A Day to remember

Pico Do Areeiro Hike with Nestor

This hike was one of the best trips that we have done so far. A bit dangerous, a bit scary, but with stunning views and a decent group of people…

Pico Do Areeiro, towering at an impressive elevation of 1818 meters above sea level is drawing visitors throughout the year, this scenic spot offers a mesmerizing panorama that extends far beyond its lofty summit. On days when the skies are clear, the breathtaking views cover not only the stunning landscapes of Madeira but also provide a remarkable glimpse of the neighboring island of Porto Santo, situated approximately 48 km away.

As a testament to its popularity, the peak attracts a considerable number of tourists, with an estimated 1000 individuals passing through the area during peak times.

Pico Do Areeiro Trip With Nestor

Quick tip for Pico Do Areeiro hike

Depending on the weather, especially during the summer, ensure that you pack long-sleeved clothing, something to cover your head from the sun, and comfortable shoes suitable for hiking up and down, including climbing some steps. If you prefer, also use sunscreen. Especially when doing peaks such as Pico Do Areeiro.

Hikers usually start at Pico Do Areeiro to reach Madeira’s highest point—Pico Ruivo, which we highly recommend seeing if the weather allows.

We did climb it in July when the conditions were good, but some hikers didn’t want to take additional steps to get to Pico Ruivo and missed out a lot!

The scene from the top was stunning and provided us with a panoramic view of the island from coast to coast.

But let’s start from the beginning of the journey.

The area is quite popular, and you can find a lot of information online these days. That’s why many people choose to go by themselves, but we decided to use a local guide. We believe in supporting small businesses when we can afford it. Also, if you do it with a guide, they share a lot of interesting information about the trail, the history of the area, and flora and fauna. The guide will pick you up from your location at the specified time and take you and the others to the starting point. You will be informed of the duration of the hike, the stops you will take, and other necessary information.

Once we were taken to the starting point, I was informed that now was the time to go back to the car if you are not sure if I wanted to do it—either due to fear of heights, not knowing if you will be able to finish the hike, as there won’t be any mobile services if you decide to go back. I was battling with my thoughts about maybe I should go back and wait but finally decided that my fear of heights cannot keep me from experiencing things in life. One lady overheard me talking to my boyfriend and asked if I would go back with her, as she decided she is not going to continue the hike. I respectfully declined her offer 😊

The beginning of the walk seemed quite chilled and windy as the area was most exposed, so we put our jumpers on, but the further we went, the hotter it got. The trail looks flat at first, but there will be some climbing up ahead, also there are different types of surfaces as well, stony, and sandy. Some of the areas are more exposed and have no handrails, but the path isn’t narrow, therefore it feels safe to walk past.

Once you continue to walk, you will pass a few tunnels here and there, so it may be a good idea to have your phone ready to use the torch, as some of the tunnels may be slippery due to water collection.

Our guide Nestor had a lot of knowledge as he traveled to some places in Europe and outside just to experience some hiking. He pointed out the specific flowers and birds that are native to this beautiful island. The flora and fauna of Madeira are just spectacular, and the untouched forests are really to be experienced.

From every spot you stop at, you can take stunning pictures but also, they are great stops to breathe in and think about the important things in life. You can really take a moment to reflect on things, calm your head, and feel what it means to be alive.

Just before you climb Pico de Ruivo, there is a small café called Casa de Abrigo do Pico Ruivo where you can use the toilet and have something to eat and drink. The interesting fact is that workers must carry the food and drinks on foot to stock the shelves, the distance they walk is around 2.5 km from Achada do Teixeira, located below, which is wild…

While we were given a break time at this point, some people decided to stay but we knew we needed to climb a little bit further- otherwise, we would be missing out!

Pico Ruivo da Madeira, the third-highest point in Portugal, is nestled on the stunning island of Madeira. Standing proudly at 1862 meters, this iconic location offers unparalleled panoramic views that demand your time for contemplation.

Pico Do Areeiro Trip With Nestor

At this archipelago’s highest peak, you’ll encounter a unique landscape dominated by high-altitude heather, creating a picturesque backdrop. Marvel at the monumental rock formations, often rising above the clouds, defining the captivating scenery of Pico Ruivo da Madeira. 

The sky was so clear that the view from the top was breathtaking. I can only imagine how magnificent the sunrise and sunset from that viewpoint must be… Apparently, you can book an overnight stay at Casa de Abrigo, so you can experience a sunrise from the summit if you don’t want to start the hike too early.

From that point, you will have around 1 hour left of walking down to Pico Ruivo’s parking lot where the driver awaits to take you back to your accommodation.

At the last bit of hiking, you feel a bit tired but happy and fulfilled to experience this amazing walk. You can turn around and see the mountains you crossed become smaller and look different to what you just experienced.

The whole hike is approximately 11 kilometers long and may take between 3-5 hours, depending on your speed, experience, and if you travel alone or with a group. Of all the tours we have done at Madeira, this was my favorite one by far!