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Pico Ruivo

Pico Ruivo

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Recommended by 1035 out of 1041 hikers

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  • eyekon

    If you stay in Madeira, you should definitely hike to Pico Ruivo in good weather, the views are gigantic! For more alpine tours, the hike from Encumeada Pass to Pico Ruivo is ideal, we hiked it in February 2017, absolutely fantastic!

    However, depending on the season, you should pay attention to the temperature differences in the altitude, it can happen that in Funchal people splash around in the sea, while in the mountains there are icy temperatures (at least at night). We found puddles still frozen over in the morning.

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    • April 7, 2017

  • Trekknik (Niklas)

    The Pico Ruivo, also called Rothaarspitze, is Madeira's highest peak (1862 m).

    He can be climbed on various hiking trails. The simplest variant is the PR 1.2 from the hiking car park Achada do Teixeira.

    Alternatively - and recommended for lovers of alpine mountaineering - the tours are from the trail parking lot of the Pico do Arieiro (black) or from the Encumeada Pass (black) coming from. Alternatively, you can also go there afterwards (red).

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    • September 28, 2015

  • Anette

    The Pico Ruivo is with 1862 meters the highest mountain of the island. You should be sure-footed. The path from Achada do Teixeira is steep and tiring for recreational hikers. But it's worth it. The view is sensational.

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    • January 13, 2017

  • Olli

    Good condition required, since many stairs have to be mastered. Pack enough to drink, there is no possibility for shopping on the route.

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    • March 29, 2017

  • Klaus-Peter

    Even if you can see clouds from the sea you are usually above the clouds. For safety, the webcam can be studied on the Pico Arieiro.

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    • May 28, 2017

  • Uwe K.

    On the way to the summit there are several shady stone huts to rest. At one of them comes along the way a water pipe from the stone with extra cool water, even very good drinkable!

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    • August 19, 2017

  • walker98

    The path from the Achada do Teixeira (northeast) is a continuous paved walk for walkers, in 30-40 minutes you are on the top. However, you have to pay attention to the height. At 20 ° C on the beach, there may be minus degrees at the summit where you want your cap and gloves.
    The road from the south (Pico de Arriero), in about 2 hours is due to landslides and very well secured. He requires good surefootedness and absolutely no fear of heights and leads through a spectacular rock scenery. A headlamp is useful, (which also applies to a helmet, but you never see). He is challenging with about 1000 Hm.
    The way from the west (Vereda do Chao dos Louros) is the longest and most strenuous, duration about 4h at 2000 Hm. He is often used by trail runners as a training route.

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    • March 27, 2017

  • Thomas Tesche (Panketaler)

    Very well developed for tourists, many visitors find their way to the Pico Ruivo. But that does not break the whole thing. If you want to be alone, you have to start at sunrise. You have a great panoramic view when the clouds play along. We were lucky that the cloud cover stopped around the 1400m, so you have wandered over the clouds.

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    • July 27, 2019

  • J&J S3ID3L

    It seems as if due to the many landslides no east and west route to the Pico Ruivo is more entertained, but only in each case the way is open, which was not least affected by landslides.
    It is recommended to be there before noon to have a view.

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    • March 23, 2017

  • Thomas

    It's fascinating to see how fast the weather changes up here. In the one moment you do not see anything in front of clouds and in the next one the sun is shining in a blue sky.

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    • November 20, 2018

  • Hunsbuckel 🇺🇦

    Even for non-climbers, the route is easy to handle. Start as early as possible!

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    • March 24, 2019

  • J&J S3ID3L

    Anyone who sets off at sunrise has at least the easy route to themselves and gets a wonderful sunrise (usually over the clouds) to see the Pico do Arieiro. It also has the advantage of getting started early before the clouds eventually reach the peaks around noon.
    The weather is wonderful here: meteoblue.com/de/wetter/vorhersage/woche/pico-do-arieiro_portugal_2271550
    where it is more important to pay attention to wind and thunderstorms, as in sunshine hours, as these are usually more than stated and rain and clouds accordingly less, as both usually get stuck under the ridge.

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    • June 29, 2017

  • SunnyKay☀️🚴‍♀️🐾

    You have to make this hike easy on Madeira!

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    • February 11, 2017

  • Hunsbuckel 🇺🇦

    When it is foggy in the spring on the island, you can enjoy the sun on the Pico Ruivo in the morning. It is not until noon that the clouds move upwards. So start early.

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    • July 21, 2019

  • Nils

    The climb is well worth it, whether on the long trip from Pico do Arieiro or from the parking lot of Pico Ruivo. Due to the thinner and usually faster air, the view down to the valley and the Atlantic Ocean is a worthwhile present!
    On a clear day even Madeira's sister island Porto Santo can be seen.

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    • April 15, 2019

  • DL1EKC

    The highest mountain of Madeira offers magnificent views. If you're lucky, you'll see a plane flying through below.

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    • October 26, 2019

  • Severin

    From this point you can see the whole island. Beautiful view!

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    • November 15, 2017

  • Andreas

    Great views and best start further down, the ascent is breathtaking.

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    • August 22, 2019

  • Amalie

    We were lucky with the weather. The climb was partly cloudy, but above the sun was shining. Through gaps in the clouds we could occasionally look into the area.

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    • November 18, 2019

  • Mel

    When the weather is clear, you can see all the way to Punta São Laurenco

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    • September 8, 2021

  • JR on Tour

    Madeira's highest peak, the panorama is a dream

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    • February 1, 2022

  • Baste

    An absolute MUST with every Madeira stay

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    • September 23, 2017

  • Baste

    Wonderful way, which is usually also above the clouds.
    On a cloudy day in Funchal, early on the mountain before the clouds pull up in the afternoon

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    • October 30, 2017

  • Paul77

    Highest point on the island with awesome views.

    • September 2, 2018

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    Koordinaten 32° 45′ 31″ N, 16° 56′ 32″ W

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