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Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras)

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Ranked #23 of 116 Attractions in Madeira Islands
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoors
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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.
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Pretty village with also a lovely little church. You can test chestnut liquers here and also have a lovely coffee with lovely views over the valley from the little cafes perched above the valley. Well worth the visit although the roads are a bit scary!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

Unfortunately in the day Wei went there was some light rain, which although dampened the the tour at some stages, didn't totally obscure what is stunning mountainous countryside. It was hard to imagine what it must have been like to live in some of these villages, prior to the tunnels being excavated, and to have to escape marauding armies from... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

WOW!!! After a pleasant drive from Funchal through the winding roads towards the Nuns Valley in the centre of the island , you eventually come to a long tunnel, turn left at the tunnel entrance up to the viewpoint. There is a hotel at the top and when you take the path around the hotel you come to the most... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

If your into hiking and seeing high mountains than this place is perfect for you, I visited due to being back in madeira after 13 years, didn't want to go there but had family to see, still a very beautiful quite place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This was our first walk in Madeira. We were totally spoilt as the views were fantastic and we were provided with a rainbow too! Access to Eira do Serarado is by bus or car and, there is a restaurant and souvenir shop and a miradouro to be walked before you begin the 400m descent along the ancient cobbled trail to... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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19 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We took a trip into the valley and then to the viewpoint. While I don't think the village itself is anything special, it gives you a better feel for your surroundings. Apparently, most trips do the viewpoint first and then go down into the valley. I suggest doing it the other way around. The view at the top is incredible,... More

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Stunning views and not that hard to get to, but not really that much else to do apart from tourist shops

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Hockley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We loved this trip. We hired a car for 4 days and this was one place we were told to see and it was excellent. The drive was extremely steep with several hairpin bends but the scenery was lovely and Curral das Freiras is a small village in a valley bvut we thought it was beautiful.

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Holbrook, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We took the tour offered by Happy Madeira which had a stop at a town in the valley as part of its half-day tour to a few lookout points. We took a long tunnel through the mountain that connects the valley to the outside world. We were then dropped off by a cafe and liquor store which gave free samples... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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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