Pico Ruivo from Achada de Teixeira

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.

Technical sheet
No. 4098710
A Santana walk posted on 05/05/15 by LB_Neil. Update : 15/07/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h35[?]
Distance Distance : 3.34mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1188ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1175ft
Highest point Highest point : 6060ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 5213ft
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Santana
Starting point Starting point : N 32.76495° / W 16.92069°
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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.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 5223ft
1 : mi 1 - alt. 5594ft - Junction of trails PR1.2 and PR1.1
2 : mi 1.39 - alt. 5696ft - Poussada do Ruivo
3 : mi 1.52 - alt. 5843ft - Split in the path at the foot of Pico Ruivo
4 : mi 1.67 - alt. 6060ft - Pico Ruivo - Summit
D/A : mi 3.34 - alt. 5223ft

Useful Information

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.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

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.

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