The levadas originated out of the necessity of bringing large amounts of water from the west and northwest of the island to the drier southeast, which is more conducive to habitation and agriculture (such as sugar cane production).
In the sixteenth century the Portuguese started building levadas to carry water to the agricultural regions. The most recent were made in the 1940s.
Madeira is very mountainous, and building the levadas was often difficult. Many are cut into the sides of mountains, and it was also necessary to dig 25 miles (40 km) of tunnels.
Very interesting agriculture canal in impressive landscape of mountains.
wow....interesting place, nice shot :)
Very interesting! I was wonter what is this - a wet of rain road or canal, now I understand what is this.Very original decide! Picture is fantastic! Greets! Maya.
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Very nice shot! I've seen levadas too, but haven't got a picture of it... It's nice
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Very nice shot!
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