Levada walks are the most popular tourist attraction on the island. Levada Caldeirao Verde being one of them. Here’s all the info.
Levada Caldeirao Verde is located in the north of Madeira island, just inland from the municipality of Santana.
If you are planning on taking part in a Levada walk, you should really book onto a guided tour.
That way you have an expert guide that also provides pick up and drop off from hotels, torches (which you will need) and of course all the vital information about the levadas history and how it was built along the way.
We can highly recommend using Adventure Kingdom, who run tours and Levada walks throughout the island on different days of the week.
We took the Madeira Island: Caldeirão Verde Levada Walk and were not disappointed!
The tour takes roughly 4 hours as you pass through 5 tunnels of natural basaltic rock, and enjoy the views of the Caldeirão Verde waterfall.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Levada Caldeirao Verde Tour: €36 per person.
This includes an official mountain guide, transport and insurance (required by Portuguese law).
Duration: Approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes
Highest point: 980m
Lowest point: 890m
Note: Tunnels and Vertigo
Firstly, don’t panic. The walk is completely flat all the way there and back.
We say that because from the starting point at Queimadas Forestry Park you trek to the waterfall (that is the source of Levada Caldeirao Verde) and back along the same path to return.
Learning all about how the impressive work of art was built in the 18th century, and how the natural source of water is still to this day dispersed throughout the island.
The levada carries the water that runs off the highest mountains of Madeira, through the cliffs and mountains along the way.
This 4 hour walk is not only a historical lesson but also the opportunity to walk through tunnels carved by hand out of the rock and gives some spectacular views of the surrounding terrain.
After the 4 tunnels and 6.5km of nature, the waterfall appears on the left of the levada and is only a few metres of steps along the stream bed to reach it.
The Levada Caldeirao Verde waterfall is a beautiful spot to catch your breath, refuel on lunch and enjoy the sound of the 100m falls. Before lacing up the boots for the return trip.
Where To Stay In Madeira
Luxury – The Vine Hotel
Recently awarded as Europe’s Leading Design Hotel, the luxurious Vine Hotel is located in Funchal.
It offers a fusion restaurant with stunning views, a Wine Therapy Spa, access to the fitness centre and a rooftop infinity pool.
Each room features an LCD TV with in-room movies, free WiFi and a laptop-size safe.
The roof terrace sports a heated infinity pool, massage facilities as well as a 20 yard hot tub, with views of Fort São João and the mountains.
Mid-Budget – Hotel Baia Azul
The newly renovated 4-star Hotel Baía Azul is ideally situated a 4-minute walk from Funchal’s beachfront.
It offers 3 swimming pools, 3 restaurants, a Spa and a sun deck overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the gardens.
The hotel has a total of 215 bedrooms with sea-inspired decor. All rooms come with an en suite bathroom, bath amenities and a hairdryer.
Not only that, but a flat-screen cable TV, a minibar, a kettle and a safe deposit box too.
Free WiFi access is provided in all rooms and common areas.
Budget – Funchal Apartments – City View
Funchal Apartments – City View is venue is set in Se district, around a 10 minute walk from Funchal center, and features a terrace with the cathedral view.
The property includes free WiFi, plus express check-in and check-out.
There is also a shared kitchen, ATM and currency exchange for guests.
All rooms include a wardrobe, a desk and a shared bathroom.
For more places to stay in Madeira, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.