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

If you're going to Madeira you have to experience the Laurissilva upclose and the best place to do it, if you're short on time, is the levada dos Balcões on the Ribeiro Frio natural park. Is on the right side of the island between Santana and the Pico do Areeiro and it's easy to walk, in the middle of the... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Hiking in these forests is incredible, just wonderful. When the mist passes through the trees, the atmosphere is almost mystical. Laurel forest is a highly endangered type of vegetation, and every effort should be taken for protection and conservation - it's definitely worth it!

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London, United Kingdom
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105 reviews 105 reviews
44 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

So much of Madeira is worth seeing but the forests have got to be close to the top of my list. Weather can change quickly here but seeing it in all conditions is an experience in itself. Up into the clouds you can imagine you're the only one on the island, the stillness and raw beauty is a rare thing... More 

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