The Pico do Areerio is the third highest peak of Madeira and at the same time the highest place that can be reached by car. From here, the great mountain trail PR 1 starts for Pico Ruivo.
On the top of the mountain is a large radar station of the Portuguese air strike forces and directly below a large snack bar and a parking lot. If you want to hike from here, you should come as early as possible, because many tourists go for the view to the mountain and thus quickly fill the parking lot.
March 22, 2018
If you want to have the mountain on your own, you have the unique chance of being high up at sunrise without having to run with a flashlight in the dark, as you can reach the mountain by car.
In other ways too (except that it's a grand spectacle above the clouds), it's great to be there at sunrise:
You can hike much more beautifully on the grade (to Pico Ruivo) before all the other hikers have left, you reach Pico Ruivo before possibly hiding in the clouds around noon and you have definitely had the best hours on the mountain!
You can check the weather here: meteoblue.com/de/wetter Forecast/woche/pico-do-arieiro_portugal_2271550
It is important to ensure that there is no chance of a thunderstorm and that the wind is below 25km / h, otherwise it will be dangerous.
The mountain is categorically given too few hours of sun - the site doesn't seem to know what people are saying here in Madeira: "If there are clouds down here, the sun always shines up there."
March 22, 2017
The Pico do Arieiro summit can easily be reached by car (quite busy during the day) and at the same time marks the starting point of a magnificent high-altitude hike to the neighboring summit Pico Ruivo ... However, this hike has it in itself and should only be started in good weather (on wind and weather often / Passages often in clouds / fog) - Absolute sure-footedness and vertigo necessary! In addition, with a height difference of almost 300m (multiple stairs !!!) A corresponding condition is required! For some of the tunnels, a flashlight is also recommended!
September 15, 2016
The view is fantastic when the fog clears, when we were there it was very windy and cold, within 2 minutes the mountains were clearly visible or disappeared in the fog.
The paths are easy to walk, sometimes quite narrow and a little too close to the abyss.
I then stopped because of the strong wind, but hope to come back to Madeira and continue.
February 4, 2019
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