• Levada do Risco

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PR 6.1 - Levada do Risco

  • Itinerary
  • Rabaçal - Casas do Rabaçal - Risco
  • Start
  • Rabaçal (E.R. 105)
  • End
  • Rabaçal (E.R. 105)





  • PR
  • EASY
  • 6,6 KM (2x 3,3 KM)
  • Time
  • 2h30min – 3h

3D Route

Source: Google Earth

How to get here

With Funchal as a reference and keeping in mind that the regional road (ER. 105) between Encumeada and Rabaçal is temporarily closed, we recommend the following route:

  • Take the Via Rápida (VR1) towards Ribeira Brava;
  • In Ribeira Brava, follow the Via Expresso (VE3) towards Ponta do Sol and Calheta;
  • Once you reach the village of Arco da Calheta, at the roundabout take the first exit towards E.R. 222;
  • In Loreto follow the signs towards Rabaçal;
  • Once there the walk is on the right hand side.


Points of Interest

Levada do Risco is another very sought-after walks for tourists and Madeirans alike and it is easy to see why. As with Levada das 25 Fontes, you may start this walk in two manners: either in Rabaçal on the E.R. 105 (formerly E.R. 110) or in the picnic area of Caldeira, known as “the garage”, located at Estrada Dr. Roberto Monteiro (formerly E.R. 211).

In either case the trail in easily accessible. We recommend taking the first option, as it makes for easier parking. There is also a service bus, provided by the Municipality of Calheta (3€ one way, 5€ return) that takes visitors down the 2km long paved road to the starting point: The Rabaçal Forestry House.

If you do choose to go down by foot, the profound scenery makes for an inspiring descent.

Just before you arrive at the house, there is an unmarked trail to your right that takes you to Lagoa do Vento. For more information click here.

Once you arrive at the Rabaçal forestry house make use of the toilets available as there are no others on the walk.

The trail is well marked you need only follow the instructions given on information signs.

Levada das 25 Fontes and Levada do Risco flow parallel to each other, both heading to the Hydroelectric Power Station in Calheta. The scenery and landscape leading up to the Risco waterfall are identical, although each levada has its own particularities such as the waterfalls and views of the profound valleys. 

The Laurissilva or Laurel forest is well represented along this walk and together with the centennial heathers, they create an unforgettable scene. Being a short, tranquil walk it is frequent to see families with younger children. The name Risco (Risk) is not associated in any way with the walk so please do not be put off by this.

On rainy days the ground can be muddy, requiring added care.

At the end of the route you are rewarded with a beautiful contemplation point, taking the form of the Risco Waterfall.

Although seemingly possible, you cannot carry on from this point, you must return the way you came.

Is you still have time don’t forget to go down to levada das 25 fontes.


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:

- This is one of the most visited levadas on the Island, so during your walk when approaching a narrow path, passage should be granted to whoever finds themselves in the less favourable position;

- Although there are safety fences at the riskier points, do not support yourself on them when granting passage to other walkers;

- During your walk, you’ll find many shortcuts that you could try. Other than the ones flagged or mentioned before, do not venture into unknown areas.




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