Central Mountain Massif
The central mountain range of Madeira Island is located at more than 1,400 meters of altitude and includes Pico Ruivo (1,862 meters) and Pico Areeiro (1,818 meters), as well as the Paúl da Serra plateau (classified as a special protection area).
The beauty of the deep valleys, the basalt dykes and the cliffs, with the sea and the clouds breaking through the rocks, are some of the highlights of a visit to this place. Sometimes, in winter, the landscape changes completely, when the snow falls on the highest peaks.
It is a Geological and Vegetable Altitude Reserve, with several species of endemic flora. It is also the only site identified for nesting one of the rarest seabirds, the endemic Zino’s Petrel (Pterodroma madeira).