Ribeiro Frio

Hike and Village in Funchal (Madeira)

Pond In Ribeiro Frio
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Ribeiro Frio, translating to “Cold Stream” in English, is a quaint village nestled in the interior of Madeira, approximately 15 kilometers from Funchal, the island’s capital.

This charming village is renowned for its trout farm, attracting numerous tourists who use it as a starting point for various levada walks, including the popular trail leading Vereda dos Balcões (PR11).

Situated at an elevation of 860 meters, Ribeiro Frio is surrounded by woods showcasing endemic laurel species like Laurus novocanariensis and heather undergrowth (Erica madeirensis). The village is also a habitat for native birds, including the trocaz pigeon, the chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs madeirensis), and the Madeira firecrest (Regulus madeirensis). The combination of natural beauty and biodiversity makes Ribeiro Frio a picturesque and ecologically diverse destination for both locals and visitors alike.

The Ribeiro Frio appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Funchal (Madeira)!

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Visiting Ribeiro Frio

Address: Ribeiro Frio, Portugal
Duration: 1 hours

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