Pico do Arieiro at Sunrise
With height of 1818 meters, Pico do Arieiro is 3rd highest peak on Madeira island. The fact there is car parking just about 20 meters from the peak makes it easily accessible by car or taxi during sunrise or sunset. And it’s really worth to shoot from there as when you are lucky you can have clear views all the way to the sea level.
From Pico do Arieiro you can take a trail towards highest peak of the island – Pico do Ruivo. It’s a few kilometers long hike along mountain ridge offering some fantastic views along the way. I just did short part of this trail (which is arguably most beautiful) as I had other hikes planned for that day.
I got to Pico do Arieiro about half an hour before sunrise to take some blue hour shots. Unfortunately there were some clouds blocking the view slightly but I still managed to take some interesting photos. In the photo below you can see one of the peaks on the way to Pico do Ruivo. Blue haze in the background works very nicely with soft light on the rocks in front.
On Location Photography Tips
- Don’t spend too much time on the Pico do Arieiro peak itself. There is huge NATO radar there blocking the view so it’s better to go a few dozens meters towards Pico do Ruivo. Beginning of this trail is really beautiful and offers some amazing unobstructed views. One of which you can see in the photo below.
- This place is fantastic for shooting sunrise photos and it’s easily accessible.
- Have a steady tripod with you – it can get really windy there.