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Walk in the Tabua Valley

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A nice walk with good views which is rather exposed in some sections and includes a walk through a 75m tunnel. The descent to Ribeira Brava is very steep but some sections have steps,
Distance 10.4 km
4:30 h
507 m
701 m
Today’s walk starts directly from the hotel and explores the charming valley of Tabua by following the Levada Nova which offers good views of the coastal towns, sea and verdant Tabua valley. The path can be exposed in parts, and included in today’s hike is a section through a 75m tunnel– so be sure to take your headtorch with you, there are also few easy river crossings. Today’s walk is a fantastic and varied introduction to walking on Madeira.
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Laura Paterson
Update: January 16, 2018
Highest point
445 m
Lowest point
11 m

Safety information

Sections can be slippy or with loose rock so care should be taken with your footing. You may also encounter some sections where the path is narrow and with no handrails so please take extra care here. There can be some rocks or branches blocking the path which are easily passed but take care when you do this.


Ribeira Brava (179 m)
32.677031, -17.066139
32°40'37.3"N 17°03'58.1"W
28S 306271 3617369


Ribeira Brava

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These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.


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32.677031, -17.066139
32°40'37.3"N 17°03'58.1"W
28S 306271 3617369
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Peter Lenk
October 14, 2019 · Community
Anfangs steil, dann läuft es sich sehr angenehm. Die Aussichten und Streckenlauf sind typisch für die Insel. Wenn man in der Nähe ist, ist die Route ein Tipp. Eine weitere Anfahrt lohnt nicht unbedingt.
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When did you do this route? October 14, 2019

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10.4 km
4:30 h
507 m
701 m
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