Pico do Arieiro (or Pico do Areeiro) is the third highest peak on the island of Madeira, with an altitude of 1818 meters, right after Pico Ruivo (1862 meters) and Pico das Torres (1851 meters).
It is an excellent place to visit at dawn, as the view of the sunrise from Pico is incredible.
So, our suggestion today is that you join us on a trip above the clouds in Madeira.
Whatch the sunrise at Pico do Arieiro
To see the sunrise at Pico do Arieiro, you have to get up very early, as you have to take the car to the summit and take the time to go to the viewpoint.
Our enthusiasm was high, despite our children having problems waking up early.
The hotel where we stayed, Quinta da Saraiva, arranged for us a basket with breakfast that we took with us and made the moment even more special.
What to see in Pico do Arieiro
First of all, it is worth mentioning that the road to Pico do Arieiro offers beautiful landscapes.
Then, when you arrive, you will see some buildings, such as a cafe, a souvenir shop, and the Portuguese Air Force Radar Station nº4.
The Juncal Viewpoint is ideal for watching the sunrise and is on the right, after the car park next to the roundabout, but if you want to go to the highest point, you will have to climb the steps next to the café and shop.
On the left side of the main building is the access to the Pico do Arieiro Trail to Pico Ruivo.
Pico do Areeiro Trail to Pico Ruivo
The Pico do Areeiro Trail to Pico Ruivo is one of the most beautiful to do on Madeira Island.
The path between the two peaks is not easy to walk, however, you can go at least a few meters just after Pico do Arieiro.
It is common to recommend flashlights, mainly to cross tunnels, and always let someone know when you are going on a trail like this, so they know where you are in case of an accident.
Sunrise at Pico do Arieiro
How to get to Pico do Arieiro
The best way to get to Pico do Areeiro is by car, so it is best to rent a car in Madeira.
To get an idea of the distances, from Funchal it is 19 km along the ER103, which has some curves, so take your time if you don’t want to miss the moment of sunrise.
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