Levada dos Tornos
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  • blowin
    Corfe Castle, United Kingdom99 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely, but do take care
    The lack of signage does make this quite a challenge. There are parts where the path is badly eroded and very narrow, but it is mostly easy walking. We got very lost and ended up walking through a long, dark tunnel which opened out onto a very dangerous path with huge holes and a waterfall, decided to turn back and found a scrubby unsigned path down to the packhorse bridge. If you get to the tunnel please do think carefully, it is not for the faint-hearted and you will need a torch and a hat. It would have been very easy to get injured and completely lost, and there is no phone signal up there. We were lucky that we had arranged for a fabulous local taxi driver to pick us up, his wife happens to be a mountain guide and advised him correctly of where we would be. All well in the end but don’t think that this is just a stroll in the sunshine.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 21, 2023
  • A W
    Newick, United Kingdom229 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A few hours on the Levada dos Tornos.
    Are you looking for a comfortable walk by a levada? You could go up to Monte on the 20/21 buses from near the new Savoy apartments - main roundabout/circle near the bus station - and walk eastwards towards Curral dos Romeiros/Camacha, which involves a long descent & climb OR catch the number 29 from the bus station and arrive at Curral dos Romeiros the easy way! The levada is clearly marked from either of the last 2 stops/terminus. The first half of the walk east is easy, flat and reasonably interesting. After 75 to 90 minutes you pass the Jasmin Tea House which provides a very pleasant break. Then, choose to walk back OR catch a bus back (Nick, the proprietor has all the bus times posted) OR continue on for another 75 to 90 minutes to Camacha: one tunnel to be negotiated with your torch & waterproofs, before rising up into the town or continue further, more tunnels, and take any one of several opportunities to rise up into the streets. Very pleasant.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Nimrud
    93 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Varied levels of walking
    Walked from the Largo Fonte bus stop (20/21) over past Monte Palace Gardens and down the steep slope to the terminal for the Botanic Garden Teleferico. Then down some more and up again to Curral dos Remeiros. Quite steep slopes and probably slippery after rain. The right fork for Levada do Bom Successo was marked as "at your own risk" so we took the left fork. At Curral the start of the Levada dosTornos was very muddy but improved after a few hundred yards. We stopped at the Jasmine Tea House and caught the bus after refreshment. A few bits of mud and a couple of clambers but fairly easy between Curral and Jasmine. Nowhere to stop and rest or picnic en route though. Have walked this before and little changed but never been past Jasmine. Despite 3 cruise ships being in we met probably less than 30 people walking in either direction.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 9, 2023
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Nimrud
London93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Walked from the Largo Fonte bus stop (20/21) over past Monte Palace Gardens and down the steep slope to the terminal for the Botanic Garden Teleferico. Then down some more and up again to Curral dos Remeiros. Quite steep slopes and probably slippery after rain. The right fork for Levada do Bom Successo was marked as "at your own risk" so we took the left fork. At Curral the start of the Levada dosTornos was very muddy but improved after a few hundred yards. We stopped at the Jasmine Tea House and caught the bus after refreshment. A few bits of mud and a couple of clambers but fairly easy between Curral and Jasmine. Nowhere to stop and rest or picnic en route though. Have walked this before and little changed but never been past Jasmine. Despite 3 cruise ships being in we met probably less than 30 people walking in either direction.

Written November 9, 2023
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TrippedUponce
Wrexham, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
The levada can be accessed from the path that leads down from the botanic gardens cable car. Go down the wide cobbled path and the path splits left down the hill with a forest path leading left to the levada. At the levada turn right and you'll get to a waterfall. The previous poster says this way is dangerous. To avoid this bit join the levada further on by missing the forest path, going down the cobbled path and crossing the packhorse bridge followed by a climb into the next village. It's about 6km to a tunnel under Pinheirino where you can catch a 37 bus back to funchal.
Written September 24, 2022
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blowin
Corfe Castle, UK99 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
The lack of signage does make this quite a challenge. There are parts where the path is badly eroded and very narrow, but it is mostly easy walking. We got very lost and ended up walking through a long, dark tunnel which opened out onto a very dangerous path with huge holes and a waterfall, decided to turn back and found a scrubby unsigned path down to the packhorse bridge. If you get to the tunnel please do think carefully, it is not for the faint-hearted and you will need a torch and a hat. It would have been very easy to get injured and completely lost, and there is no phone signal up there. We were lucky that we had arranged for a fabulous local taxi driver to pick us up, his wife happens to be a mountain guide and advised him correctly of where we would be. All well in the end but don’t think that this is just a stroll in the sunshine.
Written April 21, 2023
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jrdh
594 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We took the bus to Sitio das Quattro estradas for the start of this walk. We decided to start at the end of the levada ie at the opposite end to Monte. We walked all the way to the lovely Tea House, Jasmin Tea room where we caught the bus at the bottom of their drive back ino Funchal. This was about 15 mes or so. A lovely walk, starting with a desent to the levada in a wood. We then turned left and walked about 10 min to the end of the levada before re tracing our steps and heading to Monte. Great views to the sea and across several valleys. Went through a few tunnels so a torch is needed. The longest tunnel you can't go through a d so we headed up a path over the hill and down the roads on the other side back to the levada. The only tricky part of the direction finding g was fi di h the path up the hill - it is a few minutes before the blocked tunnel. Great scenery, peaceful walk and a very nice, but long levada walk.
Written January 22, 2020
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Ruth K
Cambridgeshire, UK4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Levada was difficult to find. Steep downhill to the Levada. Going towards Monte the way was blocked after about half a mile. We went the other direction. Beautiful views but dark tunnels and vertiginous paths. After about 5 miles reached the next village, Achada de Gaula. We were lucky enough to catch the very infrequent bus back to Camacha.
Written February 5, 2020
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Howard B
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
I walked the levada from Palheiro to Monte on 30/12/22 with a friend. For the most part, it was a pleasant stroll with some nice views towards the south and Funchal. A visit to the Jasmine Tea House is worth it. The owner was very pleasant and his teas and cakes were excellent. The last mile or so of the levada was more exciting/frightening (depending on the individual) as it closely follows the edge of a cliff. A warning for vertigo sufferers, the path is badly eroded for about 2 metres which meant we had to walk along the concrete edge of the levada which is no more than 15 cm wide. The decent from the levada to the cable car is a bit of a challenge for inexperienced walkers as part of it has been damaged by tree/rock falls meaning a few detours on slippery surfaces was necessary. My inexperienced friend did not enjoy that bit of the walk at all although he loved the rest of it.
Written January 3, 2023
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EmmekeLeuven
Leuven, Belgium238 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
What should have been a great walk beside an irrigation canal… turned out to be frightening experience. We started walking next to the levada, although there were some warning signs about parts of the trail being destroyed by floods. The trail narrowed after about 2kms, the walking part next to the canal narrowed from 1m to 50cms, to 30 cms and finally to 20 cms. This on a altitude of about 50 ms above street level, an abyss that gave me shivers to my spine. My wife and me desided to throw the towel,safely returning to the starting point in the village. I don’t know what’s the current state of the trail, maybe they rebuild the walking trail but I won’t be walking the trail again, ever!
Written September 14, 2022
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Angel57
Essex UK1,946 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We did this walk from Babosas, under the cable car, to the Jasmine tea house. Under normal circumstances this would have been an easy walk for me but unfortunately my knee flared up a week before my holiday & I found the start of the walk quite hard going. Once we reached the levada the going was much easier & for the most part is a lovely walk with not too many people on it. Just a shame there was some rubbish here & there along the trail.
Written March 31, 2023
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Tomross944
Bishops Stortford, UK68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
This was our first visit to Madeira and our first Lavada walk. My had been ill , so we chose this walk as it was easy to get to by bus from Funchal. Some of the directions I had read were quite confusing about where the walk started but we decided to begin at Monte and this resulted in a good walk of 9.6km although the first few kms were not along the Lavada at all. It was great to get away from it all, with nothing but the trickle of water and bird song. Some lovely views down the valleys.
Written August 28, 2022
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Eddie J
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
We walked from Monte to the Jasmine Tea gardens today. We picked up the 48 bus from Porto Mare in the hotel zone for the white knuckle drive to Monte. We strolled through the village to Barbosa where the walk starts near the cable car. There are a couple of cafes along the way to stoke up before setting off. This path has been rebuilt and you can follow it all the way to Curral Dos Romeiros where you pick up the levada. This takes about 40 minutes. Down first and then a stiff climb up. It's signed and although it's sometimes not quite obvious where to go if you keep heading more or less straight on you will get there. Once on the levada it's flat. You have to be careful in places where the path is crumbling away but it's nothing serious. There are still the remains of buildings damaged by fire a few years ago, some are being renovated. A couple of hours after starting you arrive at Hortensia Tea Gardens. This was OK but not special. It's a useful stop and a good place to pick up the bus back to Funchal. The bus stop is just up the hill and the 47 takes you back to Funchal in about 20 minutes or so. We noticed a Vende sign so maybe it will be all change there in the future. Ten minutes further takes you to the Jasmine Tea Rooms but this was closed. We had to retrace our steps for refreshment. So in summary a good walk with superb views of Funchal and easy to do under your own steam.
Written September 3, 2019
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