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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 .

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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.

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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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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Great short walk, caught the 81 bus from Funchal to the Eira do Serrado, 7 euros per couple each way. The old post ladies path runs down into the village from there for two miles. It is a steep decline with fantastic views, but never feels steep as the cobbled path zig zags cleverly down the hill. A few places close to the edge but nothing to worry about and not as scary as the bus ride with lovely wild flowers on the way down. Average fitness will see you down comfortably, turn right as you hit the road to be met by a lovely young lady in the first cafe, cake was nice but overall a little expensive and some may prefer the cafe opposite the church.

Thank teepeeDerbyshire
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