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Madeira Valley of the Nuns Tour

Highlights
  • Tour of the Valley of the Nuns in Madeira
  • Visit the village built on the crater of an extinct volcano
  • Stop by the fishing village, Câmara de Lobos
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Madeira Valley of the Nuns Tour
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Overview
The Valley of the Nuns (Curral da Freiras) might be one of the coolest places you can visit in all of Portugal—and this tour makes it easy to explore the area. Not only is it a village built on the crater of an extinct volcano, but it was once a place where nuns would hide when pirates attacked the city of Funchal. Plus, during this tour, you’ll stop by the fishing village, Câmara de Lobos, and try a traditional Madeira drink.
What to Expect
This is a journey to the center of Madeira Island where dramatic, cloud-topped mountains descend to verdant valleys in a most spectacular way.

After boarding the minibus in the center of Lido first make your way up to Eira do Serrado where you'll find one of the most exclusive and beautiful views, not to mention a great "green" location unlike any other in Madeira.

The journey down to the Nuns Valley (Curral da Freiras) village takes approximately 20 minutes where guests will enjoy the countryside, forest brushes mixed with populated areas with quaint houses typical of the Madeiran society.

Once the tour reaches Nuns Valley, you will immediately see a small village nestling between almost perpendicular mountains in the heart of the island.

The huge cauldron in which Nuns Valley is sitting was either formed by erosion, which is the more recent theory, or as many still believe, by volcanic activity. The village is very isolated and locals mainly live off what they cultivate. The local chestnuts are delicious and are used in everyday cooking. Every year locals celebrate the 'Chestnut Festival' for which the village is famous.

Upon your return, stop at the stunning fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. This is were Winston Churchill spent his time painting his beautiful landscapes and were you will be able to try the famous local drink, Poncha.
Reviews (42)
1 - 5 of 25 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Cruise Stop

I booked this before we left the UK because the same thing on the ship was 3 times more. The trip cost 19 Euros each and we were picked up from the cruise terminal in a mini bus. There was about 10 other people on...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank stmartins
Reviewed 1 week ago
Stunning Landscape !

Thank you Jose, for providing us with a spectacular half-day semi-private tour of Nun's Valley. Our guide/driver Jose knew so much about the culture and history of Madeira, that it made our excursion even more memorable. He also proved to be an expert driver over...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JonathanND
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Worth the trip

Very nice half day tour. Scenery was beautiful. Drive was a little scary but we had an excellent driver. Value was very good..Valley of the Nuns is indeed very picturesque and the hike to the top is worth the walk.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 731MartinN
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Stunning Views

This was a terrific half day tour which takes you up to a panoramic 360 degree view of Funchal followed by a trip up into the mountains to spectacular views overlooking the village in the valley of the nuns, followed by a visit to the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Richard S
Reviewed October 9, 2018
Bit disappointing

We had been recommended this tour but to be honest we weren't that impressed. Thought they'd be a bit more to it than stopping off for half an our to loo at church and shops. View from the top would have been great - but...More

Date of experience: September 2018
6  Thank Beverley63
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