Levada Do Reí
Levada Do Reí
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,936 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Easy, level, there and back walk along the levada to a tumbling pool. A few steepish drop offs but not scary as roped so no real risk of vertigo and feels totally safe. Took us about 2.15 hours total. The walk is mainly enclosed so no real views. The most fun part of the hike is crossing the small waterfall. You will get a bit wet, although not soaked, rain jacket recommended.

We found a parking spot on the road at the start of the trail relatively easy where there is also a cafe.
Written September 26, 2021
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Parkrunner71
344 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Despite several previous visits to Madeira this was our first levada, but despite this we chose to go it alone rather than use an organised/guided excursion, and this proved to be the right choice for us.
We had pre-booked a taxi/minibus for our party of eight, which picked us up from our hotel at a time of our choosing, transported us to the start of the levada, waited for us to complete the walk, take a drink at the quinta and then wisk us back. So, convenient and also saving us several hundred Euros on the organised/guided tours.
The Levada do Rei is basically an out and back walk, suitable for most abilities and ages, so you can't really go wrong and don't really need someone to show you the way.
There are a few steps at the start, but it is then fairly level, so there are no significant climbs, although the uneven ground may be challenging for some. At circa 10.5km overall, it isn't too long, but you do need a reasonable level of fitness to cover it all. Starting out at around 10.15, it took us circa 3.5 hours, but was getting busier on the way back, so it would probably be slower as the day goes on.
This was a good levada to start with and has given us confidence to do more levadas on our own during future visits to Madeira.
Written April 11, 2024
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Stretts
Atherstone, UK386 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
The levadas are incredible, when you think of the thousands of meters that were erected by slave workers , to channel water to the into the villages for irrigation, they are mightily impressive. The views are well worth the walking and despite the slight soaking from the waterfall, it was refreshing and worth the squeals. The cafe and the start of the trail, is definitely worth a visit for gardens, wildlife and friendly service.
Written April 17, 2023
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Ben M
London, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Did this walk today with my partner. About 5km each way, took just over 3 hours walking, and we also stopped for half hour picnic, at the beautiful spot where the levada originates, the half way point.
Easy flat walk, a very short tunnel to walk through, and also you have to walk under a waterfall, which adds to the adventure, but should be easily manageable by most walkers.
Parking is easy at the start of the route, just after the cafe.
Take a picnic, enjoy the views and the forest, well recommended.

Just enter levada PR18 and waze will find it for you.
Written September 11, 2020
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gothgrl
Rhodes, Greece438 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
This is, in my opinion, one of the easiest levadas in Madeira, but outstandingly beautiful. We hiked it a couple of days ago, took a bus to São Jorge (you have to ask the driver to tell you where to get off) and from the bus stop it was only about a kilometre to the start of the levada (you can also take a detour to a water mill - Moinho). The levada walk is mostly flat, the paths are quite wide, there are some sheer drops, but nothing too extreme. The levada is so green and all the flora smells beautifully. There are a couple of waterfalls on the way and a waterfall that you have to walk under - we took waterproof jackets and an umbrella, but still got wet. The end of Levada in at the Ribeiro Bonito waterfall - very beautiful.
Written March 9, 2023
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Peter K
Geneva, Switzerland214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Long (11 km) hike along a levada in the north of Madeira. Very lush and beautful forrest. Path is easy and at dropoffs it is secured by railings. Variety of ferns an moss on the levada wall are wonderful. At the end in a dark valley with a lively stream, you find the site of capture of the levada water.
Written November 20, 2022
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lacba
Lisbon, Portugal179 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This was the first levada I did with my wife and daughter and we really enjoyed the experience.

This is easy and you cannot get lost. We really enjoyed it.

If you go please do not forget to take water and some snacks (I forgot).
Written September 13, 2022
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Kaiksw
Brussels, Belgium4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017
This is a very nice Levada Path, quite easy for non-experienced hikers since it does not involves any kind of climbing or difficult steps. It is also easily accesible by car or rather bus (to Sao Jorge). The landscape is beautiful, at the end of the levada path you will find a small waterfall where you can relax and have a picnic.
I would recommend not to start this path that early if you want to avoid crowds from tourist-buses! We were there around 1pm and it was very nice since at that time all the people from the tours was going back! So at the end is better to start a little bit late ;-) The whole trip will take you around 3 hours!

Another tip: before starting walking on the Levada Path, you could visit the Sao Jorge Water Mill, which is more than 110 years old and still functioning.
Written April 20, 2017
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Jan M
Yeovil134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
this is a beautiful levada walk, with lovely views, a short tunnel and small waterfall over the path. There are some steep drops but there are barriers where needed. A great introduction to levada walking. We saw some beautiful firecrest birds very close to the path. We got there early and only met about 3 other couples. Just lovely
Written February 10, 2019
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HouseofVieira
Sooke, Canada62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Nice leisure walk or run if you like. Flat and easy to traverse. I was exhausted when I returned but certainly felt it was one of the best Levada's I had experienced. Was not super easy ; I was a little overweight at the time and smoking! A few spots were a little difficult and the roots sometimes tripped you and the edge was not completely safe overlooking the ravine. One spot required you to walk the levada with the water running swiftly by your feet. The end was stunning with a pool and waterfall. *Warning-no bathroom facilities on the trail. If you have the unfortunate experience of needing to go to the bathroom your choices are holding or using the outdoors *forewarned is forearmed please prepare in advance before hand*
Written March 4, 2020
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