The Ninho da Manta viewpoint is located a few metres from the start of Vereda do Areeiro (PR1), one of the most iconic hiking trails in Madeira.
It's a must-stop both for hikers, setting off from here towards Madeira's highest peak, and for visitors to Pico do Areeiro.
This viewpoint is located next to Pousada do Pico do Areeiro, so-called because it is the place where the bird of prey known as buzzard (Buteo buteo) nested.
From this point it is possible to see São Roque do Faial and the valley of Fajã da Nogueira, the chosen nesting place of the manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinus).
Similarly, from the Ninho da Manta viewpoint visitors can enjoy a substantial part of Madeira's central mountain range. The landscape is dominated by rock formations, which often rise above the clouds.
This is also the nesting place of the endemic Zino's petrel (Pterodroma madeira), considered the most endangered seabird in Europe.
After these moments of contemplation at the Ninho da Manta viewpoint, take the chance to discover the trail that links Pico do Areeiro (1818 m) to Pico das Torres (1851 m), ending at Pico Ruivo (1862 m)
The Ninho da Manta viewpoint is located a few metres from the beginning of Vereda do Areeiro (PR 1), offering visitors a breathtaking view over Madeira's Central Mountain Range.