The Pico Ruivo is with 1861m the highest mountain on Madeira. A well-developed hiking trail leads from the car park to the top of the mountain.
The way was quite exhausting, especially the last 500 meters.
After 2500 meters you reach the above shown house, approx. 500 meters before the summit (where it gets quite steeply). There you can also buy drinks and some snacks. There is no road or other easy way to get the goods to the house, so everything is carried up; respect!
From the summit, one can also see the Pico do Aieiro or branch off there a little below the summit and walk there for approximately 6 kilometres.