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Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras)

Address: Portugal
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoors
Owner description: The "Nuns Valley" is a small village situated in the crater of an extinct volcano, which has kept...
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Type: Geologic Formations, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoors
Owner description: 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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Kent, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

We decided to visit for a few hours, taking bus route 81 from the terminal near the Monte cable car station on the centre of Funchal. It takes about an hour each way, the fare is €3.35 each way and buses leave several times a day, we took the 12:30 bus but exact times can vary. The views are amazing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We were lucky. Although the tops of the mountains had varying cloud we had brilliant views from Eira do Serrado with the changing cloud producing a constant variation of shadows in the valley below. At times there was a rainbow crossing the valley which looked like a bridge between the two sides. I kept taking photos because every time I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

You can view the Nun's Valley from Eira do Serrado (over 3500 feet) - take an organised trip or a taxi. The views are very dramatic but it depends totally on the weather - we were unlucky and were in the clouds. You can then go down into the Nun's Valley by coach or taxi. Well worth the trip -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Pretty village with also a lovely little church. You can test chestnut liquers here and also have a lovely coffee with lovely views over the valley from the little cafes perched above the valley. Well worth the visit although the roads are a bit scary!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

Unfortunately in the day Wei went there was some light rain, which although dampened the the tour at some stages, didn't totally obscure what is stunning mountainous countryside. It was hard to imagine what it must have been like to live in some of these villages, prior to the tunnels being excavated, and to have to escape marauding armies from... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

WOW!!! After a pleasant drive from Funchal through the winding roads towards the Nuns Valley in the centre of the island , you eventually come to a long tunnel, turn left at the tunnel entrance up to the viewpoint. There is a hotel at the top and when you take the path around the hotel you come to the most... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

If your into hiking and seeing high mountains than this place is perfect for you, I visited due to being back in madeira after 13 years, didn't want to go there but had family to see, still a very beautiful quite place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This was our first walk in Madeira. We were totally spoilt as the views were fantastic and we were provided with a rainbow too! Access to Eira do Serarado is by bus or car and, there is a restaurant and souvenir shop and a miradouro to be walked before you begin the 400m descent along the ancient cobbled trail to... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We took a trip into the valley and then to the viewpoint. While I don't think the village itself is anything special, it gives you a better feel for your surroundings. Apparently, most trips do the viewpoint first and then go down into the valley. I suggest doing it the other way around. The view at the top is incredible,... More 

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Stunning views and not that hard to get to, but not really that much else to do apart from tourist shops

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