Embark on the enchanting trail from Rabaçal to 25 Fontes, a journey that reveals the unspoiled beauty of Madeira’s lush landscapes and vibrant ecosystems. This walk is an absolute must for those seeking to experience the island’s pristine natural environment, offering a breathtaking tour through one of Madeira’s most valued natural reserves.
Rabaçal: Your adventure begins at Rabaçal, a delightful spot known for its lush vegetation and vibrant birdlife. From here, you descend into the heart of Madeira’s laurisilva forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As you navigate through the forest, you’ll be mesmerized by the chorus of bird songs and the captivating range of endemic flora that surround you.
Trail: Following the trail, you’ll accompany the Levada do Rabaçal, one of the island’s numerous irrigation channels, constructed over centuries to distribute water throughout Madeira. The levadas are a defining feature of Madeira’s landscape and provide a tranquil soundtrack of flowing water to your journey.
25 Fountains: The trail then leads you to the captivating 25 Fontes, or 25 Springs. This natural spectacle comprises numerous cascades falling into a clear pool, creating a serene oasis amidst the forest. The source of these springs remains hidden within the steep cliff face, adding an element of mystery to their beauty. This idyllic spot is the perfect place for rest, reflection, and capturing incredible photographs.
Despite the walk’s remote feel, the trail is well-marked and relatively accessible, making it a great choice for families and walkers of all abilities. The entire journey can be completed in approximately 4 hours, offering a half-day experience filled with wonder and discovery.
At Madeira Sunrise Tours, your safety is our top priority. Therefore, please note that we reserve the right to change, postpone, or cancel walks at short notice if there are adverse weather conditions, landslides, or other circumstances beyond our control.
If you need to cancel your reservation, a refund will only be provided if the cancellation is made by 4:00 PM the day before the scheduled tour/walk.
Please ensure you come prepared with suitable walking shoes or boots and a warm coat, especially if temperatures are low in the mountains.
For full-day walks, please bring a picnic and water with you as they will not be provided by Madeira Sunrise Tours.