facts & Live Weather of Maloeira
> Duration: 2-3 hours
> Length: 7.70 km
> Suitable for people with acrophobia: No
> Best-Time-To-Walk: Before 10:00 AM – best time to avoid tourist crowds
> Accessible with Public Transport: Yes
> Secured: Partly Secured
> Refreshment stops available: Yes
> Loop trail: Yes
Location of Maloeira
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Highlights of Ribeiro Frio to Feiteiras de Baixo
Description of the Looptrail of Maloeira
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERWe 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.
ALSO NOTICEAll 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 Ribeiro Frio & Feiteiras de Baixo
How to get there
The best way to reach the Levada Ribeiro Frio to Feiteiras de Baixo 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 Ribeiro Frio. Follow this link to see the official schedule of all public bus lines on Madeira. The buses stop directly in the center of the town.
Important to know & 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.
Parking lot where the Levada Walk starts at the Hotel Jardim Atlantico in Prazeres.
You have enough space for parking your car at the Hotel Jardim Atlantico
Going down passing the Hotel on the right you will see a sign showing the way down to the Hike.
Here you see the way leading to the hike.
Roughly 200 Meters down the road turn right to get down to the beautiful walk
You will see the way, which is blessed with flowers on both sides.
Soon the way turns to an old path made out of stones.
The path is very steep.
Luckely the very steep path of Maloeira has protections
When you reach this crossroad turn to the right.
Soon after you will find this tunnel. Pass it without fear 😀
Soon after you reach this point where you have to turn left and cross a small river.
Luckely the river is small and doesnt carry a lot of water in Ribeira Seca
Here the ascent begints up the valey of Ribeira Seca
Here the path is very slippery. Take care.
Turn left when you face this stone wall in Maloeira
The path is wild and romantic in toe Valley of Ribeira Seca
You will find this rock which forms a little tunnel on the way to Maloeira. It should come about 10 minutes heading into the way.
When you reach this old stone tarrece in Maloeira, turn right.
Some parts of the path are improved by steel in Ribeira Seca
Follow the path streight on.
The ascent takes some time. So take rests every once in a while.
You will arrive rougly 15 Minutes later this stairway made out of stones with cactuses on both sides.
You will notice that the fauna is changing the higher you come.
Keep following the way up to Maloeira
Roughly 15 to 20 Minutes later you hit a road. Turn left to get to Prazeres.
Soon after an old building apears on the path.
10 to 15 Minutes you hit an asphalt road in Maloeira.
You will pass an old washing house of Maloeira in the Rua do Pico.
10 Minutes later you will get closer to the center.
Approximatly 5 minutes later you have to turn left to get to the center. .
You will reach a dead end. 10 Meters befor that turn left.
Cross the bridge to get to the center of Maloeira
Right after crossing the breach turn right to get to “Levada Nova” in Maloeira.
Imeadatly after turning right, you will see a little bar/shot. Go take a rest there if you feel like. Its cheap and good.
Coming from the bridge turn right to get to the Levada part of the walk. Its right oposite of the bar.
200 Meters up you will see the place where the Levada crosses the street. Its right where the grey house is. Behind the house turn right and follow the Levada.
Start follwoing the Levada Nova heading to Prazeres
You will several little bridges.
You will reach this place, where the Levada goes under the street. Just head straight ahead.
As said the Levada Nova goes underground but reemergas roughly 50 Meters later
Soon after you will reach one of the highlights of the tour. A fantastic water house right next to the Levada Nova.
And soon after that you get to another highlight. This fantastic bridge.
10 to 15 Minutes later you get to Lombo da Vehla
Just keep following the Levada Nova in Lombo da Velha
You will reach the water control station in Lombo da Velha
You reached the part where you will leave the Levada Nova when you see this Resting area.
From here on follow the way to the center of Prazeres
Follow the Caminho da Estacada to Prazeres
Soon you will reach this cross road. Here turn left.
5 to 10 Minutes later you will reach the beatiful Church of Prazeres.
Follow the road on the right. The sing shows the way back to the Hotel Jardim Atlantico.
A modern washing house arrives on the way back to the Hotel Jardim Atlantico
Finally you arrive at this sign pointing to the start of this walk at the Hotel Jardim Atlantico
You are getting very close to the Hotel Jardim Atlantico
This will be the last restaurants you pass on your way back.
A couple of months later you are back where you have started.
High five yourself and your friends, for completing the Looptrail of Maloeira!
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