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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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Well worth a trip there, stunning scenery on route. Good time to go in October when they hold the chestnut festival there. Lots of hot chestnut stalls and all sorts of cakes etc... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
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Luton, United Kingdom

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Luton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Well worth a trip there, stunning scenery on route. Good time to go in October when they hold the chestnut festival there. Lots of hot chestnut stalls and all sorts of cakes etc made from chestnuts as well as live music

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

With only 6 hours in port on a cruise I wanted to see as much of Madeira as was possible. This attraction tucked all the boxes. Arriving in the port I could see ghe craggy mountain tops and thought that the valley of the nuns would be further inland, however we were soon winding our way up the mountain on... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The best part of this is the View of the valley from the walkway at the hotel & tourist stop at the Top of the Hill before you go down into the valley.Wonderful on a good clear day.The little Town is OK, but quite small tourist area with shops/cafe's been nothing special. We took a half day 4 hour Minibus... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Beautiful spot for a picnic, lovely views with a bbq area. Can book a trip via jeep or bus to get here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Firstly you have to walk both ways! We parked at the top and walked down, had a drink in the village below and then walked back. The village at the bottom is worth a look around and has a nice church and museum nearby. Locals were friendly and there are several cafe's and small shops. Look out for the hut... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We took a tour here with our 5 month old baby. It's a heart-stopping plummet down whilst driving around narrow roads up the Valley - but lovely nature and totally worth it! You end up by being 1 kilometre up in the clouds. Would do this again, for the pictures alone!

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Lanark, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

My wife and I hired a car for 4 days and after doing some walking around the pathways at Pico Do Areeiro we drove the new road that connects with Eira Do Serrado, overlooking the Nuns valley. We had planned on walking down the path to the village at Curral das Freiras and took approx an hour, stopping to take... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

A must to bring a camera,and better still to video the area. Walk to the top of summit to get the best views.

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Zagreb, Croatia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We rented a car and went by ourselves. We had some troubles finding the valley and lost significant time but eventually we succeeded. It's simply beautiful, you can walk and admire for hours. There are a few restaurants/coffee shops which I found very expensive. I have somewhere read that locals from the valley are money hungry and I must say... More 

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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Fantastic views from above the little town of Curral das Freiras and when you drive into it and look back at where you were above, it also offers great views. Very welcoming in the restaurants and offer wine tasting in the hope you will buy!

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