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Day hike in Madeira to the summit of Pico Ruivo

Hiking in Madeira

The certified guides from Explore Nature will lead you on this striking and impressive day hike in Madeira to the summit of Pico Ruivo, the highest point on the island, and along the way we will pass some epic landscapes and be exposed to gorgeous and exquisite views back out over Madeira and the ocean.


1 Day

All year




  • Hike between Madeira's 2 highest points - Pico do Arieiro and Pico Ruivo!
  • Admire the stunning and unique landscape, scenery and terrain of the island
  • Take in the breath-taking views from the summit of Pico Ruivo out to the ocean


Hiking to the summit of Pico Ruivo, Madeira’s highest point, from its second-highest point, Pico do Arieiro, is a stunning and beautiful way to spend a day on this glorious island, and I will lead you on this route as we hike past incredibly vast and enchanting scenery, the mountainous terrain over-looking lush green valleys and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance.

Madeira is an autonomous region of Portugal located in the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of Africa, and consists of 4 main islands. It is known for its warm climate all-year-round, and has become somewhat of an outdoor activity mecca, with hiking and trail running proving particularly popular.

Our day hike begins when we meet in the morning at a designated pick-up spot, before going to the summit of Pico do Arieiro, which is easily accessible by car.

We then set off in earnest, with the rocky terrain and steep inclines taking some time to get used to.

One of the highlights for many is the section of the hike that takes us through the awe-inspiring and magnificent central massif of the island, an otherworldly and astonishing place that gives us great views out over the mountains.

Along the way there will also be sections entailing tunnels, belvederes and tricky rocky ridges, so you will have to keep your concentration for long stretches.

The pay-off for all these exertions is evident once we reach the summit of Pico Ruivo, as the sweeping panoramic views out over the entire island take the breath away, the raw natural beauty and sumptuous scenery making it all worthwhile.

Our adventure ends when we drop you back off at the meeting point, thrilled and satisfied at having conquered the highest point on the island and seen the best this special place has to offer.

This is one of the most scenic and interesting ways to spend a day on Madeira – book now and you won’t regret it!

For those who want to see a different part of the island, check out our Day hike from Bica da Cana to Encumeada in Madeira, here!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

- Personal insurance

Price details

Price is per person in a group.


Day 1: Meet, hike, finish

Pick-up between Santana, Machico, Santa Cruz and Funchal, head to summit of Pico do Arieiro, hike for approximately 5 hours to summit of Pico Ruivo, head back to pick-up point, finish.



Meeting point

Between Santana, Machico, Santa Cruz and Funchal.

Equipment you will need to bring


Watter bottle

About the guide



What people are saying about Explore-Share

Kumari Selvakumar


Sept 14, 2022

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Sept 6, 2022

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May 8, 2022

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April 14, 2022

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March 9, 2022

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March 4, 2022

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Feb 2, 2022

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