Looptrail of Maloeira

Difficulty:
6/10

Starting at the Hotel Jardim Atlantico in Prazeres this looptrail will show you the beautiful and romantic south-west of Madeira.

Facts | Location | Highlights | Description of the Walk | GPS | Detailed Map

facts & Live Weather of Maloeira

Prazeres, Madeira, Portugal

> 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

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

Highlights of Ribeiro Frio to Feiteiras de Baixo

Description of the Looptrail of Maloeira

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.

ALSO NOTICE

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 Ribeiro Frio & Feiteiras de Baixo

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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

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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

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Cars in a parking lot in Ponta da Pargo

Parking lot where the Levada Walk starts at the Hotel Jardim Atlantico in Prazeres.

Parking lot at Jardim Atlantico

You have enough space for parking your car at the Hotel Jardim Atlantico

Sign showing the way down the Hike

Going down passing the Hotel on the right you will see a sign showing the way down to the Hike.

Passing the hotel Jardim Atlantico on the left hand side.

Here you see the way leading to the hike.

Right turn down to the beautiful walk

Roughly 200 Meters down the road turn right to get down to the beautiful walk

The way is blessed with flowers on both sides.

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.

Soon the way turns to an old path made out of stones. 

The path is steep.

The path is very steep.

Luckely the steep path of Maloeira has protections

Luckely the very steep path of Maloeira has protections

At the crossroads you have to turn right.

When you reach this crossroad turn to the right.

Going through the tunnel on the path of Maloeira

Soon after you will find this tunnel. Pass it without fear 😀

Soon we have to turn left and cross a small river.

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

Luckely the river is small and doesnt carry a lot of water in Ribeira Seca

The ascent begints up the valey of Ribeira Seca

Here the ascent begints up the valey of Ribeira Seca

moutain, slippery path valley riveira seca ou do Paul

Here the path is very slippery. Take care. 

Turn left when you face this stone wall in Maloeira

Turn left when you face this stone wall in Maloeira

the path is wild and romantic in valley of Ribeira Seca

The path is wild and romantic in toe Valley of Ribeira Seca

A rock forms a little tunnel on the way to Maloeira

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.

An old stone tarrece in Maloeira. Turn right.

When you reach this old stone tarrece in Maloeira, turn right. 

Some parts of the path are improved by steel in Ribeira Seca

Some parts of the path are improved by steel in Ribeira Seca 

Follow the path streight on.

Follow the path streight on. 

The ascent takes some time. So take rests every once in a while.

The ascent takes some time. So take rests every once in a while.

A stairway made out of stones with catuses on both sides.

You will arrive rougly 15 Minutes later this stairway made out of stones with cactuses on both sides. 

The fauna is getting back the higher you come.

You will notice that the fauna is changing the higher you come. 

lots of green on both sides of your way to Maloeira

Keep following the way up to Maloeira

Finaly you hit the road. Turn left to get to Prazeres

Roughly 15 to 20 Minutes later you hit a road. Turn left to get to Prazeres.

First old buildeing apear again. Old houses of Maloeira

Soon after an old building apears on the path.

Hitting a asphalt road in Maloeira.

10 to 15 Minutes you hit an asphalt road in Maloeira.

Passing the old wahing house of Maloeira in the Rua do Pico.

You will pass an old washing house of Maloeira in the Rua do Pico. 

Going through the down of Maloeria

10 Minutes later you will get closer to the center.

Turing left to get to the center of Maloeira.

Approximatly 5 minutes later you have to turn left to get to the center. .

Turning left to get to the center of Maloeira.

You will reach a dead end. 10 Meters befor that turn left. 

Crossing the bridge to the center of Maloeira

Cross the bridge to get to the center of Maloeira

Turning right to get to the Levada Nova in Maloeira.

Right after crossing the breach turn right to get to “Levada Nova” in Maloeira.

Taking a rest in the center of Maloeria in the bar.

Imeadatly after turning right, you will see a little bar/shot. Go take a rest there if you feel like. Its cheap and good.

The street going to the levada nova.

Coming from the bridge turn right to get to the Levada part of the walk. Its right oposite of the bar. 

The street crossing the levada nova. turn right.

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. 

Following the levada nova to prazeres

Start follwoing the Levada Nova heading to Prazeres

Beautiful architector of the Levada Nova

You will several little bridges.

Some houses on both sides of the levada nova

You will reach this place, where the Levada goes under the street. Just head straight ahead. 

The levada nova goes underground just to reemerge again.

As said the Levada Nova goes underground but reemergas roughly 50 Meters later 

Fantastic water house right next to the levada nova.

Soon after you will reach one of the highlights of the tour. A fantastic water house right next to the Levada Nova.

Another fantastic bridge in the lavada nova.

And soon after that you get to another highlight. This fantastic bridge.

Geting to Lombo da Vehla

10 to 15 Minutes later you get to Lombo da Vehla

Following again Levada Nova in Lombo da Velha

Just keep following the Levada Nova in Lombo da Velha

Water crontrol station in Lombo da Velha

You will reach the water control station in Lombo da Velha

Resting area right in the middle of the Levada Nova in Lombo da Velha

You reached the part where you will leave the Levada Nova when you see this Resting area.

Leaving Levada Nova by turning left to the center of Prazeres

From here on follow the way to the center of Prazeres

Follwoing the Caminho da Estacada to Prazeres

Follow the Caminho da Estacada to Prazeres

Turning left to get to the center of Prazerers

Soon you will reach this cross road. Here turn left. 

Church of Prazeres.

5 to 10 Minutes later you will reach the beatiful Church of Prazeres. 

Following the street back to the Hotel Jardim Atlantico.

Follow the road on the right. The sing shows the way back to the Hotel Jardim Atlantico. 

A modern washing house on the way back from Prazeres to the Hotel Jardim Atlancito

A modern washing house arrives on the way back to the Hotel Jardim Atlantico

Finaly the sign pointing to the start of the walk at the Hotel Jardim Atlantico

Finally you arrive at this sign pointing to the start of this walk at the Hotel Jardim Atlantico

Getting very close to the hotel Jardim Atlantico

You are getting very close to the Hotel Jardim Atlantico

PAssing some restaurants on the way back.

This will be the last restaurants you pass on your way back. 

Cars in a parking lot in Ponta da Pargo

A couple of months later you are back where you have started.  

 

High five yourself and your friends, for completing the Looptrail of Maloeira!

Congratulations!

Detailed map of the Looptrail of Maloeira

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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