This alternative walk is an option in case of wet weather, if the descent to Ilha is thought to be slippery.
Heavily eroded volcanic valley with steep sides. The surrounding ridge line traps the prevailing wind and moisture resulting in a humid tropical and sub-tropical forest.
The climb to the levada is quite steep over steps and slippery clay paths. From the tunnels, gradient is almost level until the end of the walk.
From the little village of Ilha, the path goes steadily up to the Levada do Caldeirão Verde. On passing through a series of tunnels, you will arrive at Caldeirão Verde itself, a breath-taking 100m waterfall and one of the sources of the levada. On passing the head of the Ribeira dos Arcos, you are treated to a stunning display of ferns, flowers and foliage interspersed with waterfalls, through which can be seen amazing vistas of the valley below. The path widens near Parque das Queimadas traditional thatched cottages and the levada runs to Pico das Pedras.
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Consignes de sécurité
- You must be sure-footed and have a head for heights.
- Some slippery sections.
- When path is narrow, walk carefully on the trail.
- In case of landslides, do not proceed if there is any hazard.
- Poor signal reception on part of the trail.
- Poor gps coverage also, data might diverge from given information.
Conseils et recommandations supplémentaires
Points of Interest
- The Levada do Caldeirão Verde is one of the most famous and striking levadas on the island.
- The Laurisilva of Madeira is the largest surviving example of laurel forest that once covered much of Southern Europe 15-40 million years ago. It is a unique environment shared by the western group of the Canaries, the Azores and Cape Verde Islands. Since 1999 it has enjoyed the status of a UNESCO World Heritage listing. Laurisilva of Madeira - UNESCO - The Laurissilva Forest of Madeira
- The typical fauna and flora of the Laurisilva of Madeira can be found at Queimadas Forest Park. Queimadas Forest Park
- Santana is a beautiful village on the north coast, famous for its small triangular houses built of natural stone and thatched with straw. Near Santana townhall, you can visit some of these colourful fairy tale houses hosting small shops. Santana traditional houses
Santana is well served with banks, supermarkets, numerous bars and restaurants, a pharmacy and a bus station.
Food & Drink
- Picnic and water required.
- Bar at Queimadas.
- Transfer to Ilha in the morning.
- Transfer from Pico das Pedras at the end of the day.
- A good head torch is essential for the tunnel sections.
- Raingear and warm clothing.
- Walking boots.