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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Drammen, Buskerud, Norway
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Drammen, Buskerud, Norway
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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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21 helpful votes 21 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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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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57 reviews 57 reviews
6 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

This is definitely worth a visit. The views are simply amazing, quite simply they take your breath away. Although it was quite warm at the cafe it can get a little cooler when you climb up to the viewing platform. We visited around 3pm, the mist covered the top of the mountains which just added to the view.

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Excellent tour organised by Funtours madeira. Travelled with 6 other tourists in a small van ,driven by the driver cum tourist guide. Journey across very steep hair-pin bends and wonderful view from the top of the resort. Visited the Xmas grotto too, which was very colourful with the dolls depicting all the Nativity scene.I enjoyed the Xmas grotto very much,... More 

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United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Don't miss out on a trip to Nun's Valley. The views are spectacular from the rim of the extinct volcano.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I don't think this place is as spectacular as many have described it, but we did go straight after Cabo Girao which may have dampened it down for us. However the views are great and it's worth a trip - probably half an hour from Funchal by car. The best view by far is from Eira do Serrado which you... More 

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Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We visited on Christmas Eve by bus. An eventful journey due to the fact that a local passenger appeared to have a heart attack at the highest part of the journey. Luckily with the use of a mobile phone and the bus moving to pick up a signal an ambulance was summoned and the gentleman was taken to hospital. At... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Take a drive from Funchal to Curral Das Freiras but be sure to save your breath to expel on the frequently mesmerising and unbelievably outstanding scenery you will experience on the way up to the 1100 metres high plateau. There are two aspects to consider both as unimaginable as the other. As you travel up and towards the apex you... More 

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