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Pico do Arieiro

Pico do Arieiro is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.818m (5,965ft) above the sea level, located in Madeira, a Portuguese archipelago in the north Atlantic Ocean. At this elevation is the highest peak to be reached by a road in the country.

There is an easy asphalted road access to the summit, very steep and with some tunnels, with a large car park, a restaurant, souvenir shop and an Air Defence Radar Station built in 2011 at the top of the mountain near the tourist facilities. The footpath northwards towards Pico Ruivo is an important tourist attraction, with a daily average of 1000 tourists trekking on it. 

There are 2 routes to reach this pass. Starting from Funchal, the ascent is 19.6 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.813 meters. The average percentage is 9.3 %. And starting from Machico, the ascent is 25.8 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.818 meters. The average percentage is 7 %. On the way to Pico do Arieiro one can admire a unique stone-built pit (looks like a huge igloo) known as “Poço da Neve” built by an English family who once used to store ice, snow and hail from the mountains. Pico do Arieiro has a Restaurant and a souvenir shop and is one of the most visited peaks on the island, due to its easy access, extraordinary views and well known nature paths to Pico das Torres and Pico Ruivo. 

 

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