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Review: Levada Walks

Escorted Tour - Walking

Madeira, Portugal

Escorted Levada walks

  • By SilverTraveller Lippizaner

    1 review

  • April 2016
  • On your own

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I was visiting Madeira as a single traveler, and although an experienced walker did not want to venture out by myself, also I did not have my own transport, so I booked a couple of escorted easy levada walks.

The scenery was spectacular, the walks were easy although you do need a head for heights (I found my walking pole an excellent advantage). Having said that most of the walking was on even ground (sometimes hard surface).

The Portuguese guide spoke excellent English, although there were both German and French speakers within the group whom he was conversing with. He was also knowledgeable and told us how the levada system works as well as pointing out places of interest, identifying plants and picking fruit from trees for us to eat.

I booked these walks through Flora Travel (www.floratravel.pt), there mini bus picked me up from the hotel punctually and found the experience excellent.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 4 Comment(s)

  • sandra_42
    over 5 years ago
    I did some levada walks several years ago and it's a unique experience.
  • ESW
    over 5 years ago
    Thank you for the extra information.
  • Lippizaner
    over 5 years ago
    To answer ESW's point - the first walk had approx 16 walkers, the second 7 walkers. The pace was not fast and there were enough stops to catch up/take photos. A range of walks both in length and difficult are on offer. I choose the two easy ones to start with (they are also half-day walks) but would certainly try a more difficult walk on a return to Madeira.
  • ESW
    over 5 years ago
    How many people were there on the walk? Did the group walk at approximately the same speed or did the front set a cracking pace with the stragglers at the back. I would always be concerned that I might hold up the group.

    Do they offer a range of walks of different lengths and difficulties to choose from.