Walking Route

Levada da Negra

Levada da Negra is a small water channel that in the past served as a way for the ice deliverymen transport it to the hospital and hotels


7,0 km


3 hour(s)

Poço da Neve is an important piece of the island’s arquitectural heritage, and a mark of the Mediterranean influence in our culture. It was used to store the snow and hail that would fall on the wintertime in the highest points of the Madeiran central mountain range. This ice, considered a rarity, was then carried by men downhill in wicker baskets, inside leather bags and wrapped in straw, to hotels and hospitals. Located next to the Poiso - Pico do Areeiro road, the well is in good condition. Today, it is still possible to walk the same route used by the men who carried the ice trough Levada da Negra. The route begins next to Poço da Neve, near Pico do Areeiro and ends at Curral Velho, in Santo António. At the beginning of the path, we can see Funchal through the valley of Santa Luzia brook. Levada da Negra runs parallel to this brook and a path follows its course. A few minutes later, arriving at Terreiro Freixo we can observe a series of circular sheepfolds built with basalt stones. In the upper part of the path, we have a view over the Funchal bay and the city amphitheatre.

 Criteria for Classification of Footpaths:

Difficulty level:

  • “Flat” - flat or smooth slope course, accessible to anyone with a Global Assessment: Easy to everyone in a physical form within normal range.
  • “Undulating” - a course that presents slight ascents or descents, requiring a greater physical effort, but adequate for anyone who maintains regular physical activity.
    • “Uneven” - path with sometimes successive steep slopes. Requires a great physical effort, only advised for people with good physical condition.

Danger level:

  • “Familiar” - a route without great risks and which, with due caution, can be carried out by any type of person, including children and teenagers accompanied by adults.
  • “Adults” - a course that offers some risks and requires some care on the part of the walker. Children should not carry out this route, even when accompanied by an adult, by people of age or with physical limitations.
  • “Mountaineers” - a course with a high level of danger. Only people with a minimum of climbing practice and knowledge can do it.

Overall Rating:

  • “Easy” - refers to a route that can be easily done and does not require a great deal of physical effort. This kind of paths does not pose any added risk to those who chose to do them.
  • “Moderate” - refers to a moderately achievable course, which requires a great physical effort and/or offers some level of danger.
  • “Difficult” - a course that should only be done by experienced, properly equipped and physically fit people. A course, which offers great difficulty in terms of physical effort and is highly dangerous.

Walking is a refreshing, exciting and highly rewarding activity, but it carries some risks. The walks should be planned in advance, considering factors such as weather conditions, food, transportation, equipment needed, etc.


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