Levada do Furado starts in the parish of Porto da Cruz and ends in the neighbouring parish of Santo António da Serra. Despite its length, this path is an easy-grade walk due to the lack of variation in altitude.
The trail starts inland at a medium altitude and is surrounded by emblematic species of the Laurissilva forest, such as the Canary bay tree (Laurus novocanariensis), Madeira Mahogany (Persea indica) and Fetid laurel (Ocotea foetens).
The Laurel forest plays an important part in protecting against erosion and ensures the maintenance of streams and natural springs. It is also responsible for the production, infiltration and regulation of water used for human consumption and irrigation.
Dense vegetation surrounds the path, occasionally giving way to incredible panoramic views of the central mountainous ridge.
During the walk, various streams and tributaries flow into the canal increasing the intake of the levada.
There are various tunnels along the route, that complement the uniqueness of the trail and showcase the geological origins of the Island.
As you reach the end of the walk, the imposing Penha de Águia enters the horizon and the trail starts to descend.
Both the ranger station and the lake are two reference points that occur during the last leg of the hike. The lake has a total storage capacity of over 80,000m3 and ensures the reinforcement of the water supply to Porto da Cruz and Santo António da Serra.
Both references occur along the border between either parish as does the Portela viewpoint located at the end of PR 10 - Levada do Furado.
To do this walk it is recommended you go with a tour operator or hire a transport service to get back to your point of origin. Search the business directory and lookup companies that provide these services.