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“Stunning”
Review of Valley of the Nuns

Valley of the Nuns
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Madeira Valley of the Nuns Tour
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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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Getting here is a feat in itself, the coach drivers deserve medals and I'd think twice before driving it myself, but plenty do.

The views are breathtaking as you climb from Funchal on narrow but decently maintained roads with near sheer drops at times. At the top you reach about 1100m to reach a shop and a paved walk to a viewpoint over the valley itself. The views there are great and despite being 400m or more over the village below, you can hear the stream, a motorbike or a dog barking below.

Stunning is the right word. Clouds come over the hills a some might go below you!

The shop is pretty good, has ok toilets, a decent cafe and the outside tables have a lovely view.

Definitely worth a visit.

Thank RAPCopperfields
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

We got there by public bus No 81 from Funchal. The view from the top was magnificent. It is much cooler up in the mountain, so take a jacket along. It was also drizzling a bit. There are free toilets to use at the gift shop. The walk down was not too difficult, mainly downhill with steps at places. It can be quite steep in places, but we had no problem getting down. Turn right at the tarmac road and walk towards the village. We went into the church and then ate some chestnut cake from the little old lady who has a small cart there. A big tasty slice for just 1 Euro . Nothing to do in the village, so took the bus back. An enjoyable half day .

Thank meena D
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Come and visit little treasure of Madeira! We come with car and stopped in little cafe with stunning views.
It was very cloudy but in end sun come true and get quite warm.

No nuns in valley.

Easy drive with car and we did not find it hard. Not busy roads and enough space to pass for other cars.

2  Thank lixe_travel
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

It is going to be the remembering picture of Madeira of your trip. Unfortunately, it is a little bit prepared for the tourists arrival but the place deserves it and is full of charm. Must go

Thank Manel D
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

We are so pleased we didn't listen to someone who said this trip wouldn't be worth doing because although there really isn't very much to do in Curral das Freiras itself, the bus trip is definitely worth the ride. We took the 81 bus from Funchal which stops at Eira do Serrado where you can get off & do the walk, we stayed on as I had my 84yr old dad with me where we carried on to Curral das Frieras. We stayed about an hour & a half before catching the bus back which was both thrilling & terrifying at the same time as the bus driver seemed to go a lot faster on the return but thoroughly recommend this trip for the spectacular views & scenery.

Thank Coco1362
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