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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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Unfortunately this wonderful restaurant , located in the village of fun but I did not visit last night . Rural atmosphere of family fun and unique content of bread and goat meat... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Unfortunately this wonderful restaurant , located in the village of fun but I did not visit last night . Rural atmosphere of family fun and unique content of bread and goat meat is wonderful wild natural flavor as they have raw mountain goats and domestic cheese bread . The right to outweighing restaurant never otherwise

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Beautiful location tucked it the maderian mountains. Pretty insane drive to get there though. It is not for the faint hearted!!..

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Prescot
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

From a lovely morning in Funchal the journey, with multiple stops, to the Nun' Valley the temperature dropped 16 degrees to clouds and a few spots of rain but so well worth it. After a number of steps on a recently widened pathway from the modern group of shops and café to the viewpoint, the vista is staggeringly beautiful and... More 

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Harelbeke, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Great walk downstairs from Eira da serrado to curral das freiras. Better to do it in this direction and take the bus back up ! Enjoy the spectacular views during the descent and feel and smell the woods.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

An enjoyable day into the mountains from Funchal followed by lunch in Curral das Freiras. The drive up to the viewpoint is worth the effort followed by the 5 minute walk up to the viewpoint looking down onto the Valley of the Nuns.

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Luton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Well worth a trip there, stunning scenery on route. Good time to go in October when they hold the chestnut festival there. Lots of hot chestnut stalls and all sorts of cakes etc made from chestnuts as well as live music

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

With only 6 hours in port on a cruise I wanted to see as much of Madeira as was possible. This attraction tucked all the boxes. Arriving in the port I could see ghe craggy mountain tops and thought that the valley of the nuns would be further inland, however we were soon winding our way up the mountain on... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The best part of this is the View of the valley from the walkway at the hotel & tourist stop at the Top of the Hill before you go down into the valley.Wonderful on a good clear day.The little Town is OK, but quite small tourist area with shops/cafe's been nothing special. We took a half day 4 hour Minibus... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Beautiful spot for a picnic, lovely views with a bbq area. Can book a trip via jeep or bus to get here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Firstly you have to walk both ways! We parked at the top and walked down, had a drink in the village below and then walked back. The village at the bottom is worth a look around and has a nice church and museum nearby. Locals were friendly and there are several cafe's and small shops. Look out for the hut... More 

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