Pico Ruivo, Madeira

Dare to climb Pico Ruivo Pike, the highest peak of the Archipelago of Madeira.

Pico Ruivo
Pico Ruivo
© MF Turismo da Madeira

The visit of Madeira is incomplete without climbing to the Pico Ruivo Pike that, with its 1861 metres, is the highest peak of the archipelago.

Pico Ruivo, Madeira
Pico Ruivo
© Turismo da Madeira

This place, that can only be accessed by foot through a comfortable stone path, offers an impressive panoramic view. However, to enjoy the best views, it is advised to start the walk early, because at midmorning the warm wind of the coast will have thickened when crashing with the cold winds of the mountain, making clouds that add as much charm to the landscape as they hinder the views.

To reach the path you can depart from Santana by the EN-101-5 to the car park and nursing home where the Anchada do Teixeira highway ends.

Behind the house you will find a unique rocky formation known as Homem em Pé (Standing man), made up by various eroded basalt dykes.

The climb to the Pico Ruivo Pike departs from here. 45 minutes after the departure, the road forks, so you have to take the right road which goes through a fence in the direction of the refuge, a big white building. One or two minutes later the road forks again but, this time, you have to follow the left one.

From here, you have to climb by a steep slope to the top, located at 1,861 m. However, the effort is worthy to enjoy the amazing views of the central mountain range of Madeira and the island of Porto Santo.

The total length of this road is 1.5 km, and it usually takes two hours to go all over ir.

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