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Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras)

Portugal
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Ranked #15 of 109 attractions in Madeira Islands
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Essex, England
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Went here on a half day trip by private taxi he told us the history of why its called valley of the nuns.Very steep drops not for faint hearted

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Chester
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This was my one must do on a trip to Funchal. I think we got to about 3500 feet and the views from the view point were amazing, I was not expecting such beautiful scenery and views.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We booked this excursion through Pride of Madeira. We were collected at 09.10 in a mini-bus of 8 people. Our first stop was at Pico dos Barcelos, amazing views and a great photo opportunuity.This is apparently the best place to see fireworks on New Year's Eve. We stopped above Nuns Valley, where it is possible to walk down to the... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Apparently when Funchal was often raided by pirates, nuns alerted of them approaching would take the children and women to a safe haven in the Valley. About a 10 hour walk and the valley surrounded by sheer cliffs. view it from the top to check out how amazing that is.

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London, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

A party of 14 of us hired two jeeps each with driver to take us to nuns valley, the journey was great fun, scary little cliff top roads and an excellent insight into how people live in Madeira, each house with its own allotment and most with some animals. It is worth hiring an experienced jeep tourer as they can... More

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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Some amazing views from the village and the viewpoint at the top. If you go in the morning, take a jacket as the village itself doesn't get any sun until midday, so it's quite cool. The drive up is one of those classic mountain coach trips like something with "World's Deadliest Roads" potential, so take the opportunity to try the... More

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Torquay,devon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

What a trip. We made the mistake of hiring a car, which meant the journey took 3times as long as it should have (potholes like you wouldn't believe and few cliff railings. However, the view was amazing -loads and loads of terraces which were used for agriculture and sadly many are now neglected. However, the view was still amazing and... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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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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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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42 helpful votes 42 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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