Explore the most popular trails near Santana with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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the views are absolutely breathtaking. the path is well done and unmistakable. however it presents steep descent and ascent and very thin passages. mostly fenced and paved. i loved it. all of it. requires phisical preparatio

hiking
fee
26 days ago

Monter au petit matin pour profiter de la vue panoramique au sommet du picó ruivo et du levée du jour. Magique ! Prendre des vêtements chauds . Point d’eau à mi parcours

hiking
rocky
scramble
28 days ago

on Pico Ruivo

hiking
no shade
28 days ago

This is an incredible walk but more like 13km due to path closures. The views are breathtaking and, when the clouds are in, the feeling of walking on top of them is something to experience.

walking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail! The views were breathtaking, around every turn we thought “this couldn’t possibly get any better” and then it DID. The trail is in excellent condition, mostly stone pavers with numerous little huts with seating to rest or in case of a sudden weather change. The end of the trail is the peak of the tallest mountain on the island and you can see the deserted islands, the golden islands and all the rock outcroppings of Madeira. I would do this trail again and again. Make sure you conserve you energy though because the last 0.3km was absolutely the hardest (and I suspect it’s why it’s rated as moderate instead of easy). I wore my 1 year old and held my 4 year olds hand, my 6 and 8 year olds had no problems (adding this detail because I have read on numerous other forums advising NOT to bring children under 7 and that’s just crazy).

Wounderful hike, a must if you visit Madeira.

hiking
3 months ago

What a trip! we took this trail in mid-November and it was a real treat. Incredible view after incredible view. Unfortunately it was foggy when we got to the top and it never cleared but the views on the way up were absolutely breathtaking. We did the hike in around 4 hours total (stopped to take in the views and get some pics frequently). Most of the trail is moderate, but pace yourself. You'll need a good bit of energy to finish out. Also, 1,862 meters may not sound like much, but when you live 150 meters above sea level, you notice the lack of oxygen. Great trail, great hike, absolutely would do it again.

this hike was incredible!! overall long hike mixed with a pretty intense elevation gain made it pretty difficult. the final climb on the way back to pico airieiro was tough. Views are absolutely stunning, best to start on a clear day and get there for sunset. lots of toilet paper and poops along the way.. not sure why so many people had to crap over the 6km stretch between ruvio and airieiro but perhaps too much poncha.

hiking
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

We hiked this trail at sunrise (started at 6:45am), with quite hard conditions: powerful wind and limited visibility due to the clouds. The conditions made it more challenging, but overall moderate trail, with challenging sections as you ascends the “Picos”. We finished the trail (return) in under 4hours and took breaks every now and then, and photos when we could. Waterproof Windbreaker jacket strongly recommended in this conditions. However, don’t get discouraged by by bad weather, it’s still a great trail to do!

on Pico Ruivo

hiking
4 months ago

Fun trail. I would rate it easy to moderate. Slightly windy of course but an amazing variety of views.

Loved the trails. Loved the views. Put please people, if you're going to take toilet paper, please please take a plastic bag and take the toilet paper with you again. The amount of toilet paper on the trail is pretty disgusting and takes away from this magnificent hike.

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

hiking
scramble
4 months ago

Une randonnée que nous avons trouvé bien difficile à l’aller ! Nous n’avons donc pas fait le retour à pied, mais nous avons appelé un taxi (comme d’autres!) pour faire le retour en voiture (compter 10km de marche pas simple (escaliers, dénivelés, tunnel,), mais par contre une heure de taxi pour retourner au parking! Compter environ 60€) Nous avons jouer de mal chance pour cette randonnée, le temps n’était pas de la partie, nous étions dans les nuages, mais le peu d’éclaircies qu’on a eu nous ont laissées entrevoir un paysage sans pareil, des vues magnifiques ! Bonne Condition physique nécessaire pour cette randonnée ! Mais cela vaut vraiment le coup!

Great views all the way - relatively easy walk for the most part but there are some very steep sections and parts with a lot of steps. Would recommend for people of moderate fitness and above. Weather at the top can be cloudy/misty so be sure to bring extra layers. There is a small house just before the Pico Ruivo summit that sells food & drink & has toilets. Some of the trail had been damaged by rockfalls so be aware that there are some slightly more precarious parts & steep drops - relevant for those with heights issues/vertigo.

Amazing!!! Incredible views. Trail in very good condition.

Pico do Ruivo - Pico do Arieiro

Amazing views and scenery thoughout the walk. It is misclassified as a difficult hike. It is a moderately easy walk with some stairs. I only rated it as a 4 because I think that the paved path and man-made buildings take away from the incredible natural beauty. But stunning beauty throughout!

hiking
5 months ago

Nice easy walk for everyone. Great views.

hiking
5 months ago

I absolutely loved this hike! I think it was more easy than moderate but it's a relative opinion. do the hike! It's worth every step.

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

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