A Week In Madeira – 10. Pico de Arieiro


One sunny morning we drove to Pico de Arieiro. At 5965 feet, it is the second highest mountain in Madeira and yes, you can drive almost to the top of it! The road clung to the side of the mountain and twisted and turned as it climbed. The view of the mist clad blue mountains and valleys beyond was magnificent.

Nearer the peak, a large stone igloo loomed. It is called “Poço da Neve” and was built by an English family to collect and store snow and ice to take back to Funchal, 20 km away.


The road twisting up the mountain

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There is a large car park, a restaurant a souvenir shop and an air defence radar station built in 2011 at the top. A well constructed path with many tunnels leads north through beautiful country to Pico Ruivo, the highest peak in Madeira. It is said to be an interesting and not arduous two to three hours walk.

By the time we reached the summit, it was shrouded in mist and visibility was near zero. They say that on a clear day it is possible to see the neighbouring island of Porto Santo, 30 miles to the north.

The foot path to

The foot path to Pico Ruivo

The summit

The summit


A drive here on a clear day is well worth the effort. I am told afternoons are best with less mist and better visibility. A walk to Pico Ruivo is something I would love to do if I came here again!




Our visit was arranged by:

Rita Galvão
CEO / Diretora Executiva 
+351 912304517
www.discoveringmadeira.com  www.winetoursmadeira.com

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