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Juncal Viewpoint In Madeira – A Complete Guide

Situated on Madeira’s third highest peak, Juncal viewpoint (Miradouro do Juncal) is the best sunrise spot in Madeira. Here’s a complete guide.

How To Get To Juncal Viewpoint

Pico do Arieiro is part of the dramatic mountain scenery of the interior of Madeira and not far from the capital city of Funchal.

Car

From Funchal, you can drive the 19km (12 miles) to the main viewpoint at Pico do Arieiro. Take the ER103 from Funchal and Pico do Arieiro will be signposted.

This will take approximately 30-40 minutes and you will wind your way through the beautiful Ribeiro Frio Park on the way.

You will find free parking at the main Pico do Arieiro viewpoint and the Juncal viewpoint is only a 2 minute walk from here.

Tour

There is no public transport to get to this destination, so if you have not got a car you could get a taxi, especially if there is a group of you which would keep the cost down, or join one of the tours.

There are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

One of the more reasonably priced day tours, that takes in Pico Do Arieiro, is Madeira: Best of the East Tour from Funchal.

Juncal Viewpoint Entrance Fee

It is free to visit Juncal Viewpoint.

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People arriving at Pico do Arieiro at 6am.

Juncal Viewpoint Opening Times

Juncal Viewpoint is open all day, every day.

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Colours just starting to appear.

Best Time To Visit Juncal Viewpoint

It’s one of the best viewpoints in Madeira. So as with any popular tourist attraction it can get quite busy, therefore early or late in the day are usually the less crowded times. (Apart from sunrise!)

Madeira is a year round destination with its sub-tropical climate. However, this viewpoint will definitely be busier during the summer months when more tourists visit the island.

It can get very hot in the afternoon in the summer months and there is no shade in this area so be prepared.

Equally, early mornings during the winter months at Juncal viewpoint, at over 1800m, will be pretty chilly so dress appropriately.

I would definitely recommend trying to get to Juncal viewpoint for sunrise as this is when the lighting and scenery is at its most breathtaking.

Sunrise is not until about 7.30am in the summer, so adding this to your Madeira itinerary is really is doable!

Make sure you don’t forget your camera as you could get some really unique photos from above the clouds.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

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Juncal Viewpoint is a 5 minute walk from the car park.
Juncal Viewpoint Pico do Arieiro Sunrise Madeira
The team in the distance at Juncal Viewpoint.

What To Expect At Juncal Viewpoint In Madeira

Juncal Viewpoint At Sunrise

Views from the main viewpoint are amazing but I would definitely recommend taking the short walk to the Juncal viewpoint as they are even better from here!

On a clear day, from Juncal viewpoint (Miradouro do Juncal) you will have stunning panoramic views across the island’s central mountain range with its jagged peaks and lush green valleys as well as views of the ocean to both sides.

Also, this viewpoint is famous as being the best sunrise spot in Madeira. So much so that, if the weather is good, many tourists will flock here to stand above a blanket of clouds to watch the first rays of sunlight come up on the horizon.

Visiting Juncal viewpoint at Pico Do Arieiro was definitely one of my favourite things to do in Madeira.

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Here comes sunrise.
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We opted to head left, a little away from the tourists.
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Selfie with the sunrise.
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Getting in position for some awesome photos.
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Moments of silence above the clouds.
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One of the best sunrises of my life.
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Time to sit down and enjoy it.
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Drones capturing the incredible landscape.
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Rocky cliff tops in the distance.
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People arriving with duvets as it was so cold.
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Many people had the same idea.

The Main Viewpoint At Pico Do Arieiro

Pico de Arieiro is the most accessible of Madeira’s mountain peaks as it has a road taking you up to the summit where parking and facilities are available.

Thus, along with the stunning views, this makes it one of the top tourist attractions in Madeira.

Once parked at the main Pico de Arieiro viewing area you will see the large dome of the observatory as well as a restaurant, souvenir shop and toilet facilities.

There are steps up to the main viewpoint and also a stairlift for those unable to climb these stairs.

In addition, this is also the starting point for one of the hikes to the island’s highest point of Pico Ruivo at 1,862 metres.

Make sure to add this to your .

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The main entrance sign to Pico do Arieiro.
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Hayley taking in the views.
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Ridiculous edges at Pico do Arieiro.
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A trail leading to one of the Pico do Arieiro hikes.
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Pico do Arieiro visitor centre.

Where To Stay In Madrid

Luxury

The Vine Hotel

Recently awarded as Europe’s Leading Design Hotel, the luxurious Vine Hotel is located in Funchal.

It offers a fusion restaurant with stunning views, a Wine Therapy Spa, access to the fitness centre and a rooftop infinity pool.

Each room features an LCD TV with in-room movies, free WiFi and a laptop-size safe.

The roof terrace sports a heated infinity pool, massage facilities as well as a 20 yard hot tub, with views of Fort São João and the mountains.

Mid-Budget

Hotel Baia Azul

The newly renovated 4-star Hotel Baía Azul is ideally situated a 4-minute walk from Funchal’s beachfront.

It offers 3 swimming pools, 3 restaurants, a Spa and a sun deck overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the gardens.

The hotel has a total of 215 bedrooms with sea-inspired decor. All rooms come with an en suite bathroom, bath amenities and a hairdryer.

Not only that, but a flat-screen cable TV, a minibar, a kettle and a safe deposit box too.

Free WiFi access is provided in all rooms and common areas.

Budget

Funchal Apartments – City View

Funchal Apartments – City View is venue is set in Se district, around a 10 minute walk from Funchal center, and features a terrace with the cathedral view.

The property includes free WiFi, plus express check-in and check-out.

There is also a shared kitchen, ATM and currency exchange for guests.

All rooms include a wardrobe, a desk and a shared bathroom.

For more places to stay in Madeira, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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