Special Interest Holidays
Levada walking is a popular activity on Madeira. Levadas are water channels hollowed out of the ground or carved into rock which go under mountains and along valleys. This network was begun by the first Portuguese settlers who found it an ideal way of getting abundant water from the central mountains to cultivated land in the south. This water flow is controlled by sluices, operated by levadeiros, who ensure that farmers get equal supplies of water. They are also responsible for keeping the levadas clean. This unique irrigation system extends over 1335 miles and is therefore an excellent way of exploring Madeira’s interior.
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