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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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Skip the chestnut products, just admire the valley!

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... read more

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

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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

After a hairy trip along a winding cliff road you stop at the view point looking over the valley its like a painting its simply breathtaking. Then down through the new tunnel to the village at the bottom and stop for a drink and wander. This is a beautiful setting and one can only imagine what it must of been... More 

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allspice50
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Curral das Freiras also known as the “Nun’s Valley” is in the centre of Madeira. In 1566 the nuns from the Santa Clara convent fled from pirates attacking Funchal and found seclusion here. A narrow winding mountain road through eucalyptus forest leads to the Eira do Serrado hotel and gift shop. From this vantage point you will see the small... More 

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Rochford, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Despite a very uncommunicative tour guide who hardly spoke at all this was a very worthwhile trip. The views from the top of the valley and again from the village at the bottom are fantastic. The church in the village is also well worth a visit.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

The Island is amazing and getting around is mostly anyhow very pretty and full of discovery. Curral das Freiras is nice but so are many other places around. The national parks are a treat, the views on many places a must and the endless possibilities of walks very beautiful. We had no idea that this Island is such a nice... More 

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Malmo, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

There are some wonderful walks on this island and I can't disagree with this being worth trying at least once. However, there are at least a dozen better excursions to make. Our version of it is a bus from Funchal to Eira do Serrado and then down, down, down along the path to Curral das Freiras. We made the walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We have just returned from 2 weeks holiday to maderia ! We have visited maderia now for a few years . but never done this tour , was well worth the 13 Euros for the half day tour you can do morning or afternoon ! We did the morning what a beautiful p!ace the views was fantastic! Would highly recommend... More 

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We took the bus from the bus station in Funchal to the top of the walk sown into the Nuns valley. It is stepped all the way. The views were amazing. Glad we did this walk the day before we left as our knees did suffer

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Arbroath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is well worth a trip as the views are stunning! The drive there is a bit hairy though!! But it is worth it when you arrive and see the views.

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Address: Portugal
Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Madeira Islands

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