Pico do Arieiro is a breathtaking place and the famous trail PR1 Vereda do Areeiro definitely deserves its fame and recommendations. Visit it while the weather is good to have an unforgettable walk in the clouds…
Vereda do Areeiro – Hike Video
Vereda do Areeiro – Map & Info
The PR1 hike map including difficulty and altitudes can be downloaded [HERE].
The hike “Vereda do Areeiro – PR 1”, between these two peaks is a wonderful walk traversing part of the Central Mountain Massif, an area integrated into the Natura 2000 Network, with tunnels, steep cliffs carved into the rock, and steep ascents and descents. All this with the possibility of admiring wonderful views.
If you want to walk the PR1 route only one way, or you do not have your own car, you can book transfers with convenient pick-ups & drop-offs:
Vereda do Areeiro – Photo Gallery
Here are some quick shots we took between Pico do Arieiro & Pico Ruivo:
And here some quick shots we took between Pico Ruivo and Achada do Teixera:
Pico & Vereda do Areeiro – Pictures above the clouds
If you are not able to take the PR1 hike, but also would like to take a few spectacular pictures with the fluffy carpet made of clouds, no need to worry. It is possible to get to Pico do Arieiro by car. You can also start walking towards Pico Ruivo, but return after about a kilometre. In my opinion, the most beautiful part of the route is located very close to Pico do Arieiro. The beginning of the route looks particularly beautiful in the pictures; my favourite part is the spectacular little stairs, with an abyss on both sides.
The parking on Pico do Arieiro is free. You will be able to get by car almost all the way to the top, which is why Pico do Arieiro is one of the most popular attractions/places to see on Madeira.
It was the top of Pico do Arieiro where we had our outdoor wedding photo session, which we will remember for the rest of our lives.
Another idea for a walk in the clouds, but more accessible than the option described above, is a short walk from Achada do Teixeira (Teixeira Plateau) to Pico Ruivo – PR1.2.
Achada do Teixeira is located very close to Santana in the north-east of the island. You can park your car in a large parking lot and a walk towards Pico Ruivo (about 3 km to the peak).
The beginning of the route is easily accessible and the path is wide and paved. Walking this short route during good weather, we can expect such views:
Pico do Arieiro is definitely a place you cannot miss during your visit to Madeira.