Pico do Arieiro Tours

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Pico do Arieiro
Pico do Arieiro is a mountain on the island of Madeira, off the coast of Portugal. At 5,965 feet (1,818 meters), it’s the island’s third highest peak and one of its most popular tourist attractions, thanks to incredible views from the summit and challenging hiking trails.

The Basics
Located in the center of Madeira, north of the capital Funchal, Pico Arieiro has been drawing visitors to its impressive summit for many years. Looking out over the surrounding landscape from the peak is a surreal experience, as the top of the mountain is often above cloud level. On a clear day, visitors can look down onto clouds dotted below and the blue sky above and even see all the way to the neighboring island of Porto Santo, some 30 miles (48 kilometers) away.

From the summit, a hiking trail extends into the surrounding hills toward Pico Ruivo, the island’s highest peak. It’s a challenging walk, but the panoramic views are spectacular, even if you only venture a short distance along the trail. Visitors can opt to explore Pico do Arieiro as part of a guided island tour combined with other popular sites. Many small-group tours travel by 4WD vehicle in this area.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Refreshments, bathrooms, and a souvenir shop are located at the summit.
  • There is free parking at the summit.
  • A chairlift is available to access the summit for those with limited mobility.
  • Check weather conditions before you set out.
  • Bring an extra layer or two, as the temperature can change rapidly at the summit.
  • Wear suitable footwear if you’re planning to hike the trails, and take water and sunscreen with you.
 
How to Get There
Pico do Arieiro is around 30 minutes by car along route ER103 from Madeira’s capital, Funchal. The mountain road is very steep and winding; consider traveling with a guided group if you’re not experienced at driving in this type of terrain.

When to Get There
The summit is open daily, but the restaurant and shop may close on certain holidays. Try to set out early in the day if you’re planning to hike to ensure you have enough daylight to return.

A Wild Ride on the Monte Toboggan Run
For a one-of-a-kind Madeiran experience, hop on a wood-and-wicker sled for a thrilling ride—down paved streets, not pristine snow. Take the cable car from the capital Funchal up to the town of Monte and then step on board a sled (carro de cesto) for a quick zip back down the steep streets. Two experienced drivers ride behind the sled to steer you safely down the hill while you enjoy the ride.
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Madeira East Tour from Funchal

Discover the eastern landscapes of Madeira with ease on an 8-hour tour from Funchal, ideal for lovers of natural landscapes. Visit the quaint craft village of Camacha, ascend to Pico de Arieiro, Madeira’s third-highest peak, and admire the famous Laurissilva Forest, which dates back to prehistoric times. Plus, you’ll enjoy lunch in the colorful town of Santana, visit Machico, and admire panoramic views from Ponta de São Lourenço. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Funchal are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Madeira East Island Tour with Levada Walk and Lunch

Spend a day exploring the dramatic sea cliffs, islands and traditional villages of Madeira’s east coast on this full-day small-group tour, with a maximum of 8 people. Enjoy magnificent views of Ribeiro Frio, Pico do Arieiro and Laurissilva forest; discover the crafts-making heritage of Camacha village; and snap photos of the thatched triangular houses in Santana village. After a scenic walk along the levadas (canal ways) and a visit to a trout farm, tuck into a delicious 3-course lunch (included) on the island of Grutas do Faial.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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South East and North East Island Day Tour from Funchal

Explore the eastern part of Madeira Island on a full-day private tour from Funchal. Learn about the local culture of the region from your informative guide as you visit small villages such as Camacha, Santana, Santa Cruz, and Machico. Take in the stunning panoramic views from the highest point on the island, Pico Ruivo, and stroll through the Ribeiro Frio Forest Park before heading back to your hotel in Funchal.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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AROUND THE ISLAND - TWO DAYS TOUR FROM 09H TO 17H (EACH DAY)

Discover Nature, History and Tradition. Feeling Madeira will provideyou will never forget!
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Full Day Jeep Safari East - Pico do Areeiro - Santana - Ponta de são Lourenço

Experience Funchal’s rich culture and natural environment on this all-day off-road adventure. After a convenient hotel pickup, hop in a 4x4 and explore the island’s pristine corners with a local guide. Enjoy a traditional meal for lunch, stop for souvenirs in Santana, visit Madiera’s first capital city, and marvel at picturesque views of the Red Cliffs—all on one affordable, family-friendly tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Nun's Valley and Pico do Areeiro in 4x4 Half Day Tour

Famed for its splintering mountains and rugged coastlines, Madeira is a mecca for outdoor adventurers. See some of the island’s most spectacular scenery on a 4-hour jeep tour from Funchal, including convenient hotel pickup and drop-off. Absorb panoramic views of Funchal from Pico dos Barcelos Viewpoint, visit the famous Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras), and Pico do Arieiro, the island’s third-highest peak.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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AROUND THE ISLAND BY JEEP - TWO DAYS ADVENTURE FROM 09H TO 17H (EACH DAY)

Get to know the island of Madeira through a Jeep tour. Fantastic places and some of them just accessible by car all terrain. Without a doubt one of the best tours available. It's really worth it.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Full Day Madeira East Island Small-Group Tour from Funchal

Discover the rugged mountain landscape of eastern Madeira on a full-day, small-group tour from Funchal for your group of up to 8 people. Travel in the comfort of a climate-controlled vehicle as you look down at the clouds from the summit of Pico do Arieiro, Madeira’s third-highest peak, see traditional thatch architecture in the seaside community of Santana, then take in the views along the coast from the Penha d’Aguia. Throughout the day, enjoy the personal service of a private driver, with pickup and drop-off at Funchal hotels included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Madeira Peaks - Open 4X4 Full-Day Tour

The island of Madeira is renowned for rugged mountains whose summits shoot into the sky. Ascend to the island’s best viewpoints on a 8-hour 4x4 tour from Funchal, ideal for lovers of nature and the outdoors. In an open-top 4x4, you’ll conquer rugged, off-road routes and absorb views of natural landmarks such as Eagle’s Rock and Riveiro Frio , the island’s third-highest peak. Plus, you’ll visit a sugar cane factory in Porto da Cruz. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Summit and Sunrise Challenge

Our motto is that the customer chooses what they want to see and when!We hike without haste and in small groups!from sunrise to the end of the hike the views are stunning!
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hours
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hours
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Private Madeira Half-Day Jeep Tour: East or West

Customize your own sightseeing itinerary on a private 5-hour jeep tour of Madeira. Depending on your preferences, you’ll explore the east or west side of the island in a 4x4 vehicle while receiving undivided attention from a private guide. Opt to discover Pico do Areiro and the Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras) in the east, or ascend to Cabo Girão, Europe’s highest sea cliff, and Câmara de Lobos, home to a colony of monk seals, during a tour of the west. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.       
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Full Day East Madeira - Camacha, Pico do Ariero, Ribeiro Frio, Portela, Santana

Experience the culture of Madeira during this full-day tour leaving from Funchal. On this tour see artisans at work in Camacha and the renowned cottages atop Santana mountain village. Also while visiting east Madeira, capture stunning views in Pico do Arieiro, Ribeiro Frio, and Portela.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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East Tour A-Framed Houses

East Madeira is known for its stunning A-Framed houses in Camacha. This day tour is perfect for travelers with limited time in Madeira as you’ll see many highlights in one tour. Get access to incredible Pico Arieiro views, see the UNESCO World Heritage site Laurissilva Forest, and Ponta de São Lourenço. Traveling with a guide means you won’t get lost, and you’ll learn about Madeira as you explore its attractions.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Pico Arieiro "FlowerEAST" Santana Full Day 4x4 Safari Small Group Tour

Explore the wild and rural side of East Madeira by going on an exhilarating 4x4 tour. You won’t have to worry about your trip being overcrowded as you’ll be traveling in a small group. Visit off-road sites that would be hard to reach alone such as Pico do Arieiro. You’ll see incredible landscapes, learn about local flora and fauna, and see traditional houses in Santana. A guide will enhance your tour with fascinating stories about the island along the way.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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Private - Madeira Island Tour

This tour is a private tour with max. 4pax. It has a duration of 8 hours and you get to know all the island. We do a trip passing in all the major points of the island. Cabo Girao Viewpoint, Poncha da Serra de Agua, Funchal,  Camara de Lobos, Santana, Natural Swimming Pools Porto Moniz, Pico Areeiro and much more. You also can customize the tour. The prince includes insurance, qualified and friendly guide. Free picnic and transport.
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
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Nun's Valley Open 4X4 Tour

Discover the vertiginous roads and secluded villages of the Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras) on a 4x4 tour from Funchal. In an open-top 4x4, you’ll follow rugged routes and enjoy stunning views of Madeira’s mountainous terrain. Plus, you’ll stop to taste Portuguese liqueurs and pastries, and visit a wicker factory. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Madeira Full Day Jeep Tour East or West

During your Madeira vacation, take control of your sightseeing itinerary on a private, custom 7-hour tour from Funchal. Depending on your preferences, you’ll explore the east or west side of the island in a 4x4 vehicle while receiving undivided attention from a private guide. If you choose to explore the east, you’ll visit Pico do Arieiro, Santo da Serra, and Santana, famed for its triangular houses. Opt for the west side to marvel at the vineyards of  São Vicente and the panoramic views from Cabo Girão, Europe’s highest sea cliff. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Highest Mountains of Madeira Private Tour

Get a unique and unforgettable view of Madeira on this guided tour to the highest mountains on the island, reaching up to 5,964 feet (1,818 meters) above sea level at Pico do Areeiro. In the company of just your party and a guide, enjoy the flexibility of being able to customize according to your preferences as you explore mountains, volcanoes, and small villages.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Easy/Moderate/Challenging Guided Walking Tour with mountain guide

Madeira is an island of soaring peaks and rugged valleys, but there are plenty of easier hikes throughout the challenging terrain—if you know where to look. On this walking tour, avoid problems with navigation, follow a guide along Madeira’s more gentle walking routes, and enjoy sweeping views over the open countryside. With pickup and drop-off at your Caniço or Funchal accommodation, reaching the open wilderness is easy.
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
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Pico Do Arieiro & Nun's Valley in Open Roof 4x4Jeep Tour

This is a fantastic choice for those who’d like to experience the natural beauty of Madeira. Take the stress out of organizing transport, by having round-trip transport included. You’ll travel in an open roof 4WD, so you’ll get great views of the island, and stop off at lots of scenic viewpoints such as Nun’s Valley, and Pico do Arieiro. Drive past many of the island’s highlights such as Ribeiro Frio, and have a chance to stop off for refreshments at a Madeiran restaurant.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Spectacular Land and Sea Pack Jeep East Tour and Dolphins Watching

This guided tour of Madeira is a great way to save time, and see multiple sites in one day. After a hotel pickup, you’ll travel by jeep to the heights of Nun’s Valley. Get access to beautiful panoramic views at Pico do Arieiro, which would be difficult to reach without a jeep. You’ll make the most of your trip by seeing Madeira from the water, and going on a dolphin and whale watching tour too.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$79.05 USD
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Sunrise Tour

This is a special tour indeed. ​Ideal for adventurous families, couples and photographers​There is a certain feeling about being up before everybody else, experiencing the marvels of nature uninterupted and in all its glory​Our number 1 sunrise spot is Pico do Areiro, the third highest peak of the island.Very often we are above the clouds and the colours are absolutely extraordinary, truly a once in a lifetime moment!​Of course we cannot always guarantee the perfect weather conditions for the perfect sunrise so we have back up spots such as;Pico do facho, Ponta Sao Lourenço, Guindaste Viewpoint and one or two secret spots, each with their own unique characteristics.​This is a real adventure!
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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 MAGNIFICENT EAST TOUR

Departure from the hotel at 9:00 am towards the parish of Camacha to observe the wicker factory and all its process. Afterwards, climb to Pico do Areeiro at 1818m, where you can observe the beautiful mountains and surrounding valleys and even the parish of Curral das nuntas, deep in one of the great valleys. Descent to Ribeiro Frio, where there is a nursery of trout that later are dropped in the brook.A visit to the center of Santana is followed to observe the typical triangular houses with thatched roof, followed by another stop in Faial. Returning to Funchal, you will have two more stops, at the belvedere of Ponta de São Lourenço and Machico.Return to the hotel by 5:00 p.m.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Sunset And Funchal Lights Tour

Yet another very special tour!​Our number one spot, just as the sunrise tour, is Pico do Areiro, the third highest peak on the island.​This is a fantastic opportunity to explore the high peak without the big crowds of the morning and early afternoon tour groups.​The peak comes alive at dawn.The colours are something of a dream and even the air is different. Watching the sun set above the clouds is a truly unique experience!​There are plan b´s for bad weather, thankfully we have been graced with many epic sunset spots in Madeira.​On our way back down into the city we will also be stopping at a viewpoint to see Funchal by night, with all the lights and the moon shining on the ocean. ​A very romantic and quiet tour, a must do for all photographers!
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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