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Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras)

Portugal
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Ranked #19 of 112 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We took a bust to Eira do Serrado. Then we took a path to Curral das Freiras. Someone wrote the path only fits to mountain goat, but it's walkable if you're average-fit without knee problem. Curral das Freiras was disappointing. There're only a few overpriced restaurant/souvenior shops and small church. I think Curral das Freiras is left to be viewed... More

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Alton Hampshire, UK
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78 reviews 78 reviews
9 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Great trip there and wonderful views overlooking village in crater. Village it quite interesting. Very alpine but nothing to write home about.

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Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

breathtaking view and a good contrast to Pico Arieiro but equally stunning, even in the bucketing rain! Drove to the bottom of the valley (which isn't for the faint hearted driver) but the view was spectacular. would have loved to have seen in on a better day - 2nd only to the aforementioned Pico of things to see on the... More

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Vila do Conde, Portugal
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This small village sits on the center of the crater of an extinct volcano. While the village is small and with really not much to see, the trip to Nuns Valley is a must. On the way there you have a lot of viewpoints and the old road is very fun to drive.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Travelled to nuns valley with Lido tours based next to the Four Views hotel on Estrada Monumental 15 euros each for 3.5h trip. The highlight of the trip is the viewing point at the top of the valley, absolutely stunning with the village below and the cloud covered peaks above. What was noticeable was the quality of the air with... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I took this tour with one of the many, many companies that offere tours and walks in Funchal. The tour starts at one of the Miradouros (viewing points) overlooking Funchal, and then you enter a quite deep valley that runs north towards the center of the island. The tour included two stops: one at the top of a peak (Eira... More

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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27 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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