• Levada Nova da Calheta

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Levada Nova da Calheta

  • Itinerary
  • Central Hidroelétrica da Calheta - Posto Florestal dos Prazeres - Lombada dos Marinheiros - Cabo
  • Start
  • Central Hidroelétrica da Calheta
  • End
  • Cabo (E.R. 101)




  • Typology
  • Difficulty
  • Terrain
  • FLAT
  • Direction
  • Distance
  • 39 KM
  • Time
  • 6h – 9h

3D Route

Source: Google Earth

How to get here

With Funchal as reference:

  • Take the Via Rápida (VR1) towards Ribeira Brava;
  • In Ribeira Brava, follow the Via Expresso (VE3) towards Ponta do Sol and Calheta;
  • Once you arrive in the village of Calheta, at the roundabout take the 1st exit towards the Estrada Regional (E.R. 222);
  • At the crossing with E.R. 222, go towards the Hydroelectric Power Station;
  • The route is located on the left.


Points of Interest

Stretching over 40km, Levada Nova da Calheta is the longest route of its kind in the Municipality of Calheta. While lengthy, altitude wise there isn’t much variation, with the levada flowing between 600 and 700 meters altitude.

This walk is used by many Madeirans trying to keep in shape and with the exception of Arco da Calheta, the aqueduct flows through all the Civil Parishes of the Municipality, meaning that there are numerous points of access.

Although Arco da Calheta may not receive water from this particular Levada, it has its own called Levada Nova do Arco da Calheta. Opened in April 2015 it is the continuation of the Levada Nova da Calheta project. Click here to have a look at Levada Nova do Arco da Calheta.

If you were to travel via the regional roads between Calheta, Estreito da Calheta, Prazeres, Fajã da Ovelha and Ponta do Pargo, at the altitudes indicated above, you would cross various times with this Levada, giving you a sense of just how big it really is.

So, if you do not wish to do this walk in its entirety, due to whatever reason, you could always do it in segments thus getting a feel for this agricultural levada walk.

The scenery you’ll find at any one of the possible sections is representative of the Levada as a whole. You’ll find large trees such as Pines and Eucalyptus, once serving as a means of rapid reforestation, as well as housing and farm land. Along this route you’ll certainly cross many streams and tributaries such as Ribeiras da Calheta, Marinheiros, Moinhos, Seca, Funda and many more.
In these more humid areas it is possible to find species belonging to the Laurel Forest or Laurissilva, like Canary Laurels and the endemic Bay Trees.

You’ll also come across farmland where the main regional vegetables grown are potatoes, sweet potatoes and green beans. Fruits also flourish here, you’ll likely find fig, papaya, lemon and apple trees.

On the map, available below, you can have a look at the route and decide where your starting point will be.
We personally recommend a shorter walk that starts in the Civil Parish of Prazeres going along until Fajã da Ovelha (Lombada dos Marinheiros). Click here to consult this walk.

You may meet some mountain biking enthusiasts along the way, seeing as this levada is not on the official recommended list, these cyclists make use of this flat levada on their bikes. If you choose to follow their lead please keep in mind that these channels were not built for that purpose, always keep yourself safe.


In addition to the safety guide the Municipality of Calheta prepared specifically for you, which you may find here, please note these more specific recommendations:

- Wear comfortable footwear appropriate for a walk of this length;

- Take enough food and drink for the duration of your walk.




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