Levadas of Madeira and Walking.
of the defining holiday activities of Madeira is Levada
walking . For most visitors to the subtropical island
Levadas do not need any introduction. For many, however,
it is an exciting new experience that adds an unusual
twist to the common fare available at many other holiday
are public property and can be enjoyed by most people
as a course to walk along by. More importantly, the
Levadas are the systems of irrigation and supplies
of potable water to most of the island.
Photo courtesy of Turivema
protection and status cannot be diminished. It is
incumbent on the visitor to protect and not disturb
the sensitive "lifeblood" of Madeira: to
recognise the waterways as part of Madeira's agricultural
infrastructure, as part of its utility as a water
supply, and as part of the Madeiran tourism economy.
Along with these important reminders the local government
has made attempts to qualify the status of the Levadas
internationally as a world wide heritage asset - a
programme sponsored by the United Nations.
has collected several articles and links to other
sites to help elaborate the rich experience and importance
of Madeira Levadas and Levada Walking.
list is included below:
Winding Paths on an Enchanting Island
Article: A closer look at the origins and position
of the Levadas today. [More
Watery Thoughts - Article:
How much water is there in the Levadas?
How far do the waterways stretch? What else do we
need to know about Levada Walking? [More
- A dedicated walking host for your holiday
- Visit this STUNNING
website for a magical "carpet- ride view"
of Levada walking on Madeira. This site has
hundreds of photographs of the Levadas sent to them
by their guests! [More
Digranes Photo Collection
- Jon has visited Madeira multiple times. His awesome
collection of photographs captures essentially the
beauty and spirit of Levada walking. [More
on Levada Walking
- Visit Madeira Shopping to find books and
picture CD-ROM's on Madeira Levada walking. Other
books and items are also available for purchase. [More