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Levada dos cedros

The Levada dos Cedros is a veritable treasure from the 17th century, channelling water from the springs of Lombo do Cedro to the agricultural lands of the island’s western region.

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This trail meanders through a wondrous and diverse forest, where one can observe the unique Laurissilva flora, a testament to nature’s grandeur and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Furthermore, it unveils breathtaking vistas of waterfalls, valleys, and Madeira’s northern coastline, leaving anyone utterly speechless in awe!

  • Coordinates: 32.825917, -17.157995


Where does it start?

The trail commences on Regional Road 209 in the Fanal area and concludes on the same road but at Curral Falso.

We leisurely follow the Levada to Ribeira da Janela.

In truth, the route can be traversed in either direction; however, we chose to embark from Fanal and conclude at Curral Falso.

When to visit?

Although we can explore the Levada dos Cedros throughout the year, the flora flourishes exuberantly between spring and autumn.

Do not forget to bring your camera, as nature truly puts on a spectacular show!

How to get to Levada Dos Cedros from Funchal?

Reaching the Levada dos Cedros from Funchal requires an extra dose of determination. It takes approximately 60 minutes via the ER101, ER104, and VE2 roads to arrive at ER209.

Passing through São Vicente and Seixal, the views are truly breathtaking!

We parked our car near the trailhead, adjacent to regional road 209.

If you prefer to take a bus, you must catch one at Porto Moniz and continue your journey via taxi.

The bus journey costs roughly 6 euros per person, whilst the taxi fare hovers around 12 euros.

Alternatively, you may opt for a guided tour. In addition to enjoying a good-humoured and knowledgeable guide, transportation to and from your hotel is assured.

Thus, all you need to do is don a smile and let the adventure unfold!

How long does it take?

  • The Levada dos Cedros spans a length of 7.2 km and has an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Difficulty level

  • Moderate.

The path is well-marked and easy to follow. Caution is necessary in the event of rain or fog.


From the outset, we were enveloped by the verdant intensity of the forest, which imbued us with a sense of tranquillity and harmony with nature.

This route is an ideal choice for days when the sun is relentless.

The path is shaded by the refreshing vegetation canopy offering us protection.

We followed the gentle rhythm of the levada, which guided us through the lush trees and blooming shrubs.

Along the way, we heard the melodious song of birds, the murmuring of the waters, and the whispering of leaves. We sensed the crisp aroma of plants and the soft touch of moss.

After 4 km of walking, we encountered a charming viewpoint.

Perfect for a pause, we gazed upon the breathtaking scenery of the valley that stretched out around us.
There, immersed in natural beauty, time seemed to decelerate as our eyes were lost on the horizon.

With each step, we discovered new wonders:

  • A wooden bridge reminiscent of a fairytale,
  • A waterfall that shimmered like a diamond in the sun,
  • A valley that unfurled like a smile before our eyes.

We admired the beauty and diversity of the Laurisilva forest, which showcased its curious forms and vibrant colours. We saw giant ferns that resembled green umbrellas, tils standing like slumbering sentinels, and heather adorned with delicate pink flowers.

We encountered numerous waterfalls, including a multi-tiered cascade concealed within the heart of the dense and lush vegetation.

Upon reaching the trail’s end at Curral Falso, we felt inspired and grateful to have experienced this unique journey.

The Levada dos Cedros is more than a hike: it is an expedition into the heart of Madeira, education on its history, and a tribute to its natural splendour.

Last minute tips

If you want to hike the Levada dos Cedros, be well-prepared. Don’t forget to bring water and some snacks to satisfy your hunger, as you won’t find any places to eat or drink along the way.

Wear comfortable and sturdy shoes that can handle the slippery and uneven terrain of the levada.

Put on a waterproof jacket and a hat because Madeira’s weather can be unpredictable. And above all, respect the nature that surrounds you.

Things to do nearby

Casa de Pasto Justiniano

Nearby, Casa de Pasto Justiniano is a cosy and family-friendly restaurant. The aromas are enveloping and inviting, from the fried garlic to the fresh bay leaves.

The decor is simple and elegant, with antique objects that tell stories from the past. We feel at home and enjoy a delicious and traditional meal.

Porto Moniz Pool

At the Porto Moniz Pools, all our senses are stimulated. The colourful fish swim around us as if they were our friends.

Seixal Pools

Other pools you cannot miss on the northwest coast of Madeira are the Seixal Pools.

Nature has sculpted whimsical shapes in the volcanic landscape. There is no supervision or paid entry, just the irresistible invitation to dive in. The nearby Seixal beach is delightful.

Véu da Noiva Waterfall

Between the road that connects Seixal to Porto Moniz, a waterfall descends the slope like a delicate white veil, dissolving into foam as it meets the sea.

The Véu da Noiva Waterfall is a spectacle of beauty and romance that inspires visitors.