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Levada walks

LevadaLevadas are irrigation channels that run across the entire island to supply the dryer areas with water; the Portuguese started building these aqueducts in the 16th century. Nowadays the narrow paths besides the levadas are very popular with hikers. They provide a remarkable network of walking paths across the island, crossing villages, fields, forests and meadows, often with fantastic views across valleys towards the sea. As the levadas run about half-way up the mountain slopes and stay more or less on one level, they are not challenging in terms of condition; however, some should be avoided by people suffering from vertigo. At times the path is no wider than the stone wall of the levada itself, and not all paths are secured. The levada walks have different degrees of difficulty; if you are unsure which ones to try, we can organize a guide for you.