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Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras)

Portugal
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Ranked #13 of 109 attractions in Madeira Islands
Type: Geologic Formations, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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... more » 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. « less
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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75 reviews 75 reviews
36 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I started at the viewpoint high on the mountain, with view in the valley and on the village. Then a walk down, for more than 500 meters. The views where fantastic. The walk is easy to do, so every one can do it. Down in the village a had a nice lunch with local products (meat with chessnuts) and a... More

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Budapest, Hungary
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Perfect half day trip from Funchal. The road leads to this tiny village has breathtaking panorama. It was a great decision arriving in the morning to the village under shadow of the surrounding mountain and watching sunrise. People are really nice there, we were invited to taste local Bolo de Mel honey cake, chestnut liqueur and poncha. There are some... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Fantastic half day trip in a mini bus to Nuns Valley for 10 Euros. They take you first to one of the highest view points in Madeira a breathtaking view over all Madeira. Then they take you to another higher point overlooking the Nuns Valley where you can get either a coffee or some gifts. The next part of the... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

An spectacular place. It was very beatiful and it was amazing to think what it must have been like for the first people who struggled to get there and settle.

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Sheringham, Norfolk, UK
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

To start the trip entails a hair-raising bus ride from Funchal - the road hairpins its way to some 1300m.. A bus driver(or indeed any driver) would only run out of road once, but we had total confidence in the man at the wheel. We took the bus to the view point at the lip of the caldera and walked... More

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
45 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

A truly peaceful and restful place to visit, the restaurant in the central serves many traditional meals and has good service. But take the time to travel up to the view point over the village for spectacular views. On the was down from the view point you will then find the new road to Los Picos de Arriero, only opened... More

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Hertfordshire
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183 reviews 183 reviews
71 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

I have rated this Average because, in good weather & if you are super-fit, you'd probably be thrilled with the experience & rate it Excellent. If you are not fit (like us) & the weather is awful, you'd want to rate it Terrible. I'd read all the TripAdvisor warnings & we intended to take the local bus to Curral das... More

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Liverpool
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Never mind what the guide books say, the path from Eia do Serrado to Curral das Freiras is fit only for mountain goats and, possibly, native Madeirans. We got about a third of the way down, with the path getting narrower and narrower and more and more slippery all the time, while the drop to one side just got more... More

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Tampere, Finland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

We took the lazy route by driving to the parking lot and walking a few hundred meters to the top. The view from the top was beautiful. You can see the village below and mountains around you while the clouds dance above the mountain tops (and occassionally flow over the viewing point, too). Our old (2005) guide book informed about... More

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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

We went on a cloudy day but i could tell this was an interesting place to visit. The drive alone to get to Nun 's Valley is an adventure in itself. We tried the delicious chestnut bread. Would have loved to try chestnuts roasted but it was not the right time of the year.

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