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Laurel Forest (Laurisilva)

Madeira, Portugal
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Ranked #13 of 96 Attractions in Madeira
Type: Forests, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Hiking, Walking
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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146 reviews 146 reviews
112 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 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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4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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211 reviews 211 reviews
185 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 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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72 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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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Germany
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4 attraction reviews
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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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75 reviews 75 reviews
37 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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35 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This forest is typical of Madeira and the Canary Islands, but is threatened by encroaching development. A good place for walking.

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Zaragoza, Spain
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Walking along the “levadas” in the laurel forests in Madeira was an intense pleasure. The “laurisilva” is a thick, cool, subtropical forest with high humidity due to the moisture from the sea and the fog in the mountains, and it contains a rich variety of evergreen trees, mosses and plants with glossy leaves and astonishing flowers. You can also enjoy... More

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Fuerteventura, Spain
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

there is something for everyone the mountain walkers or the simplest of the levedas there is some breath taking scenes.

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2011

Our second visit to the island, we stayed at the Royal Savoy, Funchal (again) having managed to get a discount room via the timeshare office from someone who couldnt take theirs up. Food wise there are lots of good places to eat, the Piano is particularly good near Reids. We did 2 levada walks, both around 11 km, both involving... More

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