Madeira Waterfalls: 20+ of the Best Waterfalls in Madeira

Risco waterfall

Madeira waterfalls are some of the most magnificent and jaw-dropping waterfalls in the Atlantic Ocean. Their height, which is usually over 100 meters makes them one of the most gigantic waterfalls around… 👀

Getting to the waterfalls is not difficult at all. In fact, it is quite easy, but requires lots of walking. It is also unlikely to get lost, as most of the trails are leading to these beautiful waterfalls follow a centuries old irrigation channels called levada.

These levadas were providing fresh water to the locals directly from the waterfalls of the island. Most of these irrigation channels were built during the 15th century by the settlers of Madeira. Some are still used as the main source of water in some parts of the island. Thus, you will be encountering these levadas almost everywhere you go in Madeira.

Madeira Waterfalls

Madeira waterfalls are absolutely stunning and are definitely worth a visit. Ranging from some of the highest waterfalls on the island like Risco waterfall, to some more picturesque waterfalls, Madeira waterfalls are of all kinds. You will literally find all types of waterfalls on the islands. Some of the waterfalls on Madeira island disappear for certain periods of times, due to the dry season. Other times, new waterfalls are formed due to the wetter season. Often times, you might see a waterfall on roads of Madeira, which is not a surprise to the locals.

Truth is, Madeira waterfalls might surprise you quite a bit with their uniqueness. Read on, to learn which are the best Madeira waterfalls that you need to visit!

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Risco Waterfall

Risco Waterfall in Madeira

Although, there might be taller or more magnificent waterfalls in Madeira, Portugal, Risco waterfall is probably the most notable waterfall. This jaw-dropping waterfall is guaranteeing to blow your mind with its beauty.

Risco waterfall has two major cascades, which create the illusion there are two separate waterfalls. In fact, the waterfall consists of Lagoa do Vent, which falls into a lower waterfall and creates the enchanting Risco waterfall.

The hiking trail to Risco waterfall is for sure one of the journeys you should embark on. You are guaranteed to fall in love with the island of Madeira, which is entirely covered by the magical Laurisilva vegetation. While on your levada walk to the waterfall you will get to witness some of the most breathtaking views of the Rabaçal valley…

Risco Waterfall Overview:

📋  Height: 20 m

⛅ Best time to visit: March, April, May

 📍  Location: Lombo Do Doutor, Madeira, Portugal

🏞️ Best Way to Get There: PR 6.1 Levada do Risco

⭐ Rating: 5/5

 See Also: Best Hikes in Madeira

25 Fontes Waterfall in Madeira

While exploring the surrounding area around Rabaçal and Risco waterfall many go to the 25 Fontes waterfall too. Although, the 25 Fontes in Madeira lies in the shadow of the mighty Risco waterfall, it does not mean it is not as beautiful as its big brother. In fact, 25 Fontes, or the 25 Springs waterfall is even more enchanting and magical than Risco.

It is surrounded by lush Laurisilva vegetation, which has occupied its den and is thriving along with the waterfall. You will be stunned by its beautiful inhabitants – the little Canaries flying around and chirping, which creates an incredible feeling for every visitor.

Although many visitors would go for a dip in the pool of the 25 Fontes waterfall, I would not suggest it. The waterfall is surrounded by thick Laurisilva vegetation, which prevents its water from warming up. Thus, if you take a dip, there is a huge chance of you not enjoy it, due to the very cold water… 🥶

25 Fontes Waterfall Overview:

📋  Height: 30 m

⛅ Best time to visit: All year round

 📍  Location: Lombo Do Doutor, Madeira, Portugal

🏞️ Best Way to Get There: PR 6 Levada das 25 Fontes

⭐ Rating: 5/5

Levada do Alecrim Waterfalls in Madeira

If you didn’t have enough of the waterfalls in the Rabaçal valley, then you can follow the easy hiking trail of Levada do Alecrim. It is full of waterfalls of all sizes, but don’t expect grandiose ones.

The good thing about the waterfalls of the Levada do Alecrim is that the waterfalls are quite small, but incredibly picturesque. In addition to that, in summer months, people come here to have a nice and refreshing bath in their huge ponds. In general, don’t expect anything spectacular, at least until you reach the Lagoa do Vento, which feeds Risco waterfalls and gives an incredible view over the valley.

Levada do Alecrim Waterfalls Overview:

📋  Height: 3-10 m

⛅ Best time to visit: April, May, June, September, October

 📍  Location: Lombo Do Doutor, Madeira, Portugal

🏞️ Best Way to Get There: PR 6.2 Levada do Alecrim

⭐ Rating: 4/5

Levada Do Moinho Waterfall Hike

This 10 km path starts at regional road ER 101, which connects the municipalities of Porto Moniz and Calheta near Ribeira da Cruz. Taking PR 7 Levada do Moinho will put you in direct contact with the island’s natural and historical riches.

Levada do Moinho (also known as Levada Grande) got its moniker from the fact that it fed several water mills along its path. Some of them, such as the Achadas mill, Cancelas mill, and Levada Grande mill, can still be found in remains.

The levada is great for waterfall enthusiasts and keen hikers. It guarantees you will have a great time wandering through the lush forests of Madeira!

Levada do Moinho Waterfalls Overview:

📋  Height: 10 m

⛅ Best time to visit: March, April, May

 📍  Location: Ponta do Sol, Madeira, Portugal

🏞️ Best Way to Get There: Levada do Moinho 

⭐ Rating: 5/5

Levada Nova Waterfalls in Madeira

If you want to walk over a pathway surrounded by waterfalls and a great view, then you should definitely head to Levada Nova. This hiking trail is one of the most waterfallish levada walks in Madeira, which will amaze you with its waterfalls of all sizes and types.

The Levada Nova starts in the upper hills of the parish of Ponta Do Sol and goes through the ridge between Ponta Do Sol and Tabua. While walking on it, one can enjoy the beautiful views of the valleys and mountains surrounding the trail. Moreover, you will get the chance to explore the cultures of the island of Madeira, as the trail goes through many farmlands on the southern part of the island.

Levada Nova Waterfalls Overview:

📋  Height: 8 – 15 m

⛅ Best time to visit: April, May, June

 📍  Location: Ponta do Sol, Madeira, Portugal

🏞️ Best Way to Get There: Levada do Moinho to Levada Nova

⭐ Rating: 4/5

Anjos Waterfall

Dos Anjos Waterfall in Madeira

Are you looking for the waterfall on the road in Madeira? I’m asking, because everyone is looking for it! Cascata dos Anjos is for sure one of the most prominent waterfalls in Madeira. Many of the locals would joke that “if you need a carwash you should go to Cascata dos Anjos and wash it for free”. Well, this is sort of true. It is for free. But so is the view, especially during sunset…

The best way to get to Anjos waterfall is to drive from Ribeira Brava to Madalena do Mar on road VE3. Then, get on road ER101 continuing to Madalena do Mar and you will see it!

Anjos Waterfall Overview:

📋  Height: 30 m

⛅ Best time to visit: April, May, June, September, October, November

 📍  Location: Ponta do Sol, Madeira, Portugal

🏞️ Best Way to Get There: Drive from Ribeira Brava to Madalena do Mar road(VE3) then swipe to road ER101

⭐ Rating: 4/5

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Caldeirão Verde Waterfalls in Madeira

In the north of the island is one of the most serene Madeira waterfalls that can be found on the island. The Caldeirão Verde Waterfall is one of the tallest, but quietest waterfalls on the island and probably that is why there are not many visitors. Regardless, this is one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the island and is surely worth a visit.

Going to the waterfall is one of the best things you can do while resting on the island of Madeira. The hiking trail of Caldeirão Verde Waterfall is pretty straightforward and flat, so there is no chance of you getting tired or lost. On top of that, if is quite spacious and offers great views of the surrounding Laurissilva forests. 

Caldeirão Verde Waterfall Overview:

📋  Height: 100 m

⛅ Best time to visit: All year round

 📍  Location: Santana, Madeira, Portugal

🏞️ Best Way to Get There: PR9 – Caldeirão Verde

⭐ Rating: 5/5

Caldeirão Do Inferno Waterfall

The Caldeiro do Inferno waterfall hike is one of Madeira’s finest levada walks, with lush forests and several spectacular cascades! This adventurous levada path is one of the most famous hiking trails on the island due to its amazing waterfalls, thick forest surroundings, and, most importantly, the fact that it is a relatively easy hike.

The Caldeiro do Inferno hike is part of the Caldeiro Verde trail, but you carry on for an additional 30 minutes more until you reach an amazing canyon and one final, massive waterfall. What is really great about this hiking trail is the fact that it provides great views and is less crowded compared to other hiking trails on Madeira.

Garganta Funda Waterfall
The waterfall is down there

Garganta Funda Waterfall in Madeira

Garganta Funda is probably the most secret and highest of all the Madeira waterfalls. Hidden deep into the farmlands near Calheta, it is usually very hard to be found. However, Garganta Funda is for sure one of the loudest waterfalls on the island, so it is not so hard to find it.

Good thing is that the hiking trail is not so long, so in no time you will be there and enjoy the beautiful view over the Atlantic Ocean and the waterfalls that falls into it.

Garganta Funda Waterfall Overview:

📋  Height: 140 m

⛅ Best time to visit: April, May, June, September, October, Novemeber

 📍  Location: Ribeira Da Vaca, Madeira, Portugal

🏞️ Best Way to Get There: Vereda da Garganta Funda

⭐ Rating: 4/5

Agua D'Alto waterfall

Agua D’Alto Waterfall in Madeira

The Alto waterfall is one of the best waterfalls in Madeira island. It is easy to be found, does not require lots of hiking and is simply astonishing.

As you can imagine, the Alto waterfall is surrounded by lush Laurisilva vegetation and is hidden deep into the thick forests of the north. However, a nice pathway leads directly to the waterfall and does not take more than 20 minutes of walking. Having this in mind, you can easily visit the Caldeirao Verde waterfall and then the Alto waterfall…

Agua D’Alto Waterfall Overview:

📋  Height: 100 m

⛅ Best time to visit: April, May, June

 📍  Location: Faial, Madeira, Portugal

🏞️ Best Way to Get There: From Lombo Galego village go up the hills and follow the pathway

⭐ Rating: 4/5

Bridal Veil Waterfall

Véu da Noiva Waterfall in Madeira

Veu da Noiva waterfall or the Bridal Veil waterfall is situated in the north coast of Madeira island at the end of Seixal parish. This graceful waterfall is attracting many vista lovers to its viewpoints all the time and is one of the highlights on the island.

Unfortunately, there is no way to get near to the waterfall, unless you ride a boat to it. However, its viewpoint provides an unique way to observe it and brings the magic close to its visitors.

The Veu da Noiva waterfalls is just 10 minutes away from Porto Moniz natural swimming pools where you can take a refreshing dip! Make sure to visit them too 🏊 Or if you want to sunbathe check how to easily get to Porto Santo’s beaches 🏖️

Veu da Noiva Waterfall Overview:

📋  Height: 30 m

⛅ Best time to visit: April, May, June

 📍  Location: Seixal, Madeira, Portugal

🏞️ Best Way to Get There: Miradouro do Veu da Noiva Viewpoint

⭐ Rating: 4/5

Caminho Real Waterfalls in Madeira

The Caminho Real is generally known as the “Royal Path”, since it was mainly used by landed gentry passing through the island. Nowadays, the route is mainly used by tourists who are yearning to see its tiny waterfalls and breathtaking vistas.

This hiking trail is one of the best ways to explore the Nun’s valley – a mystical closed city inhabited by refugee nuns from the Santa Clara Convent. In addition, you can encounter the Madeiran mahogany and the Lily of the valley trees.

Caminho Real Waterfalls Overview:

📋  Height: 5-10 m

⛅ Best time to visit: April, May, June

 📍  Location: Jardim da Serra, Madeira, Portugal

🏞️ Best Way to Get There: PR12 Caminho Real da Encumeada

⭐ Rating: 5/5

Poço Das Pulgas Waterfall Hike

The Poço das Pulgas hiking trail is situated in the north of the island and is a quiet hiking path in one of Madeira’s most beautiful locations. The circular, narrow path winds through hilly territory along the shore of Ribeira da Camisa, leading to a stunning cascade and a native woodland.

This spectacular hiking trail highlights the gorgeous vistas of Madeira Island, an area with little human interference and where nature is at its finest. Set out on a magnificent adventure to find the gorgeous Madeira waterfalls that give this path its name, and on sunnier days, jump into the wells filled with waterfall water.

Levada Fajã Do Rodrigues Waterfall

This hiking trail begins at Ginjas in the municipality of Sao Vicente and terminates there. It starts at Ribeira do Inferno stream, which divides the lands of Seixal from those of Sao Vicente the small valleys to the Rosário. The hiking trail is also pivotal into the watering of the farmland of Sao Vicente, as it is following one of the oldest irrigation channels on Madeira island.

During the hike you can experience the tropical forests with arboreal plant species, like pine and eucalyptus. Eventually, you’ll get to the Laurissilva Forest, which has been classified as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site since December 1999.

Along the way, you’ll encounter a lot of waterfalls, but Cascata da R. dos Pombos is one that you should not miss. It is actually the waterfall that makes this hiking trail in Madeira such a gem. So, go check it out!

Caminho Do Pináculo E Folhadal Waterfall Hike

This magnificent 15 km is one of the best Madeira walks you will get to experience!

Embarking on this challenging yet rewarding journey of Caminho do Pináculo e Folhadal is a must when you are hiking Madeira island. This hiking trail commences alongside region of Lombo do Mouro and follows the winding paths of Levada da Serra and Levada do Norte. As you follow the hiking trail, there will be moments where you’ll stray from the levada and tread on a stone-paved path, adding a touch of thrill to your adventure.

As you ascend to the Pináculo location at the path’s summit, a breathtaking panoramic view of the Ribeira Brava valley awaits you, with the majestic peaks of Pico Ruivo and Pico do Arieiro in the distance. Take a pause and appreciate this peaceful yet absolutely stunning place.

Then, follow the pathway to the Folhadal area while walking in between magical Madeira waterfalls all around. At the end of your journey you will reach the way to the Vereda da Encumeada (PR 1.3), which can take you to the top of Pico Ruivo, the highest peak on Madeira island. That would surely make a perfect finale to an awe-inspiring experience.

Levada Dos Cedros Waterfall Hike

Are you ready for a breathtaking adventure on the island of Madeira? This journey will begin at Levada dos Cedros, close to the picturesque Fanal area. Prepare to be amazed by the enchanting Madeira waterfalls spread all around this area.

In the very beginning, you’ll descend through a wooden staircase that will lead you to the banks of Ribeira da Janela. From there you will be able to reach the charming parish of Entrosa. Going down this stunning hiking trail in Madeira, you’ll be immersed in the vibrant ecosystem of the Laurisilva forest. You’ll be awed by the enchanting waterfalls that are everywhere you turn, and you’ll have the chance to witness much more than that.

Eventually, you will reach Curral Falso, where you’ll have the opportunity go further by accessing the Ribeira da Janela hiking trail. This is the perfect way to expand your adventure and uncover even more of the natural wonders that this area has to offer.

Levada Do Rei Waterfall Hiking Trail

The Levada Do Rei guarantees to immerse you in the natural wonders of São Jorge and Santana. This stunning hiking trail begins and ends at the Quebradas Water Treatment Plant in São Jorge. It’ll take you along where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the agricultural lands in the area and the magical waterfalls.

As you make your way along the hiking trail, you’ll pass through an exotic forest area with a rich variety of indigenous vegetation that creates breathtaking landscapes reflecting the biodiversity of the flora on the island. You’ll also encounter the famous tunnels formed by the lush vegetation and the levada that are typical of the area, showcasing the natural, built, and cultural heritage of the island.

As you continue on the trail, you’ll eventually reach Ribeiro Bonito, a natural sanctuary of uncanny beauty. The area is covered by the dense and exuberant Laurissilva Forest, one of the most indigenous and lush forests in Madeira island. The forest reaches its maximum beauty here, thanks to its isolated location and abundance of water. Take a break and soak in the natural beauty of the area before making your return journey.

Chão Da Ribeira Waterfall Hike

Get ready to go on a thrilling adventure and explore the hidden gems of the Ecological Park of Funchal on Madeira island. This amazing 6.0-km circular hiking trail near Monte, Madeira is promising you to see some of the most mesmerizing views and waterfalls. While it may be moderately challenging, it’s perfect for mountain biking enthusiasts looking for an exciting ride through beautiful scenery.

As you go along this circular hiking trail, you’ll have the opportunity to discover some of the most stunning and secluded places in the Monte area. Then, you will go down until you reach to Chão das Mantas, which is covered in Laurisilva forest and will take your breath away with its beauty.

This hiking trail is perfect if you want to exercise and get in touch with nature, so do not hesitate to check it out. Best of all, you’ll likely have the trail to yourself, making it perfect for a peaceful and invigorating journey.

Lagos Da Madeira Waterfall Hike

Follow the hiking trail of the Lagos Da Madeira and be mesmerized by the stunning Madeira waterfalls and lagoons that blend seamlessly with the forest and rock formations of the area.

To start this adventure, go to the Levada do Alecrim, which is located at the beginning of the Rabaçal house. From there you will be able to peacefully observe the area and take some rest.

Continue forward, until you reach the top of the hiking trail. Once you reach the top, follow the path that crosses the Ribeira do Lajeado. From there, the hiking trail continues along the levada, and will stun you with its breathtaking views of the area, the sound of birds, and the enchanting waterfalls that creates an extraordinary environment.

Eventually, you’ll find yourself back at the starting point where you began your adventure. So, what are you waiting for? Come and explore the Lakes of Madeira and discover the natural beauty that awaits you!

Levada Da Rocha Vermelha Waterfall Hike

If you’re searching for an exciting adventure on the island of Madeira, the Levada da Rocha Vermelha hiking trail is an excellent option to consider. This hiking trail is full of surprises, with one of the longest tunnels on the island to explore.

Within this hiking trail, you’ll discover the stunning Madeira waterfalls and breathtaking views of the hills within the Rabaçal Valley. That’ll be enough for you to remember the beauty of this area and yarn for more…

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Where to stay in Madeira?

Madeira is a very populated island with a huge stream of tourists on a yearly basis. This makes the island one of the best places to have a vacation. Having this in mind, there is abundance of hotels, hostels, guest houses, campings and all sorts of accommodations. Of course, during the high season most of the places are taken, but you will never be left without a bed!

However, the best area to stay in Madeira is in its western part. Away from the big city, closer to the hiking trails and offering peace and quiet in abundance! Thus, you might want to look for accommodation in Calheta, Porto Moniz, Sao Vicente or Ponta Delgada.

To make your search for accommodation in Madeira easier I have prepared a list of the highest rated stays depending on your preferences:

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I hope that you found this blog post about Madeira’s waterfalls useful. Did you have the chance to visit any of them?

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