70 kilometres long, Madeira has a central mountain range running from east to west, which divides the island into two halves: north and south. Climb up to the highest peaks and discover an island of impressive gorges, deep valleys, grandiose mountains and imposing cliffs.
Feel closer to heaven by climbing to the top of Madeira’s highest peak - Pico Ruivo - with a height of 1862 metres. Enjoy the pleasure of looking down from here into the crater of a long-extinct volcano, which today is one of Madeira’s most famous attractions - Curral das Freiras; to reach this spot, all you have to do is walk up some beautiful footpaths flanked by shrubs of heather on either side. Pico das Torres, the island’s second highest peak at an altitude of 1851 metres, is frequently used by outdoor enthusiasts for activities such as rock-climbing and trekking, since it can only be reached by steep footpaths.
Pico do Areeiro, at an altitude of 1818 metres, is the most frequently visited peak, because you can drive up to it by car. If you have the chance, don’t miss a romantic sunset seen from this height. It’s truly magical!
Make sure to go to Cabo Girão, Europe’s highest promontory, 580 metres high, with a fantastic view over the sea. Drive up also to the plateau of Paúl da Serra, 1500 metres above sea level, where green is the predominant colour, interrupted by the contours of beautiful rock formations projecting into the sky like statues.