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When we talk about walking in Madeira, Rabacal can not be ignored. It is one of the most famous and popular walking area on the island. This amazing place is located on a head of the Ribeira da Janela valley beside the Paúl da Serra plateau. There is actually four levadas to bollow by here: Levada da Ribeira Grande, Levada do Risco, Levada das 25 Fontes and Levada Rocha Vermelha. On Rabacal most of the landscape is coverred by treeheather. If we go to Ribeira da Janela valley there is more leafy laurasilva forrest.
The Four levadas of Rabacal flow in different levels on the hillsides of the valley collecting the drowning waters of Paul da serra plateau. All of these levadas are connected by paths so it is possible to adventure between these levadas within one walk. After seen The Risco waterfall you will find the path down to the 25 fontes levada. After seen the 25 Fontes waterfall there is the path down to the lowest levada Rocha Vermelha and back up again. Rabacal is a real place of adventures and exploring. When you get the whole picture of the network of Levadas here, you are amazed by the architecture of this network of aqueducts. Waters of Rabacal feed the Calheta waterplant to make electricity and after that water continue its journey west and east along Levada Nova which feeds the acricultural lands of south coast all the way from Ponta do Sol to Ponta do Pargo.
Levada da Ribeira Grande (about 1300 meters above sealevel) is the highest of the Rabacal levadas. After ER-110 it is named as Levada do Paul and continues eastwards along the southside of the plateau Paúl da Serra. From the carpark you can see the Levada da Ribeira Grande following the Rabacal road higher on the hillside. The source of the levada is on upper reaches of the Ribeira da Janela on the head of the Ribeira Grande valley.
Levada do Risco is about 1000 meters altitude and lower on is the Levada das 25 Fontes, which continues via Calheta tunnel to the waterplant of Calheta.
The lowes one,