Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo mountain walk – Madeira

I hadn’t decided to do any walk before I left for this holiday, because I knew that my travel companion would not be able to join me and I wasn’t sure if it would be a fun thing to do without a friend. However, a few days by the pool went by and I was feeling soooo restless, so I went to the hotel lobby and asked them to sign me up for a levada / mountain walk the next day. I had three walks I had been looking at: Queimadas, Rabaçal and Pico Ruivo. I figured that you can’t go wrong with the highest peak on the island so I chose Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo and no regrets. Not sure what the exact distance was, I assume we walked around 6-8 km and the 12-14 km you can find in some brochures is if you also return back to Pico do Arieiro.

I liked the physical challenge, it was a hot day and I started with pants and a jacket in the morning but ended up wearing a shorts and top when arriving to the top, so it’s a good idea to dress in layers. Highly recommended if you want to work out a little while looking at amazing landscapes!

In the evening when I got back I was so excited about the day that I immediately ordered a new walk for the next day – which was a good idea actually, because my legs were hurting soooo much the next morning so better to keep on moving and stretch your legs.


I can’t remember the name of the company who did this tour (cost 30€ with round trip bus ride from your hotel), but the guide was Tania, and a little google search pointed me to the website of www.madeirahappytours.com… perhaps that is it. She is extremely nice, so if you find her, take her!

I got back home with a lot of photos, more than I can publish and also the landscapes didn’t change a lot during the walk, so they all have the same elements in them. But hope you enjoy these I picked out for the post.

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Written by Sara Norris
I'm Sara - a petrolhead, journalist, blogger, and photographer - with a passion for exploring the world's greatest driving roads in the best driver's cars. I'm the founder and CEO of the luxury driving tour company Colcorsa. At Colcorsa we create for our customers bespoke driving tours – an exclusive supercar driving experience on some of the best driving roads in Europe, in your dream performance car or classic car.