7 – Levada do Rabaçal – Risco – 25 Fontes

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Departs: 09:00
Returns at approximately: 16:45

7 – Levada do Rabaçal – Risco – 25 Fontes

Full-Day Madeira Island Walk



was 45€



under age 9



09h00 – 16h45




7 – Levada do Rabaçal – Risco – 25 Fontes

This is probably the most popular Levada walk in Madeira. It starts at the regional road 110, in Paúl da Serra which is located at approximately 1000 meters above sea level. We start walking down a paved road towards the Forest House of Rabaçal. While walking down through Rabaçal’s valley we are surrounded by multiple shades of green. This is considered to be one of the most beautiful valleys of Madeira.

After Rabaçal’s house, we follow Levada do Risco that takes us to an impressive waterfall which is also called Risco. Here there is a balcony where we can rest and enjoy the extraordinary cascade which falls vertically from 100 meters high creating a ridge in the rock.

Afterward, we continue going down and follow the 25 Fontes Levada to reach the second waterfall. The 25 Fontes waterfall descends from 30 meters high. Its name derives from the fact that there are at least 25 springs created by the water that comes down from Paúl da Serra. At the base of the waterfall, there is a small lagoon surrounded by giant ferns.

The water from the Levada do Risco and Levada of 25 Fontes flow parallel to each other, both heading to the Hydroelectric Power Station in Calheta. The water is carried on to irrigate agricultural land.

Along this beautiful walk, the landscape is dominated by altitude heaths, which include the tree heather, the besom heath, and the Madeira bilberry. We can also observe the rare mountain mocano. These species are part of the Laurissilva Forest of Madeira, which was classified in 1999 as a Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. Among many species of birds, hopefully, we can find the long-toed pigeon, a unique species of Madeira.

After returning to the shelter house of Rabaçal, we either take the long tunnel which leads us towards the regional road 211 in Calheta, or we return through the same track to Paúl da Serra.

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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Robert D

Couple Traveller

Booked the tour of the eastern part of the island and enjoyed the day out, stopped in many spectacular locations, not rushed during a nice lunch stop, pity the cloud came down at the mountain top stop, would love to have seen the views. Also did a second day out with Happy Tours, the full day walk along the Rabacal levadas, a spectacular area with a good driver/guide. The hotel pick up and drop off were on time on both occasions.

11 March, 2016


Couple Traveller

After a long time trying to decide we went on a walking tour around the Rabacal. This was an all-day tour which costed 34 Euros each. On the brochure, this was described as a medium difficulty but we would have said it was easy unless maybe you’re older.
We loved this tour, with its beautiful scenery and amazing views. Our tour guide was very good too, being able to speak a lot of languages well and making sure we all heard what she was saying. She was very friendly and what she had to say was really interesting. There were about 15 people on the walk with us which we thought was a good amount.

17 September, 2011
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