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Hike Madeira: Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

1. Hike Madeira: Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

The sun rises over your hotel as you set out on your walking tour adventure. Leaving from the comforts of your room in Funchal on the Madeira Islands, we'll drive you up to the third highest peak in Madeira - the magnificent Pico Arieiro. You'll sip coffee or a drink on your way up to the base of the peak, looking out at all the stunning beauty this place has to offer. As we head from sea level up to the base at 5,964ft (1818m), you'll pass beautiful flora and fauna. Finally, we'll begin our mighty walk up the mighty Pico Arieiro up to the highest point on the island, the Pico Ruivo peak at 6107 ft (1862m). Finally, we'll walk down to Teixeira where you'll be comfortably transferred back to your hotel. And of course, no day of hiking is complete without a drink at a traditional bar, so we'll make sure to stop at one with a spectacular view to enjoy the closing of your day!

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Madeira: Best of the East Tour from Funchal

2. Madeira: Best of the East Tour from Funchal

Depart from the meeting point at Funchal's Lido or take advantage of a free hotel pick-up in selected areas. The first stop is at the beautiful viewpoint of Terreiro da Luta, located a few kilometers outside Funchal. Next, drive toward the mountain of Pico do Arieiro. At an altitude of 1,818 meters, the third highest peak on the island offers breathtaking views. Once you've been to the highest drivable peak in Madeira, head back down through forest on the way to the coast. Admire some of Madeira's emblematic straw-roof houses, pass pretty villages and get stunning seascape views. Arrive at the very eastern point of the island for some superb panoramas of the north and south coasts. Discover the popular start point for the levada walks, Ribeiro Frio, on the northern slopes of the island. See interesting trout pools and original vegetation. Madeira was once completely covered by laurissilva forest, a relic from prehistoric times. Stop for lunch in Santana, characterized by its small, thatched triangular houses. Past Portela go towards Ponta de São Lourenço, situated in the eastern part of the island. This is a place where a fantastic combination of rocks, sea and nature combine. The last town to be visited is Machico, a view point where you can look over the bay and the golden sandy beach.

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Madeira East Island Tour and Levada Walk

3. Madeira East Island Tour and Levada Walk

This tour of the east side of Madeira island is designed to show guests how truly magical it is. Come and be awed by its spectacular beauty. To begin the day, pick-up is from the hotel at 8:00 to 9:00. The first stop will be at a viewpoint above Funchal. Continue to Camacha, famous for its beautiful wicker works, and stop to have a look around and then take a scenic drive up to Poiso where the start of the Laurissilva forest can be found. After this, make your way to the majestic views of Pico do Arieiro. Pico do Arieiro is the third highest peak on the island, standing 1818 meters. Next is what some consider to be the most beautiful spot on the island, Ribeiro Frio. Here you will visit a trout farm and do a levada walk to the Balcões. Following the walk, make your way to Santana to see its famous A-framed cottages and then continue along the northern coastal road to Faial. Stop for lunch in the northern part of the island. After lunch, carry on to the eastern part of the island, to the famous viewpoint of Pico do Facho. From here you will have incredible views of Ponta de São Lourenco, Machico and the airport. On a good day one can see the Desertas Islands as well Porto Santo, the small island adjacent to Madeira. The last stop will be a famous viewpoint above Machico. You will arrive back to Funchal by 17:00.

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Pico do Arieiro: Private 4x4 Sunrise Trip with Hot Drinks

4. Pico do Arieiro: Private 4x4 Sunrise Trip with Hot Drinks

Watch the sunrise above the clouds on this private guided 4x4 trip starting with pickup from your accommodation in Funchal or Caniço. Travel through the mountains 1,818 meters high to Pico do Arieiro, Madeira Island’s third highest peak. Hop on a Land Rover 4x4 directly from your hotel and head toward Pico do Arieiro, one of the few mountain peaks on the island accessible by car. Make a toast with a hot cup of coffee in hand and plunge back under the clouds.  Admire the mountain’s lush vegetation, including heather, moss, and the impressive purple Echium candicans, known as the pride of Madeira. Continue your adventure off-road and immerse yourself in the nature of the island before returning for drop-off at your hotel. 

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Funchal: Arieiro Peak, Nuns Valley 4x4 Tour & Dolphin Watch

5. Funchal: Arieiro Peak, Nuns Valley 4x4 Tour & Dolphin Watch

Visit Nun's Valley and learn about its interesting history and admire the spectacular panoramic views from Pico do Arieiro, at 1,818 meters above sea level. Later you’ll head out to sea on a catamaran and be on the lookout for whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. The 7-hour tour begins in Funchal, and the first stop will be at Pico dos Barcelos, where take in sweeping views of Funchal’s bay. Afterward you’ll visit the famous Nun’s Valley, known for its historical importance and its unique location, isolated from any population center. Head to the majestic Pico do Arieiro, where you’ll take in the magnificent landscapes and stunning views over the north and south coast of the island, Ponta de São Lourenço and Paul da Serra. The last stop of the land tour is Santo da Serra, surrounded by the Laurissilva Forest (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and other exotic plant species. You’ll then be dropped off at the Funchal harbor to begin the dolphin and whale watching a segment of the tour. Board the catamaran for a relaxing trip along the south coast of Madeira. The boat trip takes 3 hours and there’s a strong possibility that you’ll spot dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. During the summer months there’s also the possibility of swimming below the Cabo Girao cliff. During the trip the crew will provide detailed information about the species that you are likely to see. This trip ends in Funchal’s Harbor.

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Madeira: Full-Day Private Jeep Tour (East or West)

6. Madeira: Full-Day Private Jeep Tour (East or West)

Make the tricky decision of which side of Madeira to explore, and then be delighted by amazing views in an open-top 4WD jeep.  Choose to explore the east side of the island and you will visit the majestic mountain of Pico do Arieiro. Marvel at its rises to an altitude of 1,818 meters above sea level, making it the third highest mountain on Madeira. Go to Santana, famous for its triangular houses, and then discover peaceful Santo António da Serra surrounded by exotic forest. Get spectacular views from Pico do Facho and look over the valley of Machico. Then, visit the astonishing Ponta de São Lourenço and see the lighthouse that marks the extreme east of Madeira. Explore the west side of Madeira and you will go to the village of Ribeira Brava in the valley of the same name. Continue to São Vicente, famous for its vineyards, before seeing the volcanic pools of Porto Moniz. Discover the island's most extensive plateau at Paul da Serra. Make you way to the cliffs of Cabo Girão, which at 589 meters are the highest in Europe. Walk onto the glass floor balcony for a breathtaking view. End with a visit to the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos before the return journey to your original pick-up point.

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Madeira Island Full-Day Jeep Tours

7. Madeira Island Full-Day Jeep Tours

Experience the best of Madeira by 4WD vehicle on a full-day tour by Jeep. Venture off-road to discover the dramatic scenery far from the usual tourist crowds. Ideal if you have visited the island before and want to see it from a different perspective, each tour will take you to parts of the island that you never knew existed and leave you speechless with wonder at its natural beauty. Benefit from a 3-course lunch at a local restaurant along the way. Choose from the full-day tour to suit your schedule and preferences: Exciting West Tour (Mondays): Funchal - Encumeada - São Vicente - Seixal - Porto Moniz - Fanal Funchal Explore the steep escarpments and deep river valleys on a tour of the west of Madeira, including the seaside village of Seixal and the municipality of Porto Moniz, where a natural complex of lava pools is popular with locals and tourists alike. Delightful East Tour (Wednesdays): Funchal - Pico do Arieiro - Ribeiro Frio - Guindaste - Porto da Cruz - Portela - Caniçal - Funchal Venture east from Funchal to the stunning Pico do Arieiro (1,818 meters) and Ribeiro Frio, where the Balcões levada trails journey through the indigenous flora of the Laurissilva Forest. Enchanting Northeast Tour (Fridays): Funchal - São Vicente - Ponta Delgada - São Jorge - Santana - Faial - Poiso - Funchal Depart Funchal for São Vicente and continue to the small village of Ponta Delgada and the hilltop parish and coastal cliffs of São Jorge in the municipality of Santana. Dramatic Southwest Tour (Sundays): Funchal - Paul da Serra - Ponta do Pargo - Paul do Mar - Jardim do Mar - Calheta - Ponta do Sol - Funchal Explore Madeira’s dramatic southwest, including the extensive plateau of Paul da Serra and the high altitude cliffs of Ponta do Pargo.

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Madeira Island: Mountain Bike Tour w/ Transportation

8. Madeira Island: Mountain Bike Tour w/ Transportation

Enjoy Madeira to the fullest on some of the most challenging trails in the area and reap the rewards from the best nature Madeira has to offer. Madeira has some of the best trails from the summit to sea level across rocky trails, rain forests, root trails, and eucalyptus forests, surrounded by magnificent sea views. Start at Pico do Areeiro, the third highest peak in Madeira and the highest area accessible by car at an altitude of 1,818 meters above sea level. Bike through various vegetation, different terrains, and some uphill inclines in between the trails, and on the last part of the tour, ride downhill to the sea where you can relax.

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Madeira: Half-Day Pico Arieiro Jeep Tour

9. Madeira: Half-Day Pico Arieiro Jeep Tour

This Jeep tour will show you Madeira’s third-highest peak, which sits at 1,818 meters. You'll also discover Santo da Serra, renowned for its famous farms and cider drink which you will have the opportunity to taste. You can also take the opportunity to enjoy a short levada walk in the mountain, which will last about 20 to 30 minutes. Once having concluded your walk, you'll proceed onward to the Portela viewpoint. You'll stop by the Portela viewpoint, overlooking Porto da Cruz in the north of the Island, where you will go off-road in the middle of the Laurissilva Forest to the town of Machico. Machico was the first place found when they discovered Madeira Island, and once you are done discovering its features, you will return to your hotel.

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Madeira East or West Private Half-Day Tour by Open-Top Jeep

10. Madeira East or West Private Half-Day Tour by Open-Top Jeep

Get back to nature on a private half-day tour of Madeira and discover the stunning landscapes of the east or west side of the island by 4WD jeep..  Head to the majestic Pico do Arieiro for magnificent views at an altitude of 1,818 meters on the east island tour. Visit the Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras), along with the sleepy village of Santo da Serra and its exotic woodlands. Tour west Madeira and visit Cabo Girão for a stunning view from the glass floor balcony of the highest sea cliff in Europe. Go to the Boca dos Namorados viewpoint and explore the Valley of the Nuns ( (Curral das Freiras), along with the traditional fishing village of Câmara de Lobos.

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What people are saying about Pico do Arieiro

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,163 reviews

A great and varied day, full of laughter, good food and insider information. Lucy never hurried us(we got back well after six) and always seemed to have another little surprise up her sleeve. The lunch in Santana (included) was excellent value and really tasty. Lucy was a mine of information and it is very clear she loves her island, and passes this love on to her guests. Thank you Lucy. Elizabeth

Well organised, and operated. We had perfect weather for our day with clear views above the clouds and not too hot or cold. Stunning views, not to be missed. The toilets at the cafés are 50c, but easily avoided at least for men. The path is well made up, lots of steps, but no scrambling involved. Although marked as hard it's not a struggle for generally fit people.

I thought I will not gonna be picked up on that day. It's was late about 1.5h and I was the last person to be pick. Sometimes things can't be avoid specially the traffic in the morning. But there is no doubt about this trip. Roberto was so informative, fun and we went so many beautiful places. not to forget our lunch was superb as well 5⭐

Incredibly beautiful tour. You have to be lucky with the weather. If that fits, it's gorgeous. The guide was also very friendly.

A great tour through an indescribable nature. Sergio was a fantastic guide who catered to everyone.