PR.1 Vereda do Areeiro – Best hike in Madeira

montanhas, miradouro, ninho da manta

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If you’re a mountain lover visiting Madeira, hiking the Vereda do Areeiro (PR.1) is an absolute must-do. This challenging trail connects three of the island’s highest peaks: Pico Ruivo (1862m), Pico das Torres (1851m), and Pico do Areeiro (1817m). While the hike is incredibly rewarding, it can also be quite strenuous, especially on hotter days. Be sure to bring enough water for the entire hike, as there are no opportunities to refill along the way due to the trail’s high altitude. Additionally, proper footwear is crucial for this intensive hike – leave the sandals behind and opt for shoes with good grip and support.

DISTANCE: 7.0 km E | 6.1km O

TIME: 3.5h E | 3h W

HEIGHT : 1491m 1857m

arreiro view

If you’re unable to complete the entire hike, we recommend making a point to visit the viewpoint  Ninho da Manta. Though it’s only a 20-minute hike, the breathtaking views and sights make it well worth the effort.

The trail offers two different variations, EAST (7.0 km) and WEST (6.1 km). If you plan to hike back to the starting point, you can follow both directions. The EAST variation will lead you up to Pico das Torres, the second-highest peak on Madeira, but be prepared for a challenging climb up a long set of stairs that may test your knees. On the other hand, the WEST variation is shorter and less demanding, as it passes through several tunnels that cross the mountains. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight with you if you choose this route.

If you’re planning to camp on Pico Ruivo, we recommend reading our guide on Camping in Pico Ruivo. One of the highlights of camping on Pico Ruivo is the unforgettable experience of watching the sunrise and sunset from the summit. It’s an experience that you’ll remember for a lifetime!