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Madeira, a region of Portugal, off the northwest coast of Africa. Famed for it’s Levadas. It’s a great place for trekking and taking in the culture of the islanders.  We visited over the festive period and we were really surprised by the traditional events happening around the capital of Funchal. On the night before Christmas eve the whole town congregates  around the famers market for last minute shopping and eating at the street food stalls.

A Levada is a is a irrigation channel, these criss cross the countryside and were used to bring water to the dry and richer agricultural areas of the island.  The paths that lie along these are now used as a fantastic means to hike around the island.  In our post below we explore some of these as well as a walk to one of Madera’s higher peaks.

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