Climb to the highest point of the island of Madeira, taking the easier route. Beautiful mountain scenery and a superb 360° panorama at the top.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Park at Achada do Teixeira in the car park located at the end of the EN-101-5 road from Santana.
Yellow and Red markings (trail no. 1.2).
(S) From the car park (hike information on a sign), take the path that starts in a west-southwest direction. Gently climb and pass over the summit at around 1,700 m and then down again.
(1) At the junction with the trail No. 1.1, from the right, continue to the west. Head onto a ledge and climb up to reach the Poussada do Ruivo (shelter).
(2) Continue west for roughly another 250 m.
(3) Turn left (south) to climb in loops all the way to the summit.
(4) Return by the outbound route.
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 1.61 - alt. km 1.61 - Junction of trails PR1.2 and PR1.1
2 : km 2.24 - alt. km 2.24 - Poussada do Ruivo
3 : km 2.45 - alt. km 2.45 - Split in the path at the foot of Pico Ruivo
4 : km 2.69 - alt. km 2.69 - Pico Ruivo - Summit
D/A : km 5.38 - alt. km 5.38
The trail is laid out with paving stones and, in places, cable rails on the sides. Even so, bring good hiking boots.
Despite the latitude, the climate is changeable: I recommend bringing warm clothing and starting early to avoid the fog that can fall quickly.
Shelter at Poussada do Ruivo.
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From the top, there is a 360° view of the island of Madeira and the ocean.
On the way, the area where the high-altitude grasslands dominate, gives a pleasant mountain atmosphere.
Climb to the highest point of the island of Madeira, and by the road less travelled. A long and demanding hike in diverse environments. Beautiful viewpoints on the route and, at the top, a beautiful 360° view.
N.B. Due to the steep crags of Madeira, the displayed altitude difference is overestimated and, therefore, so is the estimate of the time. Expect the elevation to be more in the order of 1,200 m in both directions.
Madeira Island is filled with irrigation canals, the Levadas. This short hike takes you along the Levada do Norte, one of the most significant of the island, located in an elevated part of the island. You'll find stunning viewpoints along the way and go through a beautiful forest with various species.
N.B. The altitude displayed is most probably over estimated as the trail is relatively flat along the Levada following the contour line.
It runs along the three very different Levadas, all interconnected by sloping paths. The route covers a varied landscape, crossing over diverse vegetation, and with beautiful views of the waterfalls. A hike whose direction and length can be adjusted depending on wishes or circumstances.
N.B. The displayed altitude difference is higher than reality (and consequently so is the average time for completion). Expect more in the realm of 600 metres in altitude.
A hike at eastern end of Madeira in the only semi-desert environment of the island. Beautiful scenery on top of colourful cliffs, beautiful views of the sea and a way to escape.
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