14 – Levada da Referta

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5,5Km - Easy
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Departs: 09:00
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14 – Levada da Referta

Half-Day Madeira Island Walk



was 35€



under age 9



09h00 – 12h30




14 – Levada da Referta

Levada da Referta is an easy and flat Levada walk, therefore, it does not present significant difficulties.

This pleasant walk is located in Porto da Cruz which is on the north side of Madeira Island. We begin our trip at a place called Referta and walk towards Castelejo.

On this walk, we will observe the local crops grown for self-sustenance. We will be able to see a variety of vegetable plantations and also some fruit trees.

Also visible are the sugarcane plantations, which was and still is very important for the parish. Sugarcane has been cultivated here since the beginning of the settlement. The canes are transformed into Aguardente (white Rum), which is then used in the typical drink known as Poncha.

Towards the end of the walk, we can also observe some vineyards, responsible for the production of the famous American wine.

Along the way, we have breathtaking views of the north sea, Porto da Cruz and the spectacular rock formation Penha d’Águia. This imposing rock rises from the earth at 590 meters high.

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What to Bring?

According to the time of the year that you chose to walk in Madeira and taking into consideration our changeable weather, it is necessary to be well prepared for the Levada walks and the mountain trails.

Recommended Equipment


Good Shoes

Proper boots or walking shoes with a good grip;


Good Jacket

An all-weather jacket is a perfect choice for the walks;


A Flashlight

Bring a flashlight or your mobile telephone with a flashlight to help you cross some of the tunnels in certain walks;


Walking Stick

A walking stick can be suitable and useful for some of our guests to feel more confident.

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Malcolm M

Solo Traveller

I booked in for this morning walk on the Referta levada just the previous night. I am reasonably fit, but having never done it before thought I would start with an easy one. There were only five of us, with our guide Nuno, a friendly local with a nice sense of humour – apologies if the spelling is wrong! I think that would be the minimum number they would operate on, any less presumably not worth the expense of guide and driver. I was picked up at the Cliff Bay at 0830, and it took about half an hour to where we were going. During this time, Nuno pointed out various things along the way, and it became clear he would be a very good company for the walk.
The walk itself was only about 3 miles or 5k, and very flat. The only thing that might challenge some, is that there are no handrails along the way, with quite a drop should you veer off the path, and at times it was quite narrow. It was all quite safe, but in the sanitized world we now live in back home, these walks would probably not pass the various risk assessments that would have to be carried out! How nice to be in Madeira. Nuno talked about the natural habitat and brought it all to life, he was really excellent. At the end of the walk, the minibus had made its way round to collect us, and after a coffee at a small café, we returned to Funchal and dropped back off at the hotel, about midday. Thanks for a gentle introduction, and I am now a convert and will use happy tours on my next visit.

8 January, 2016
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