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Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras)

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Description: The "Nuns Valley" is a small village situated in the crater of an extinct...
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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Stunning Views

This is well worth a trip as the views are stunning! The drive there is a bit hairy though!! But it is worth it when you arrive and see the views.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Arbroath, United Kingdom
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Arbroath, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is well worth a trip as the views are stunning! The drive there is a bit hairy though!! But it is worth it when you arrive and see the views.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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92 reviews 92 reviews
27 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We went to the Nun's Valley on a half day trip from Funchal by private taxi. The drive was breathtaking and because we were travelling by car even though the road are very steep and winding it was a very pleasant drive. My husband is a nervous passenger especially where there are deep drops but he enjoyed the journey.It was... More 

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White Plains, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

It needs a long drive on winding roads up to the top, but it's still worth of it. The weather was not nice on my visit. But we could get the spectacular views from the walk. It was one of the highlights of our visit to Madeira. I would recommend to bring some outerwear against the wind (cold in November)... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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138 reviews 138 reviews
38 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Speechless - the road to the Valley of the Nuns is awesomely spectacular, how did they ever travel that route before a road was built...? The road in itself is an engineering wonder combined with grit and determination to get the task done. Much of the old road remains and where it was washed away in recent years tunnels through... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Great view from outdoor restaurant at the top of mountain overlooking Valley-delicious black scabbard sandwich with Madeira wine, beer and/or local drink. Had a great tour guide, Grace. History and views were breathtaking.

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BIRMINGHAM
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50 reviews 50 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The valley is very impressive, the view points are amazing. Be aware when you purchase drinks or goods, to check the amount you need to pay and not what they ask for.

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Mansfield
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

15 or so km drive from the expressway is hardly a long drive? The road has reasonable width most of the way. Although it can be tight if you meet a bus or lorry. It has the usual hair pin bends met the mountains. By madeirian standards not too bad a road. When you come to the square above the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We considered the usual guided trips to the viewpoints etc, but as viewpoints tend to look pretty much the same after a while, we opted for the adventure option. We actually drove down deep into the very bottom of the crater stopping at various places to get real flavour of the place. Along the way we got passed by a... More 

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We walked from Erro de Serrado hotel down to the valley and back. The views are very nice but when you start to drive back down, stop your car at one of the miradours and look at the views down the valley, amazing. The food and drink at the Erro de Serrado café were nice and well priced.

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Skipton, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

We went to the Nun's Valley on a half day trip from Funchal. Make sure if you want to make the most of the views to ensure your trip includes a stop at the viewpoint at Eira do Serrado (complete with hotel, cafe and shop) at the top of the valley. The cafe has terraces overlooking the valley so you... More 

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