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Funchal: Sunrise Hike from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

1. Funchal: Sunrise Hike from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

Hike at your own rhythm on a self-guided trek in Madeira with pick-up and dropoff at your accommodation. Explore Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo, for the sunrise or a later morning schedule. View unique landscapes between Madeira's highest mountains (up to 1862 m). Get picked up at your accommodation with a shared transfer (up to 8 guests per van) and head to the 2nd highest mountain, Pico do Arieiro. Get instructions and map explanations from your host along with a schedule. Hike for 5 hours from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo and then Achada do Teixeira (10 km). Be picked up after the hike at Achada do Teixeira in the parking lot. Hike information: • Duration: 5 hours • Extension: 10 km • Starting point: Pico do Arieiro (1818 m) • Ending point: Achada do Teixeira (1600 m) • Max elevation: 1862 m (Pico Ruivo) • Min elevation: 1548 m Transfer information: • Capacity: 8 people • From the city to Pico do Arieiro: average 1.5 hour • From Achada do Teixeira to the city: average 1.5 hour • Pick-up/Dropoff limits: Funchal, central area of Camara de Lobos, and Caniço areas

From Funchal: Sunrise at Pico do Arieiro with Breakfast

2. From Funchal: Sunrise at Pico do Arieiro with Breakfast

After pickup, travel to Pico do Arieiro where you will enjoy the sunrise. This is the highest viewpoint of the island at 1818 meters of altitude. See the sunrise while enjoying a hot cup of coffee or tea. Enjoy a buffet-style breakfast of sandwiches, homemade cake, biscuits, water, orange juice, fruit jam, cheese, and ham. Then, travel back to Camacha and go for a lovely walk in the Paradise Valley area. Admire the views of some endemic trees from the Laurissilva forest. Then, head back to the city center with drop-off at your hotel or at a central point.

Sunrise & SelfGuided Hike from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

3. Sunrise & SelfGuided Hike from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

Welcome to our Mountain Sunrise Shuttle Service, where you can experience the beauty of a mountain sunrise and hike at your own pace. If you're someone who loves to witness the first light of the day and embark on a breathtaking hike, then this is the ideal service for you. Our shuttle service begins bright and early, with pickups starting from 6 a.m. We'll pick you up from your location and transfer you to Pico do Areeiro. After enjoying the awe-inspiring sunrise, we'll arrange a pickup at the other end, allowing you to hike at your own pace. You'll start your hike from Pico do Areeiro to Pico Ruivo carkpark at Achada da Taxeira. Once you've completed your hike, our shuttle will be waiting to transport you back to Funchal, ensuring a comfortable and convenient return journey. Join our Mountain Sunrise Shuttle Service and let us take care of the logistics while you focus on enjoying the majestic sunrise and the freedom of hiking at your own pace.

Madeira: Pico Ruivo Guided Sunrise Hike with Hotel Pickup

4. Madeira: Pico Ruivo Guided Sunrise Hike with Hotel Pickup

Admire Madeira's starry night sky on a guided trek up to the jagged Pico Ruivo. Enjoy a warm cup of tea while you catch the first rays of sunlight from the island's highest point and relax with a transfer back to your accommodation at the end of your hike. Start your early-morning adventure with a convenient pickup directly from your accommodation. Then, drive for about 1 hour to Achada do Teixeira, where your trek begins. Take some time to admire the starry sky and gaze up at the Milky Way above before you begin the 260-meter climb up to Pico Ruivo. Reach the dramatic peak, the highest point on Madeira, in time to watch the first rays of sunlight illuminate the island below you. Sip on a cup of tea and refuel with a healthy granola bar while you soak in the magnificent views and take photos. Finally, begin your descent back to the car park where your hike began and enjoy a comfortable journey back to your accommodation to finish your tour.

Funchal or Caniço: Sunrise Transfer To Pico Do Arieiro

5. Funchal or Caniço: Sunrise Transfer To Pico Do Arieiro

Explore Madeira Island's highest mountain on paths that are only accessible by foot with this convenient car transfer from Pico Do Arieiro. Enjoy a convenient transfer in an air-conditioned minivan from Funchal or Canico to Pico Do Arieiro, with a pick-up in Pico Ruivo. Be picked up early in the morning from your accommodation in Funchal or Canico. Sit back and relax in a spacious minivan as you ride through the countryside to Pico Do Arieiro, the 3rd highest mountain on the Island. Hike to the top before sunrise and take in the myriad of colors that paint the sky. Take your time as you walk and set your own pace or join others in the group. It takes 4 and a half hours to complete the hike but it can take longer depending on the agility level of the group. Travel from Pico Do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo, the highest mountain on Madeira Island with 1862 meters of altitude.  Keep an eye out for vibrantly colored birds as you walk above the clouds. Pass thorugh tunnels and go up the famed Stairway to Heaven path. Continue on to Achada Do Teixeira where you can board the minivan for the ride back to your accommodation. 

Madeira : Sunrise Tour in Pico do Areeiro

6. Madeira : Sunrise Tour in Pico do Areeiro

There is no better way of starting the day than to experience the unique sunrise in Madeira… very invigorating! An event of this nature, only Pico do Areeiro can provide at it’s best. We start driving up to Areeiro, the 3rd highest peak of Madeira with 1818m of altitude. After the sunrise we go down in remote roads, in which we can appreciate Faial and Machico at its best.

Madeira : Walking Tour - Pico do Areiro/Pico Ruivo

7. Madeira : Walking Tour - Pico do Areiro/Pico Ruivo

With an amazing view, this hike connects two of the highest peaks of Madeira Island: Pico Ruivo (1862m) and Pico do Arieiro (1818m), hiking through the Central Mountain Massif area. This trail is very uneven therefore physically demanding. Among the climbs and descents along the trail, there is a steep climb over hundreds of steps carved into the rock as you reach Pico Ruivo, as well as a meticulous descent. This is an excellent trail for nature enthusiasts and for those who seek physical challenges. Recommendation: bring a hiking stick, appropriate footwear, water (2 litres) and an impermeable jacket.

Funchal: Sunrise with Breakfast+East & West Tour of Madeira

8. Funchal: Sunrise with Breakfast+East & West Tour of Madeira

Embark on a breathtaking 12-hour tour of Madeira Island, exploring both the east and west sides of the island in a single day. This comprehensive tour will give you an unforgettable experience of the natural beauty and unique culture of Madeira. Your day will start with a mesmerizing sunrise at Pico do Arieiro, the third highest peak on the island. As you witness the sky changing colors, you'll be treated to a delightful breakfast, fueling you for the day ahead. After soaking in the beauty of the sunrise, you'll head towards the east side of the island to the Viewpoint of Guindaste in Santana. Here, you'll experience the thrill of walking on a skywalk while taking in panoramic views of Madeira's eastern tip. Next, you'll have a 30-minute stop in Santana to admire the traditional thatched-roof houses, known as "Casas Típicas de Santana." These unique triangular homes have become an iconic symbol of Madeira's architectural heritage. Continuing your journey, you'll visit the ruins of Sao Jorge, where you'll have the opportunity to explore this historic site and learn about its fascinating history. As you make your way to the west side of the island, you'll enjoy a brief stop at Sao Vicente. This charming coastal village offers stunning views of Madeira's northwest coast, perfect for capturing memorable photographs. Your next destination is Porto Moniz, the lunch stop for the tour. Here, you'll have 1 hour and 30 minutes to enjoy a delicious meal and take a refreshing swim in the natural lava pools. Afterward, you'll visit the Lighthouse of Ponta do Pargo, admiring its impressive exterior and the surrounding coastal scenery. Your next stop will be Paul do Mar, a picturesque fishing village where you can appreciate the relaxed pace of life and the vibrant local culture. The tour then takes you to Cascata dos Anjos, a beautiful waterfall cascading into the ocean. In case the road is closed, you'll visit the equally stunning Ponta do Sol as an alternative. Finally, the tour concludes at Cabo Girão, one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe, offering awe-inspiring views of the island and the vast Atlantic Ocean. This unforgettable 12-hour tour provides an all-encompassing experience of Madeira Island, showcasing its diverse landscapes, rich culture, and remarkable natural beauty. Don't miss the opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime on this incredible island adventure.

Highest Peaks Madeira Sunrise 4x4 Tour

9. Highest Peaks Madeira Sunrise 4x4 Tour

Enjoy the beautiful Madeira Sunrise from the highest Madeira mountain peak, Pico Ruivo. At 1862 meters, (6,106 feet) high, it provides some of the most incredible views of the island from coast to coast. If the weather is clear, you'll have amazing views of the whole island by night. You'll be picked up at your hotel around 4:00 and taken to the north east of Madeira, Achada do Teixeira, at 1535 meters. Then your adventure begins, hiking around 1 hour to the highest Madeira peak with certified mountain guides. Once you reach the top, count down and wait for the beautiful colors of the sunrise. Guests are recommend to bring warm clothing for extremely cold conditions, and a rain coat (just in case). You'll head back for a sightseeing tour in an open-roof 4x4 vehicle, stopping at Santana city to look around and visit the traditional thatched houses and breakfast time. Continue the tour discovering other places hidden using the old / cobblestone roads. This will be one of the best tours in Madeira.   

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

10. 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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What people are saying about Madeira

This trip was a lovely way to bring in a new day. We were brought to a very scenic spot where we peacefully observed a magnificient sunrise which was followed by a delicious buffet breakfast with hot drinks. Our tour guide brought us to see the unique Levada landscapes and we got to walk a small portion where we could experience the distinctive flora and fauna and views! The guides were funny and extremely knowledgeable and added to our wonderful experience. We could not recommend this more and this tour company :)

I was picked up on time from the hotel, by pure chance the chauffeur was another fellow dane, which was a fun coincidence! The texts to prepare us before the trip were plenty and helpful, and the ride it sels to- and from was also nice, with good stories and even a scenic tour on the way home.

Breath taking views Exactly as you see in the picture. The guide was simply excellent. Breakfast on top was very well planned and stocked very nice... don't expect a sit down though. Be prepared for a very cold morning considering we're from Canada.

Very good communication by Elisabeth. Everything was clear. Driver was on time and very friendly. We were lucky with the weather. You’ll have plenty of time to sightsee during the walk.

Great timing when picking up. Excellent hike worth every drop of sweat. Very informative driver. If you could do only one hike in Madera this is the one.I totally recommend it.