Pico do Areeiro

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Pico do Areeiro
Pico-do-Arieiro-2013.JPG
View of Pico Do Areeiro from the west
Highest point
Elevation1,818 m (5,965 ft)[1]
Coordinates32°44′08″N 16°55′44″W / 32.73556°N 16.92889°W / 32.73556; -16.92889Coordinates: 32°44′08″N 16°55′44″W / 32.73556°N 16.92889°W / 32.73556; -16.92889
Geography
Pico do Areeiro is located in Madeira
Pico do Areeiro
Pico do Areeiro
Location of Pico do Arieiro in Madeira
LocationMadeira

Pico do Areeiro (often wrongly written as Pico do Arieiro), at 1,818 m (5,965 ft) high, is Madeira Island's third highest peak.[2] Most days, visitors can stand and look down on the clouds. The air is fresh and clear and the sun is very bright. On a clear day it is possible to see the neighbouring island of Porto Santo, 30 miles to the northeast.

The footpath northwards towards Pico Ruivo is an important tourist attraction, with a daily average of 1000 tourists trekking on it.

There is easy road access to the summit, with a large car park, a restaurant and souvenir shop. In 2011, an Air Defence Radar Station of the Portuguese Air Force was built at the top of the mountain near the tourist facilities.

View from the summit
Panoramic view from Pico do Arieiro. The footpath from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo can be seen in the centre of the picture.

Climate[edit]

Pico do Areeiro has a cool Mediterranean climate, surprisingly wet for this type of climate due to the extreme precipitation it gets, a big part of it from drizzle and fog.

Climate data for Pico do Areeiro, 1961-1990, 1,610 m (5,280 ft) altitude
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 8.1
(46.6)
8.4
(47.1)
9.0
(48.2)
9.0
(48.2)
11.4
(52.5)
14.4
(57.9)
18.5
(65.3)
18.8
(65.8)
16.1
(61.0)
13.2
(55.8)
10.4
(50.7)
8.5
(47.3)
12.1
(53.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) 5.5
(41.9)
5.6
(42.1)
6.2
(43.2)
6.1
(43.0)
8.2
(46.8)
11.0
(51.8)
14.6
(58.3)
14.8
(58.6)
12.8
(55.0)
10.3
(50.5)
7.8
(46.0)
6.0
(42.8)
9.1
(48.3)
Average low °C (°F) 2.9
(37.2)
2.8
(37.0)
3.4
(38.1)
3.2
(37.8)
5.0
(41.0)
7.6
(45.7)
10.7
(51.3)
10.8
(51.4)
9.5
(49.1)
7.4
(45.3)
5.2
(41.4)
3.5
(38.3)
6.0
(42.8)
Record low °C (°F) −3.0
(26.6)
−4.3
(24.3)
−4.3
(24.3)
−6.0
(21.2)
−0.9
(30.4)
1.0
(33.8)
2.4
(36.3)
4.3
(39.7)
3.3
(37.9)
0.0
(32.0)
−2.5
(27.5)
−3.0
(26.6)
−6.0
(21.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 437.0
(17.20)
371.6
(14.63)
302.4
(11.91)
211.3
(8.32)
116.6
(4.59)
69.8
(2.75)
13.2
(0.52)
33.5
(1.32)
169.7
(6.68)
306.8
(12.08)
448.9
(17.67)
447.0
(17.60)
2,927.8
(115.27)
Source: [3]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Pico do Arieiro at peakbagger.com
  2. ^ Madeira Geography Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Quintal, José Raimundo Gomes. "Estudo fitogeográfico dos jardins, parques e quintas do concelho do Funchal" (PDF). University of Lisbon. Retrieved 11 February 2021.

External links[edit]

Media related to Pico do Areeiro at Wikimedia Commons