25 Fontes and Cascada da Risco

25 Fontes and Cascada da Risco

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Jimmgc51
Leeds, UK42 contributions
May 2022
Beautiful scenery and experience walking alongside the water. Strongly recommend going first thing in the morning to avoid tour groups as the paths are narrow and getting past a big group can take a long time - we only got caught in one. The minibus wasn't running when we were there - we would have caught it back as the walk back to the car park is pretty monotonous, and gets harder in the heat. Overall really worth an early morning visit - the car park as well has a lot of spaces in the mornings but you'll have to slot onto the road later in the day. The cafe was a nice break and does tasty coffee
Written June 20, 2022
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,755 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
The Rabacal area is definitely worth a visit although it's very popular so don't expect to be hiking in solitude and it's a real pain when you get stuck behind a group on the nartow levada paths!

The drive up from Funchal is pretty steep and takes about an hour (rather quicker 45 mins back down). Reasonable amount of car parking but toilets only available by the cafe.

All the trails are well signposted so you really don't need a guide. Expect the temperature to be around 8 degrees cooler than the coast.

Most of the trails are pretty easy and vertigo free although there are plenty of steps. We walked for around 4.5 hours total, covering 12 miles and took in 25 Fontes, Risco and Lagos da Vento. The Risco waterfall is the most impressive and the shortest trail if you are time limited.

There is a very nice cafe with sandwiches, great cake and coffee options as well as some hot dishes. If you don't want to walk down (or back up both around 30 mins) there is a minibus service for 3 euro or 5 euro return.

Good day out to experience the Madeira mountains.
Written September 26, 2021
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Janoek B
Tholen, The Netherlands62 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
The 25 fontes hike and the hike to the cascada da Risco are two different hiking trails. You can combine them very easily as they are linked together.
Go very early in the morning here. Then you have the trail to yourself, including the waterfalls. And it's not that hot yet. After 11AM the day tourist will come and the trail will get more crowded, especially in the summer.
This hiking trail you can easily do yourself. There is a parking space at the start of the hiking trail.
Written September 4, 2020
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Vincent R.
Amersfoort, The Netherlands588 contributions
May 2022
Levada do Risco is the reward for walking down PR6.1 route and ending at the waterfall. The route towards the waterfall is steep at places, you'll notice this especially when walking back to the parking. You can use a van instead for the first part of the descent (and back).
Written June 5, 2022
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Romana M
7 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Risco is Much more beautiful and bigger falls than 25 Fontes. Dont skip Risco.
25 fontes are overrated, the falls are quite small and you have avoid people all the time on the way. Risco falls is much bigger, more beautiful and with less people.
I recommend to buy the 3€ van driving you forth and back from the parking.
Written August 23, 2021
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Inwanderment
Burntwood, UK1,698 contributions
Nov 2021
A really beautiful walk although popular so start early. When we arrived there was no one around at all and we were feeding the birds from our hands just a few minutes down the path - take bird seed :-)

The walk down to the actual walk (down the road from the parking spot) is pretty long and when you hit the Rabacal House which is closed before 9/10am the actual walk starts. A very easy few km to Risco waterfall which is stunning but sadly did not have much water yet as theyd had a dry spell but very friendly birds there again to feed!

Then you go back on yourself and walk down a number of steps towards 25 Fontes which is a canyon with 25 springs running down the walls. It was pretty but the number of people took away from it in our experience as lots of tours come here - it was super busy even in November so goodness knows what its like in peak season.

An easy walk for the most part but about 600m of ascent and descent if you take the road up and down. I would advise you take the bus back up the road when you get back to Rabacal house, we chose not to, I do not know why but it was a hard walk back up in the heat and nothing to see as its just a tarmacked road but once we committed we just did it. Next time we would get the bus back up though.

The cafe is nice and has toilets and nice food, cakes and drinks, a welcome treat after the walk.
Written November 17, 2021
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Tom Carter
428 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Our new year’s hike. Very much worth every step of the way. You might want to come early, parking could get tricky around noon. Plan enough time for the way back as it is mostly uphill.
Written January 1, 2022
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Emily
Lillehammer, Norway13 contributions
Jan 2020
Easy and leisurely walk where you can enjoy nice scenery. I went on a guided tour, and there was a lot of breaks where the group got to learn a lot about the history of the Levadas and different species we passed along the way. It was quite interesting, and nice to share the experience with other random travelers from around the world. The highlight of this walk was the surprisingly beautiful waterfall, where we had our lunch. I would have stayed here longer if I could, but since this was a guided tour we had to move on after halv an hour. If you want to walk fast without breaks, or enjoy the waterfalls as long as you want, I recommend walking by yourself. Bring food and good clothes, it was pretty cold to walk there at this time of year.
Written February 3, 2020
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gurnee66 .
Alpharetta, GA9 contributions
Jan 2022
Excellent trail. Make sure you use the mini bus, which takes you from the parking to the trail head. It's the best 5 Euros (round trip cost) we ever spent. It saves you at least one hour viewless walk.

The 25 Fontes trail is easy to moderate with some climbs of stairs. You can combine 25 Fontes and Risco into one hike so you see both the upper and lower falls. Risco is very easy, which takes you only 15 extra minutes at the intersection after your way back from 25 Fontes.

The Levada is admirable work by ancient Madeirans. Walking along it is quite an enjoyment with soothing water sound and lavish greeneries. If you can only do one Levada, do this trail.
Written January 22, 2022
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77cjk
Allentown, PA143 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Our first hike in Madeira. Parking can be challenging as it can get busy. There is a shuttle that you can take down (and up) to/from the Rabacal house that is quite steep, but a paved path. Make sure you have a mask if you plan on using the shuttle. The complete hike without shuttle for us (2 adults and 2 kids - ages 14/12) took just under 4 hours. Very nice and would recommend highly.
Written May 21, 2022
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