Madeira. Hiking from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo and back

Start of the hike
Pico do Arieiro is the third highest peak of Madeira (1818 m) and Pico Ruivo is the highest peak (1862 m). The hike from one peak to another is considered to be the most spectacular hike of Madeira and I completely agree with this statement.

Because we parked our car to the parking lot at Pico do Arieiro, we had to do the hike both ways. In total it took us about 5.5 hours. It is quite demanding hike because half the way you go down and then you have to go up the other half of the hike.

There are some parts where the path is ruined by the forest fires so you really have to watch where you step. I wouldn't recommend to go on this hike when it's raining or has just rained because the trail can be quite slippery and you don't want to fall there.

If you don't want to do the hike then you should still go to Pico do Arieiro. It is accessible by transport and the views from there are stunning. There is a small souvenir shop and a cafe.

It was quite cold on the peaks. The temperature was about 10 degrees lower than on the coast. I was wearing my winter jacket, hat and gloves. It was very windy as well. So prepare yourself and wear wind proof clothes. Hiking boots are also recommended.

Hike description is here:

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General map of hikes is here:

And now a photo report.

Road to Pico do Arieiro

The white dome is located on Pico do Arieiro view platform

There are some short tunnels on the way

View from Pico Ruivo
View from Pico Ruivo