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Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras)

Address: Portugal
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Ranked #13 of 108 Attractions in Madeira Islands
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The "Nuns Valley" is a small village situated in the crater of an...
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Type: Geologic Formations, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

Excellent tour organised by Funtours madeira. Travelled with 6 other tourists in a small van ,driven by the driver cum tourist guide. Journey across very steep hair-pin bends and wonderful view from the top of the resort. Visited the Xmas grotto too, which was very colourful with the dolls depicting all the Nativity scene.I enjoyed the Xmas grotto very much,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Don't miss out on a trip to Nun's Valley. The views are spectacular from the rim of the extinct volcano.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I don't think this place is as spectacular as many have described it, but we did go straight after Cabo Girao which may have dampened it down for us. However the views are great and it's worth a trip - probably half an hour from Funchal by car. The best view by far is from Eira do Serrado which you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We visited on Christmas Eve by bus. An eventful journey due to the fact that a local passenger appeared to have a heart attack at the highest part of the journey. Luckily with the use of a mobile phone and the bus moving to pick up a signal an ambulance was summoned and the gentleman was taken to hospital. At... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Take a drive from Funchal to Curral Das Freiras but be sure to save your breath to expel on the frequently mesmerising and unbelievably outstanding scenery you will experience on the way up to the 1100 metres high plateau. There are two aspects to consider both as unimaginable as the other. As you travel up and towards the apex you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We decided to visit for a few hours, taking bus route 81 from the terminal near the Monte cable car station on the centre of Funchal. It takes about an hour each way, the fare is €3.35 each way and buses leave several times a day, we took the 12:30 bus but exact times can vary. The views are amazing... More 

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Bushey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We were lucky. Although the tops of the mountains had varying cloud we had brilliant views from Eira do Serrado with the changing cloud producing a constant variation of shadows in the valley below. At times there was a rainbow crossing the valley which looked like a bridge between the two sides. I kept taking photos because every time I... More 

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Derby
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

You can view the Nun's Valley from Eira do Serrado (over 3500 feet) - take an organised trip or a taxi. The views are very dramatic but it depends totally on the weather - we were unlucky and were in the clouds. You can then go down into the Nun's Valley by coach or taxi. Well worth the trip -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

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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