A spectacular coastal walk between Machico and Porto da Cruz alongside the wild Atlantic Ocean.
Today's walk starts after a short transfer to 'Levada do Canical'. You follow the Levada until you reach the coastal path Boca do Risco. 'Enjoy beautiful views over the Atlantic Ocean and deep ravines that are located approximately 300 m below you. This route was for centuries the shortest link route between the two places. So-called ‘’borracheiros’’ brought the young wine in goatskins over the Boca do Risco on foot.
Remember to bring your swimwear today, there's an infinity pool in Porto da Cruz for you to enjoy!
You will follow the Levada until you reach Boca do Risco. From Boca do Risco it is required to be sure footed and you need to have a head for heights. This route should not be attempted in stormy weather or heavy rain as the paths are narrow and can be slippy. You will cross a few roads during your walk and even though most of them are quiet, please take care when crossing.
Tips and hints
A packed lunch is not required as you will arrive into Porto da Cruz around lunchtime depending on the speed of walking. There’s a few restaurants in Porto da Cruz with great views on the beach and surrouding mountains. If you do want to bring packed lunch, you can get this from your accommodation in Machico (at a small additional cost). Make sure to order the packed lunch upon your arrival or at least the night before.
There’s only one church in Porto da Cruz, which can be seen from anywhere in this small village. This is where you will be collected by the driver when you are ready to return to Machico. Always make sure to carry plenty of water and to keep hydrated during your walk.
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All normal walking equipment are required: walking shoes/boots, water and windproof jacket, plenty of water and snacks for during the day. Be careful when you are planning on taking your walking poles with you as the paths can sometimes be quite narrow and there might not be enough space for them.