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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
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.
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!