Crossing Madeira – from Calheta via 25 Fontes Waterfall to Seixal

The hike started in Estreito da Calheta, which is a municipality on the southwest coast of the Portuguese island of Madeira, and ended in Seixal, on the north side of the island. On the way up from Calheta there is tunnel that crosses the mountain and you reach the beautiful laurissilva forest (also called laurel forest) with all the mountains, Levadas and waterfalls.

The 25 Fontes waterfalls, in half the way, is one of the most impressive waterfall in the island. It is one of the most visited levadas on the island. A valley of vertical walls where different types of volcanic rock allow water from the upper water table to emerge in the form of numerous fountains along the walls of the mountain. If you really want to feel this place you should definitely take a bath in the ice cold water. I spent my night on the mountain, where the silence and the sky view was breathtaking. The next day I went on Fanal, which is located at the mountain plateau Paul da Serra in the north-west part of the island and then finally to Seixal.

Enjoy the hike!


November 2020


Madeira is one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal (the other is Azores). It is an archipelago, which is situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, in a region known as Macaronesia. Madeira is under 400 kilometres to the north of the Canary Islands and 520 kilometres west of Morocco. The island is geologically located on the African Tectonic Plate. However, the archipelago is culturally, economically and politically European.

Madeira’s population was estimated in 2016 at 289,000. The capital of Madeira is Funchal, which is located on the main island’s south coast.

Some other Facts about Madeira

Geographic coordinates: 32º 44’ N 16º58’ W

Country: Portugal

Capital: Funchal

Political system: Autonomous region of Portugal

Region: Atlantic Ocean

Islands: Madeira, Porto Santo, Desertas, Selvagens

Municipalities: Funchal, Câmara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Calheta, Porto Moniz, São Vicente, Santana, Machico, Santa Cruz and Porto Santo

Discovery: 1418 (Porto Santo); 1419 (Madeira island)

Highest point: Pico Ruivo (1861 meters)

Population: 267,785 (according to the 2011 Census) with a population density of 334.5 inhab./km². The capital, Funchal, includes 130,000 inhabitants (45% of the population), corresponding to 1,500 inhab./km².

Area: 801 square kilometres (Madeira island: 740.7 km²; Porto Santo: 42.5 km²; Desertas: 14.2 km² as the total of 3 uninhabited islands; Selvagens: 3.6 km² as the total of 3 islands and 16 uninhabited islets)

Language: Portuguese

Currency: Euro (€)

Time zone: UTC

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