Category Archive: Portugal

Mar 02 2011

Hiking along the levadas (Levada da Ribeira da Janela)

The levadas are irrigation channels specific of the island of Madeira. The levadas originated out of the necessity of bringing large amounts of water from the west and northwest of the island to the southeast, which is drier but also better for agriculture and living. Levadas were also used to wash clothes in areas without running water available. …

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