Pico Ruivo, Madeira

#6 of 17 in Nature in Madeira
Mountain · Nature / Park
Pico Ruivo is the highest peak on Madeira Island. It can be reached only by foot, usually either from Pico do Arieiro (3rd highest) after a strenuous hike, or from Achada do Teixeira via a shorter, easier trail. There is an additional trail leading west to Encumeada. The hut just below the summit is now open, and there are water tap and toilets available.

Pico Ruivo is 1,861 metres (6,106 ft) high and provides panoramic views of the island from coast to coast, but unpredictable weather conditions can make it quite dangerous.
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  • It took us 6:38:51 from car to car, including a 40minute lunch and stops along the way for photos. Many people pay for a tour and only do the one-way hike but you still have to go down from Pico...  more »
  • Pico Ruivo is the highest peak in Madeira. Despite it relatively low altitude (below 2 km above the sea level), its character is like e.g. in high peaks in the Alps in summer. Thanks to Madeira...  more »
  • Pretty nice
  • This isn’t pico Ruivo on street view. The radar tower you see is on pico do areeiro

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