Best time to go to Pico do Arieiro
Pico do Arieiro is famous for being the ‘best sunrise viewpoint in Madeira’, so obviously you want to check it out with sunrise! But take into account that there won’t be a sea of clouds every morning. You have to be a bit lucky to get the very best weather conditions at Pico do Arieiro, therefore you should take into account a few things.
Best season to visit Pico do Arieiro
Each season on Madeira has its own beauty. We lived for 6 months on Madeira and went many times to Pico do Arieiro. After the summer period you can expect the ground to be a bit orange brown. But after a few rainy weeks, the soil turns green and looks like a different landscape! During spring time the flowers start to bloom, creating again a different atmosphere. Chances of low hanging clouds is in every season, and you just have to be a bit lucky the get the perfect conditions. So a ‘best season’ to visit Pico do Arieiro is hard to say because every season has its own beauty!
Best time of the day to visit Pico do Arieiro
Both sunrise and sunset is a good time to visit Pico do Arieiro. But witnessing a sunrise at Pico do Arieiro above the clouds is something memorable. How the orange, red sun lights up the brown green landscape and white clouds is something so unique. You can eventually combine the hike to Pico Ruivo together with watching sunrise at Arieiro. So this would be a great half day adventure. But of course it depends on the weather circumstances if you will get the perfect conditions. With sunrise you can’t check the webcam upfront to see how the weather is, so it’s always a gamble. After so many visits with perfect outcome and complete fails, we said to each other for every time we were doubting: “You’ll only know when you go” haha!
The pro with sunset is that you can check the webcam before you go up there. In that way you can estimate your chances on having clouds or not. Or maybe Arieiro is completely covered in fog so you won’t see anything. But then at least you can ‘abort the mission’, because it’s a bit of a pity to drive all the way up and find out you’re IN the clouds instead of ABOVE the clouds.
Best type of weather to visit Pico do Arieiro (with low hanging clouds!)
Madeira has a micro climate. This means that all the small regions within the general climate zone have their own unique climatic conditions. They exist specifically on Madeira because of the varied landscapes such as hills, mountains and water. Therefore it can be warm and sunny with clear skies along the south coast, but cold and foggy in the mountains. This also means that it’s very difficult to predict when you’ll have the best conditions at Pico do Arieiro. You can check the webcam daily to follow the development of clouds at Pico do Arieiro or just go to the peak and hope for a good sunrise! We’ve heard from other photographers that they went up to Arieiro for 12 times in a week (sunrise and sunset), but still didn’t got the very best conditions…