The day I discovered the meaning of the word Levada

Hello!!, In this post I’m going to talk about something that is very famous in Madeira (apart from Poncha) whose name are Levadas. I remember the day the members from Teatro Metaphora told the volunteers “guys we are going to go on a trip to a Levada” and I was like “great, let’s do it, but wait… what’s that? So to start with, I’m going to explain what that mysterious word means. Levadas are irrigation canals that were created many years ago to transport water from the north of the island to the south. Nowadays, people can walk along them and admire the wonderful nature all around. Here you have some useful and simple tips to prepare yourself for a Levada: you have to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, water and food (always essential) and a pullover or warm clothes just in case, because the paths are located in the mountains in a high altitude.

So after this introduction let’s focus on the day of the trip. We went hiking to Levada do Moinho – Levada Nova and I have to say that it was a wonderful experience for many reasons. Firstly, it was the first trip that we did together as a whole group and it was very useful and helped us to connect with each other way better. Second,  the views from up there were amazing because in many points of the way we could see two totally different landscapes (mountains and beach at the same time, why do we have to choose only one?). Finally, the nature that we discovered there was varied and unique. There are many spots where you can take great photos.

The volunteers with some members of the staff from Teatro Metaphora
Just me admiring a waterfall

At the end of our trip I felt tired but very happy at the same time to have had the privilege to visit that place. I can’t wait to explore more Levadas. So, if you ever come to Madeira, you have to visit a Levada because it is an unforgettable experience!


Raquel Husillos
Volunteer at Teatro Metaphora – Associação de Amigos das Artes
European Solidarity Corps  
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