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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
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BIRMINGHAM
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50 reviews 50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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London
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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87 reviews 87 reviews
44 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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Essex
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78 reviews 78 reviews
24 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We took a taxi for our trip, better than a hire car because the driver needs to concentrate on the steep, narrow, winding road. Our driver took us on a new stretch of road at the other side of the valley from the normal route where there is a newly constructed viewpoint with stunning views of the mountains down to... More 

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Drammen, Buskerud, Norway
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Downhill Valley of the nons. Been walking this trip 4 times. Great Walk and spectacular view of the Mountains and the Nature. I was here 3 february 2014. small Nice village at the bottom of the trip. Worth walking 1 hour 15 min. Pictures on my instagram: maritpearl

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

taking the advice of a tour operator, we avoided the local bus and rented a car... Very glad it was a micro! What a road! But we made it safely and it was well worth it. The view from the viewpoint was amazing, and the view from the village itself spectacular! We had tea and cake at the tea shop... More 

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New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We took a bus up the very windy road to the top of this mountain, it was a great trip. We stopped at a restaurant/shop where you could also walk up to see the spectacular views of this valley. Very beautiful.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
7 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The views a remarkable- a hidden valley. but if you suffer from vertigo or are a poor traveller on windy roads perhaps not for you. A half day tour- we preferred it to the whole day western island tour though that was worth it for the Atlantic seas at Montiz

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