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Valley of the Nuns

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Address: Eira do Serrado, Camara De Lobos, Madeira, Portugal
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The "Nuns Valley" is a small village situated in the crater of an...

The "Nuns Valley" is a small village situated in the crater of an extinct volcano, which has kept its 16th-century Santa Clara Convent where the nuns used to hide from pirates who were attacking Funchal.

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Better to have the down view

This is a short and nice trip. Just take a taxi and let it bring you to the top station and then walk down to the valley. You ha the best view! The way is`nt so easy ( stones) and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Helsinki, Finland

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Helsinki, Finland
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39 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a short and nice trip. Just take a taxi and let it bring you to the top station and then walk down to the valley. You ha the best view! The way is`nt so easy ( stones) and better to have walking sticks. It takes good one hour. The destination is not so interesting, but order the same... More 

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Kirriemuir, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

After driving up a tortuous steep road, the views looking down into the valley from the hotel/café/shop area are breath-taking. I was told that taking the tunnel into the valley itself was not so worth while. Seems to be under-publicised - glad I didn't miss it.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although there isn't much in the valley itself the view approaching Eira do Serrado is just awesome. It's a tight twisty journey up and down but very much worth it. In the valley you can buy fresh roasted chestnuts and liquors of many varieties - the local Poncha which has a real kick, my favourite, cherry, but also chestnut, eucalyptus... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Local lore tells a story of nuns escaping pirates that retreated to this deep valley surrounding by high peaks alas, upon my visit, when asking about "them" I was told there was only one left, being... myself, as, the person elaborated pointing at a life size carton picture of a nun with a cut-out for one' face as one's picture... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the perfect spring day for our amazing trip from Funchal in the electric buggy car up the mountain, through the new mountain tunnel and down into the village where you have the choice of 3 restaurants to give you a free recharge while you explore the village and then have lunch. The church and graveyard are worth a... More 

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Borgholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic all the way down and up again! Never tire of beautiful views! Locals friendly (here also). Do not miss the turn up to the peak Eira do Serrado.

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Spikkestad, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our roadtrip around the island to Porto Moniz we stopped by a place, which for us, was unknown: Curral das Freiras. Because of earlier experience I touht I had seen it all. But, not this incredible valley, Se for your self. And read the rest for yourself.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a tourist bus trip to the valley of the nuns and it was totally worth it. The journey itself was quite exciting with it's narrow mountain roads, 2,5 km long tunnel and eucalyptus woods. We first climbed up to the Eira do Serrado where we were at hight of 1090 meters. Below us we could see the village... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't hesitate to drive there yourself if you have a hired car for the fantastic view from Eiro Do Serado either on the way there or on the way back. Look for the sign at the mouth of the tunnel, the last stretch of road before entering the village (a one way system ). The roasted chestnuts are large and... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoyed the steep walk downhill from EIRO DO SERRADO lookout point to the village CURRAL DAS FREIRAS but was surprised by the lack of old architecture in the village given it,s age.I suffered some vertigo looking down from EIRO DO SERRADO.

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