If you are too out of shape to attempt a more demanding route this classic levada walk from Pico das Pedras to Queimadas, in Santana, may well be the answer to your prayers.
A levada walk suitable from eight ‘till eighty years old, this short stroll connects the Pico das Pedras to the Queimadas forest house in a distance of two and a half kilometers along a gentle and leveled path, on the North coast of Madeira, making it a great introduction to this particular type of nature tourism.
Leave the car either in Pico das Pedras or in Queimadas (both with small parking lots available) and just hit the trail, water bottle, a few snacks and photo camera in the backpack, heading in the opposite direction.
One and a half hour should be enough to complete the whole route, forward and back, amidst pristine vegetation and calm atmosphere. Under the dense green canopy you’ll find plenty of people like you passing by, surrounded by a few miles of fairy-tale forest, molded from the same stuff dreams are made of. And “rivers running though it”.
For the most adventurous of us all, Queimadas is also the starting point for a longer and physically demanding levada that takes hikers for the Caldeirão Verde and beyond.
Just one advice:
Do it in mid-Spring, so that you can see the flowers blooming or, on the other hand, in Autumn for a glimpse of nature’s beautiful pastel tones.