Begin your journey on the Referta to Castelejo walk, a truly breathtaking experience showcasing the rich natural and cultural beauty of Madeira Island. This magnificent walk offers a unique combination of coastal and forested landscapes, along with insights into the local agricultural practices and traditions.
Referta: The walk starts in the peaceful village of Referta, where you can enjoy the charm of local Madeiran life, away from the hustle and bustle of larger towns. As you embark on the path, you are immediately greeted by a stunning view of the ocean – a sight that will accompany you for a large part of your journey.
The Path: The path itself is a levada walk – levadas being the historic irrigation channels that are a characteristic feature of Madeira’s landscape. They were created by early settlers to carry water to the island’s terraced farmlands, and these levada walks offer a unique view of Madeira’s rural life.
Features: As you continue along the levada, you’ll encounter lush vegetation, picturesque vineyards, and terraced fields, some of which still follow the traditional cultivation methods, including sugarcane and banana plantations. This offers an authentic look into the agricultural life of Madeira. The trail is beautifully framed by laurel and eucalyptus trees, which provide a canopy over the levada. You’ll find yourself immersed in the verdant surroundings, bathed in the intoxicating scents of wildflowers and herbs, offering a soothing sensory experience.
Castelejo: A key highlight of the route is the stunning viewpoint at Castelejo. Here, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of the northern coastline and the majestic mountains in the backdrop. This is a fantastic spot for photographs and a well-deserved rest while you soak in the magnificent views.
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.