From The Madeira Island Web Site

Levada walking and the weather
By Jorge Barbosa
Apr 29, 2007 - 3:22:33 PM

Some Points that should be remembered when walking about Madeira on the levadas:

  • First is to be prepared at all times, always take waterproof clothing, e.g. light weight rain gear that is breathable, with you on excursions particularly during the winter and autumn months when the weather is most unpredictable.
  • Although many walks are not strenuous and some could even be compared to a Sunday stroll, it is most essential that you have the appropriate footwear. Walking boots with a heavy profile sole is most recommended as it has ankle support and are waterproof.
  • We strongly advise against attempting any of the mountain walks in rubber sole sandals. The fewer problems you have with your clothing and footwear the more you can appreciate the spectacular scenery.
  • Due to the nature of some walkers to venture a little to close to a "levada", it is recommended that you carry a spare pair of dry socks in case your feet get wet.
  • If you choose to walk in light clothing or shorts and short-sleeved shirts, do use a sunscreen. The sun is very strong in Madeira and it is possible to get sunburned even on a cloudy day. Headwear should also be considered a must after 10h00.
  • The weather in the mountains can get much cooler than down at the coast so always take an extra sweater along.
  • Take extra water or purifying tablets with you as the weather may become extremely hot during the summer months.
  • Walks should be done in the mornings when the weather is generally clear.
  • You should not attempt to do a levada walk during very windy or wet weather as some levadas may be full to overflowing as the waterfalls are along the paths.
  • Rain and fog may make it extremely difficult to see.

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