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Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras)

Portugal
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Ranked #15 of 111 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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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Before descending I to the nuns' valley we climbed up to the top of the mountain where there is a modern shop, cafe and loos .we had hired a taxi to take us to a number of sights and this taxi driver, who is from Funchal was most obliging, knew his stuff (of course) and we benefitted from all those... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

We prefer to do things independently of organised tours,so just went down to the bus stand(not far from the chairlift entrance),asked around&got on the bus along with a handful of locals.The bus driver was a friendly cheeky chappie who obviously knew the road like the back of his hand,but as we climbed further up and the drop down seemed more... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Just back from a weeks break in Madeira took a morning trip to see the valley and it was worth the views. A very green an lush back drop. Unbelievable heights well worth a visit .

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Essex, England
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
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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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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