Levada do Alecrim is part of the network of levadas that start in the Rabaçal area.
The starting point of this levada also leads us to Levada das 25 Fontes, Risco and Paul II.
To start this Levada, also known as Paul I, follow the paved road a few meters towards the forestry house of Rabaçal. You’ll find a dirt trail visible just to the right, take this route and a few meters ahead you meet the levada. This is a fairly easy, well-marked walk.
During your walk you’ll be traveling through magnificent heather tunnels that almost enclose the path, making this a unique experience.
Approximately 500 meters after the starting point you’ll cross Ribeira do Alecrim (Rosemary stream) that feeds the hydroelectric power station of Calheta. Along the way there is a high rate of endemic flora such as the Madeiran orchid and giant sow thistles. In addition to unique flora there are amazing views onto the Rabaçal and Ribeira da Janela valleys.
Before arriving at the “Dona Beja” lake, you’ll cross a trail: to the right, you’ll be taken up to Lajeado; to the left down to Lagoa do Vento (this descent difficult and is only recommended for experienced walkers). Tributaries, which you’ll have to cross, flowing into the main streams are fairly frequent, although they do not present too much of a challenge.
After more or less 3,4km you’ll arrive at the origin of the levada, where you can enjoy the pretty Dona Beja lake and the serene setting.