PR10 Levada do Furado

« from Ribeiro Frio to Portela, in the primary forest of Madeira »

PR10 - Levada do Furado is one of the recommended PR walks in Madeira. Starting from the small village of Ribeiro Frio, it takes you to discover Madeira's primary forest on a 10 km route in the Ribeiro Frio Natural Park to Portela. A fairly accessible route for regular walkers, with no real difficulties (not very steep and despite a few ravines, there are few problems with vertigo, the route is safe).

levada do furado PR10 panel
« panneau PR10 levada do furado ©Isen Majennt »

Its main problem is the organisation to get back to the starting point, which means that there will probably be fewer people than on some other levadas. Nevertheless, don't think you'll be hiking alone: it's quite busy with the park's reputation.

The route

Starting from Ribeiro Frio, we follow the levada do furado for the first 8 km of the hike. During this first part, we will find an artificial waterfall in the form of a staircase and covered with moss, very nice for the photo amateurs. All along the levada, we will discover small waterfalls, as well as a magnificent natural waterfall with a small pool.

Levada do Furado waterfall
« Cascade Levada do Furado - © Isen Majennt »

On many occasions, the levada path becomes quite narrow. Small stairs, passages in small tunnels or in the carved rock. It's a very nice walk through thick vegetation and gives you a real taste of what primary forest is like: flowers, ferns, laurels etc. If you walk in silence, it is possible to discover many species of birds.

the rock cut along the levada do furadosmall river levada do furado
« Toute la beauté de la levada, taillée dans la roche © Isen Majennt »

Arrived at Lombo da Raiz, it is now along levada da Portela that we will walk, to go down to the small village of Portela, place of arrival of the hike. You will discover many valleys, with a view of Penha de Agua as a highlight. As soon as you arrive in Portela, there is a beautiful viewpoint next to the church. Before that, you arrive at the forest house of Lamaceiros, a beautiful place!

Hiking information

Departure : Ribeiro Frio
Balisage : PR®
Type de parcours : itinerance
Altitude Max : 895 m
Difficulty : moyen

10.41 km
Deniv +
+180 m
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Miradouro from Portela, view of Penha de Agua
« Miradouro depuis Portela, vue sur Penha de Agua © Isen Majennt »

The levada in pictures

Among the beautiful pictures of the levada do furado hike, I share with you the slideshows of Emmanuel PARENT and Isen Majennt which were used to illustrate this hiking guide.

levada do furado trailsmall waterfall levada do furado
« Levada do Furado, sentier et chute d'eau - © E. Parent »

narrow path in the rock, levada do furado
« Le sentier parfois étroit, dans la roche ©Isen Majennt »

Madeira forest in the mist, ribeiro frioStairs along the levada do furado
« Les décors de la forêt madérienne du parc naturel de Ribeiro Frio - ©emmanuel PARENT »

A panorama of Madeira's valleys
« le panorama incroyable des montagnes madériennes © Isen Majennt »

picnic area, lamaceiros forest house in portelapicnic table at portela
« aire de pique nique, maison forestiere lamaceiros à portela - © Emmanuel Parent »

Organising the return trip from Portela

Ribeiro Frio and Portela are not at all in the same valley. This route crosses Madeira Island from West to East. There is no direct road between the two villages. Therefore, you have to be organised accordingly from a logistical point of view.

To access the Ribeiro Frio natural site, please refer to the access section of the natural park article.

Solution 1: return on foot

In general, no one likes to go backwards. It obviously doubles the journey (20km a/r), but it is ultimately the easiest solution if you have parked in the Ribeiro Frio car park. If you opt for this solution, take the opportunity to do the PR11 - vereda dos balcoes, a very short walk (only 3km a/r) which offers you an exceptional panorama of the north of the island, notably Faial and Penha de Agua.

Solution 2: take a taxi

When you arrive in Portelo, there is potentially a taxi stop near the shops and bus stops that can take you back to either your next place of discovery (or your place of residence), or to your car if you parked in Ribeiro Frio. (Expect to pay €20 and drive 20 minutes for this journey, the taxi passes a little further south on the ER202.) Check before you leave to make sure you get your taxi.

You can also park in Portelo, and take a taxi to the starting point in Ribeiro Frio.

Solution 3: the greenest, by bus

If you came by bus to Ribeiro Frio, then you can take the 53 or 77 bus to return to Funchal. This takes about 45 minutes and costs a few Euros. Line 53 also allows you to continue your adventure in the north of the island: Porto da Cruz, Faial.

Les dénivelés du parcours

Légende de la carte :

------ - environ 10.41 km    Point de départ   Point d'arrivée de la randonnée.
Forêt primaire


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