Levada da Serra do Faial


Santo António da Serra - Santo António da Serra






One way


9.3 Km


3h - 3h30min

Max./Min. Altitude

862m / 634m



About the walk…
Levada da Serra do Faial is a typical walk located on the East coast of Madeira Island. The trail begins in the neighbouring municipality of Santa Cruz and ends in Machico.

The leisurely walk takes place at about 850 metres altitude and is around 9km long. At the 6.5km mark, the trail descends into the parish of Santo António da Serra, towards Portela to be more precise.

The trail consolidates a variety of settings along the way, combining rural surroundings, where the intense and enveloping forest predominates, with daily life on the outskirts of the Southeastern municipalities.

Several crossings along the Levada provide a harmonious link between the two distinct realities, while also giving access to the Regional Roads E.R 202 and E.R. 102.

You can observe the large trees of the Laurissilva forest, classified by UNESCO as a Natural World Heritage Site along the walk. The strong smell of Eucalyptus trees indicates the transition between the Laurissilva forest and exotic vegetation. The remnants of farmland, drystone walls and traditional palheiros (traditional Madeiran shed) complete the landscape and take you on a journey to a distant time where agriculture was an important part of the local villager's lives.

The urban side of the levada, with various crossings with the road, allows you to change course whenever you need to take a break or stop at one of the local bars or restaurants.

In each scenario, there is a common denominator that accompanies the trail: the levada. The canal that lends its name to the walk is a constant presence and guides you along the way.

Upon entering Machico towards Portela, you will find several natural viewpoints with Penha de Águia in the background. This important geological formation divides the parishes of Faial and Porto da Cruz.

The end of the trail takes you to the 650-metre-high Portela viewpoint. Here you can take some time to relax and enjoy a drink or some regional food.

Remember, hiking involves specific risks associated with natural events, that the Municipality cannot be held responsible for. Refer to the Hiker's guide developed by VisitMachico® that will alert you to the safety rules and provide you with information about walking in Machico.
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