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Pico do Arieiro

Pico do Arieiro: Our most recommended tours and activities

Funchal: Sunrise Hike from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

1. Funchal: Sunrise Hike from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

Experience the most amazing natural scenery as you walk from mountain to mountain on a hike from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo. Walk at your own pace with total freedom as you enjoy the fantastic views. Start with pickup from your accommodation in central Camara de Lobos, Funchal, or Caniço. Before your hike, receive instructions from your host regarding schedules and where you will pass by. The day before the hike, you will receive the exact pickup time and a weather forecast, in order for you to be as prepared as you can be. On the way back to your accommodation, pass through the city of Santana for close-up views of the traditional triangular homes.

Madeira: Best of the East Tour from Funchal

2. Madeira: Best of the East Tour from Funchal

Discover the diverse landscapes of Madeira on a day-long tour. Wander charming towns, enjoy panoramic views and learn about the area from your expert guide. Depart from the meeting point at Funchal's Lido or take advantage of a free hotel pick-up in selected areas. The first stop is at the beautiful viewpoint of Terreiro da Luta, located a few kilometers outside Funchal. Next, drive toward the mountain of Pico do Arieiro. At an altitude of 1,818 meters, the third highest peak on the island offers breathtaking views. Once you've been to the highest drivable peak in Madeira, head back down through the forest on the way to the coast. Admire some of Madeira's emblematic straw-roof houses, pass pretty villages and get stunning seascape views. Arrive at the very eastern point of the island for some superb panoramas of the north and south coasts. Discover the popular start point for the levada walks, Ribeiro Frio, on the northern slopes of the island. See interesting trout pools and original vegetation. Madeira was once completely covered by laurissilva forest, a relic from prehistoric times. Stop for lunch in Santana, characterized by its small, thatched triangular houses. Past Portela go towards Ponta de São Lourenço, situated in the eastern part of the island. This is a place where a fantastic combination of rocks, sea, and nature combine. The last town to be visited is Machico, a viewpoint where you can look over the bay and the golden sandy beach.

Hike Madeira: Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

3. Hike Madeira: Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

The sun rises over your hotel as you set out on your walking tour adventure. Leaving from the comforts of your room in Funchal on the Madeira Islands, we'll drive you up to the third highest peak in Madeira - the magnificent Pico Arieiro. You'll sip coffee or a drink on your way up to the base of the peak, looking out at all the stunning beauty this place has to offer. As we head from sea level up to the base at 5,964ft (1818m), you'll pass beautiful flora and fauna. Finally, we'll begin our mighty walk up the mighty Pico Arieiro up to the highest point on the island, the Pico Ruivo peak at 6107 ft (1862m). Finally, we'll walk down to Teixeira where you'll be comfortably transferred back to your hotel. And of course, no day of hiking is complete without a drink at a traditional bar, so we'll make sure to stop at one with a spectacular view to enjoy the closing of your day!

Sunrise Transfer To Pico Do Arieiro And Hike To Pico Ruivo

4. Sunrise Transfer To Pico Do Arieiro And Hike To Pico Ruivo

Explore Madeira Island's highest mountain on paths that are only accessible by foot with this convenient car transfer from Pico Do Arieiro. Enjoy a convenient transfer in an air-conditioned minivan from Funchal or Canico to Pico Do Arieiro, with a pick-up in Pico Ruivo. Be picked up early in the morning from your accommodation in Funchal or Canico. Sit back and relax in a spacious minivan as you ride through the countryside to Pico Do Arieiro, the 3rd highest mountain on the Island. Hike to the top before sunrise and take in the myriad of colors that paint the sky. Take your time as you walk and set your own pace or join others in the group. It takes 4 and a half hours to complete the hike but it can take longer depending on the agility level of the group. Travel from Pico Do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo, the highest mountain on Madeira Island with 1862 meters of altitude.  Keep an eye out for vibrantly colored birds as you walk above the clouds. Pass thorugh tunnels and go up the famed Stairway to Heaven path. Continue on to Achada Do Teixeira where you can board the minivan for the ride back to your accommodation. 

Funchal/Caniço: Pico Do Arieiro & Pico Ruivo Hike Transfers

5. Funchal/Caniço: Pico Do Arieiro & Pico Ruivo Hike Transfers

Benefit from a morning transfer service from Funchal or Caniço to embark on your self-guided hike of Pico do Arieiro and Pico Ruivo. After pickup from your accommodation, drive to Pico Do Arieiro in the late morning where the hike starts. Your driver will provide a briefing with all the information needed about the route and the timings. You can walk on your own or join other people in the group. Walk from Pico Do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo, the highest mountain on Madeira Island with 1862 meters of altitude. You will have 4 and a half hours to complete the hike, which is plenty of time even for slow hikers. Admire breathtaking views along the trail and feel as if you are walking above the clouds. On the challenging path, you will find a few tunnel walks and the famous stairs to heaven. Finally, arrive at Achada Do Teixeira, the ending point of the hike. Your driver will be waiting there to bring you back to your accommodation.

Tour of Eastern Madeira

6. Tour of Eastern Madeira

Start with pick-up from the hotel and drive through Funchal's steep roads. Pass the Eucalyptus and Mimosa forests overlooking the Christmas pines, into the breathtaking mountains of Pico do Arieiro at 1,800 meters. The centenary Forest covered by the old trees (Laurisilva) is a must and a short walk along the Levada Madeiras water channels can be taken as an option. Taking the old road of Faial overlooking the eagles rock mountain, Santana will be the next stop. Visit the town's traditional thatched houses and vines. Make a stop for lunch (not included in the price). After the lunch stop in Santana, continue to Porto Cruz, passing the sugar cane fields. Visit the only steam rum factory in Europe (with rum tasting) and explore the village. See the rough black sandy beach popular for surfers. In July and August, enjoy the chance to swim in the famous saltwater. Then, travel along the North Coast where sugar cane terraces are still visible. See the old capital of Madeira, Machico, where the first Portuguese settlers arrived in the 15th century, before heading to Ponta de São Lourenço, the eastern point cape of the island.  The tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel. 

From Funchal: Sunrise at Pico do Arieiro with Breakfast

7. From Funchal: Sunrise at Pico do Arieiro with Breakfast

After the hotel pick up ( around 6:00 AM) we drive you to Pico do Arieiro where we will enjoy the Sunrise around 7 AM. This is the highest viewpoint of the island at 1818 metres of altitude. See the sunrise while enjoying a hot cup of coffee or tea, a luxury only our clients will have as there are no coffee places open at that particular time. You can choose a few varieties of coffee, as we have sugar and milk on the side, and we normally have 3 different options for tea. You can enjoy all of this as it is included in our price. We also have sandwiches , some cake, biscuits, water, orange juice, fruit jam, cheese, ham, in a buffet style breakfast. We accomodate special diet requests if you tell us beforehand. After all of this we go back to the area of Camacha and go for a lovely levada walk in the Paradise Valley area, it should take you about 40 minutes to complete. The levada walk adds a nice touch to this tour as you get to see some endemic trees from the Laurissilva forest. After this we go back and if you wish to be dropped off at rhe City center instead if your hotel for example, its a non issue for us.

From Funchal: Roundtrip Transfer to Pico do Arieiro Trail

8. From Funchal: Roundtrip Transfer to Pico do Arieiro Trail

Enjoy an affordable and flexible transfer to Pico do Arieiro to enjoy the famous hike all the way to Pico Ruivo. Trek up to the highest and second-highest mountains on Madeira at your own pace and enjoy pickup and drop-off at your accommodation. Instructions will be given by the host, regarding schedules and where you will pass by. The day before the hike, you will receive the exact pickup time and a weather forecast, in order for you to be as prepared as you can be. Get picked up at your accommodation in Funchal and dropped off at the entrance to Pico do Arieiro to begin your self-guided hike. Experience the most amazing natural scenery as you walk from mountain to mountain on the #1 hiking trail on Madeira Island. Once you're finished exploring, the end of the hike and pick-up location is at Achada do Teixeira, in the parking lot area. On the way back to your accommodation, pass through the city of Santana for close-up views of the traditional triangular homes and you will have a tasting and the end of the hike, produced by locals.

Funchal: Eastern Madeira Island Day Trip with Hotel Pickup

9. Funchal: Eastern Madeira Island Day Trip with Hotel Pickup

Terreiro da Luta - To start we take you to a viewpoint with a beautiful view above Funchal Bay. Pico Areeiro - We continue the tour to the magnificent Pico do Areeiro mountain at 1818 meters altitude. Ribeiro Frio - Here you will enjoy a small ( 30 - 40 minute) Levada Walk until a beautiful viewpoint. If you are not a walking person, you can enjoy this stop to visit the Trout nursery. Santana - This stop is the bigger one. You can take advantage of this 1h30m to 2h00 stop to lunch and visit the Santana village. Faial - At this viewpoint you can admire the wonderful northeast coast view. Porto da Cruz - At this small village the stop is around 20 to 30 minutes. Here you can visit the North Mills Distillary and taste the local rum. Ponta São Lourenço - The ponta do Rosto is a must see viewpoint. It's situated at the eastiest part of the Island and gives you astonishing views over the North and South Madeira Sea and sometimes also of Porto Santo Island. Machico - This astounishing day ends with a passage through Machico city.

Top Sunset at Pico do Arieiro with Food and Drinks Included

10. Top Sunset at Pico do Arieiro with Food and Drinks Included

Our tour : We pick you up directly in your hotel or accomodation around 5 pm (6h30 pm on summer) and we go directly to Pico do Arieiro at 1818 metres of altitude where we can enjoy the Sun setting in the most beautiful settings with shades of orange, pink and red skies from above the clouds. Before the sunset you can walk around Pico do Arieiro for a while to find the ideal spot for the sunset or even to explore the peaks before it gets dark, go to some viewpoints on the area and then when you're thirsty, hungry or both, you will have a spectacular Cheese Tray and some of the best local wine ready for you to enjoy. We can always accomodate different preferences if informed beforehand, we want you to have the best experience. After the sunset, you can dance and hear some of your favorite music white stargazing as we have a portable bluetooth stereo linked to Spotify which will allow you to choose your favorite songs, so in other terms...you're the DJ!. After that we head back to your hotel after a lovely evening gazing the stars and having some quality food and wine/beer Our Cocktail : we have a Cheese Tray with 5 different types of cheese plus prosciutto, salami, dry fruits(pistachio, walnuts, peanuts) and seasonal fruits. Traditional bread sliced, crackers, toast. Tempura Shrimps, Meat Croquettes, Codfish cakes. We have vegan/vegetarian options if informed beforehand Drinks (alcoholic) : Red Wine, White Wine, Rosé Wine, Green Wine, Beer Drinks (non alcoholic) : Beer (no alcohol version), Coca Cola, Orange Juice, Passion Fruit Soda. We can have different options if asked beforehand.

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What people are saying about Pico do Arieiro

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,071 reviews

The walk was good. You will be picked up on time at your hotel and then brought back again. The tour (is in good condition) easy to walk in 4 hours with a long break and lots of mini-stops to take pictures. The view is therefore beautiful. The organization is simply very good. The day before departure you will be texted about your final pick-up time. TIP: bring enough food and drinks. In the mountain hut you can also buy food and drinks, the price is good. I paid €2.50 for a cup of coffee. I also received an app from the organization during the walk (you have good coverage everywhere) if everything went well? Super neat right?! All in all, I would book this again.

Due to inclement weather, we changed the hiking location, but the guide made sure it was comparable in terms of length and challenge. We had stunning views, and the guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. No matter where you end up, I highly recommend good hiking boots. Lots of folks struggled on our hike bc they were only wearing sneakers. Hiking poles came in handy, but perhaps aren’t necessary.

Breath taking views Exactly as you see in the picture. The guide was simply excellent. Breakfast on top was very well planned and stocked very nice... don't expect a sit down though. Be prepared for a very cold morning considering we're from Canada.

Helpful and informative driver. Unbelievble scenery and a challenging hike for me, but well worth it.

Everything went great. The driver was super nice and we had the perfect weather.