Pico do Arieiro, with an altitude of 1818 metres, is the third highest peak on the island (and the second highest with pedestrian access). Fortunately it can be reached by car. Views are spectacular up here, and when there is very good weather, it is even possible to see Porto Santo, the neighbouring island, which is situated 30 nautical miles to the north.
An excellently built path leads to Pico Ruivo, the highest peak, however do reckon with a two to three hour walk. During this walk, you will pass by Pico das Torres, the second highest of the island with 1851 m of altitude, which has no pedestrian access and is great for climbing.
All major peaks are accessible from Pico do Arieiro and during the winter snowfalls locals arrive here in their hundreds to delight in the white snow and drive back to Funchal with a snowman on the car bonnet.