Lombada da Ponta do Sol

Difficulty:
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Lombada da Ponta do Sol has it all. Two breathtaking Levadas, an amazing waterfall and one creepy tunnel. This is one of our favorites!

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facts & Live Weather of Lombada da Ponta do Sol 

Ponta Do Sol, Portugal

> Duration: 2-3 hours
> Length: 8.00 km
> Suitable for people with acrophobia: Absolutely not!
> Best-Time-To-Walk: In the morning
> Accessible with Public Transport: Yes
> Secured: Partly Secured
> Refreshment stops available: No
> Loop trail: Yes
> Family Friendly: Yes – But watch your kids

Location of Lombada da Ponta do Sol 

Tip:  This map will automatically show you the best route from your current location to the start of the trail.

Highlights of Lombada da Ponta do Sol 

Description of the Walk Lombada da Ponta do Sol 

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER
We from Madeira-Portugal-Guide are all for safety. That is why we recommend to never walk any of the Levadas alone. Some of them can be dangerous and involve passing high altitude areas. Falling off a steep slope or cliff, can lead to severe injuries or worse. If, for whatever reason, you decide to go alone, let someone know which Levada you will hike and report back to them, once you have safely returned.

All information on this page is made to the best of our knowledge, belief and care. A guarantee for the correctness can not be given, a liability due to the contents is therefore excluded. The use of the information is at your own risk. For accidents, which might be due to our information, is not liable. Mountain hiking, mountaineering and rock climbing are potentially dangerous activities. Each hiker must decide for himself whether the goal he aspires to corresponds to his mountaineering abilities. He has to inform himself before the tour about the current weather conditions and the degree of difficulty of the tour and decide for himself whether this tour meets his abilities. The suggestions on this page do not mean that the destination is easily accessible, unforeseen weather events can make the most harmless way impassable! This applies to every altitude. Meanwhile, the track or parts of this track can be locked.

History of the Levada Lombada da Ponta do Sol

The Levada begins at the manor house of the wealthy Flemish merchant,  João Esmeraldo, who, in the 16th century, used the lands of the Lombada da Ponta do Sol to raise sugar cane. Over the course of the last centuries the former residence underwent several renovations, while still maintaining much of its original style. Since 1931 the building is owned by the Portuguese state and currently serves as a school. Located next to the manor is “Espirito Santo”. A chapel in which the remains of João Esmeraldo are buried. The valley in which both the “Levada do Moinho” and “Levada Nova” are situated is called “Valley Ribeira da Ponta do Sol”. 

How to get there

The best way to reach this trail is by car.  Go to the Location section and let Google Maps show you the optimal route from your current position. 

Of course, you can also use public transport to reach the Levada. First, take a bus to Punta do Sol. Follow this link to see the official schedule of all public bus lines on Madeira. After you have arrived in Ponta do Sol, take a cab to the beginning of the Levada. Instruct the driver to bring you either to the chapel “Espirito Santo” or to the “Levada do Moinho”. The ride should cost you between € 10,- to € 15,-.

Important to know

The tunnel is quite dark and hard to pass without a flashlight. Bring one along to illuminate the path. Make sure to also pack a poncho if you don’t want to get wet at the waterfall. It is recommended that you stock up on water and refreshments before the hike, since there is no such possibility while on the trail. If you have children in your group, make sure to watch them closely. Some parts are unsecured and steep.

GPS-Data

While following the Levada you will pass some remote areas where you will not be able to access the internet. I recommend to you, to save this guide as a PDF on your mobile device.  To do that, click on the Printer-Button in the share-section and save this page as a PDF file. This will allow you to access the trail description without the need for a stable internet connection.

The Walk

Lombada da Ponta Ponta do Sol is a loop trail, giving you two possible walking directions . I recommend starting at the lower “Levada do Moinho” and then returning on the slightly higher “Levada Nova”. This is, in my opinion, the more satisfying option, as the highlights of the Levada are coming towards the end of the tour. There is one big challenge though and that is walking up the steep but tightly secured stairs. They will roughly take up 5 minutes of your time.

The Church in Lombada Ponta do Sol

The walk starts directly behind the chapel “Espirito Santo”. In this area you will find a lot of parking spots for your car. Make sure that you park on one that doesn’t require a fee.

A romantic levada bridge with a nice few

The path is simple to follow. Just keep walking along the Levada and enjoy the breathtaking view of the valley “Ribeira da Ponta do Sol”. After roughly 1 hour you will reach the bridge that is shown in the picture below. This is an ideal spot for taking pictures.

Old stairway leading up to another Levada

After crossing the bridge, continue for 5 more minutes on the Levada, until you reach the area shown here. Before proceeding you have the option of walking to the end point of the trail that follows Levada do Moinho (the levada continues, but this part of the trail ends here). It is an ideal place for taking a short break and admiring the beautiful little creek. After getting some rest, head back to where you came from and up the stairs. While they may be steep, you will only need about 5 minutes to reach the top. 

The famous waterfall of Lombada da Ponta do Sol

Once you have completed them, you will follow a different levada called “Levada Nova” to your right-hand side (we are heading back towards the sea). After hiking for another 15 to 20 minutes on the new path, you will reach the highlight of this levada, which is the famous waterfall. You can take pictures of it from different angles including from behind the waterfall. Make sure to take your time here and soak in the surrounding beauty. After taking in the awe-inspiring sight, head onwards and soon you will reach the second highlight of this walk: The tunnel. As mentioned before, make sure you have a flashlight with you, as it is pretty dark inside and you will have to pass it, to proceed further. The tunnel is approximately 200 meters long. Please don’t forget to watch your head :-). 

After the adventurous trek through the darkness, you will have to just keep on walking towards the end of the Levada Nova. Once again, you can enjoy the exceptional view of the valley and the distant sea. Keep on walking and after about 30 to 40 minutes you will reach the spot shown in the image below:

Getting back to the center of Lombada Ponta do Sol

Go down the stairs until you reach the end. You will have landed on a street. Follow this road until you come to a cross section (see picture below).

Crossroads in Lombada Ponta do Sol

Take the right and head straight until you are back at the starting point: the chapel “Espirito Santo”. 

High Five yourself and/or your friends for completing the walk!

Detailed map of Lombada da Ponta do Sol 

Tip: This map can also display the elevation of the route. To use this feature press play. Then go to the top right corner, click on menu and select “Hills”. 

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