Oct 7, 2012

Portugal FDC on "Levadas - Madeira"

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Sobrescrito de 1.º Dia


Levadas da Madeira

Levadas - Madeira

Date of Issue : 21 September 2012

"Levada" is a Portuguese word derived from the word "levar" - which means to carry, but more correctly defined as mini-canal. The mini-canals are irrigation systems developed to distribute water from the rainfall heavy and wet regions on the north of Madeira island to the drier sun parched regions of the south. The levadas criss cross the mountains and cover a total distance of 2500 km, and date back to as far as the early 16th century.

The Levada "Walks" are walking trails along the maintenance paths beside the Levadas.

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