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Madeira: Nuns Valley Half-Day Tour

1. Madeira: Nuns Valley Half-Day Tour

Explore the stunning landscapes of the Curral da Freiras (Nuns Valley) on a scenic half-day tour from Funchal. Journey to the center of Madeira to find dramatic, cloud-topped mountains and verdant valleys. Board the minibus in the center of Funchal, and make your way to Eira do Serrado for one of the most beautiful views in Madeira. Continue down to Curral da Freiras, traveling past forest bushes and the quaint houses typical of the Madeiran countryside.  Arrive in Nuns Valley, and see a small village nestling between almost perpendicular mountains that is isolated by the region's stunning geography. The locals mainly survive off the cultivation of crops like delicious chestnuts.  Return to Funchal, stopping at the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, where Winston Churchill painted his beautiful landscapes. Purchase a glass of the legendary drink Poncha (alcoholic drink with honey, lemon, and juice) before you return to Funchal. 

Funchal: Nuns Valley Private Half Day Tour

2. Funchal: Nuns Valley Private Half Day Tour

On this picturesque private half-day trip, you will be driven from Pico dos Barcelos to Nun's Valley. Pico dos Barcelos has an observation point on the edge of Funchal, 1165 ft above sea level. It is an excellent way to view Funchal from the sea to the mountains, and Islas Desertas directly across can be spotted on a clear day. This belvedere at Eira do Serrado has a spectacular rock ledge that overlooks “Curral das Freiras,” a horseshoe-shaped valley below. This valley has three sheer sides that cut into the serrated peaks of Madeira. Make your way down to the Village of Nuns Valley (Curral das Freiras). See where the nuns of the Monastery of Santa Clara once sought refuge from French privateers. It is one of the most spectacularly situated rural settlements on the island, in a huge natural amphitheater surrounded by Madeira’s highest mountain peaks. Finally, you will be dropped back at your original pickup point.

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What people are saying about Valley of the Nuns

Since I apparently booked a little late via getyourguide, I could not be picked up from the hotel, but had to come to the collection point, which is 3 minutes' walk away. I was picked up there and taken to three great viewpoints in a small Sprinter bus. The guide spoke alternately in Portuguese and English and was very entertaining. All in all a very nice tour, especially for the price!

Family excursion for a few hours. We travelled with Marco who was very easy to listen to about the sights, places and points of interest. He was patient & informative We did a private tour which suited our kids with limited attention span & able to come and go at our pace. The viewing areas, nuns valley & fishing village were were well worth a visit. Delighted we went. Great day out

I had the absolute best time with my guide Jose. He was extremely patient with all my questions and really gave me insight into Madeira and the culture. Nuns valley was the nicest view I’ve seen in all of Madeira and that’s is saying ALOT.

Jose our guide was brilliant, the scenery was spectacular and must not be missed when in Madeira.

Incredible experience! Amazing landscapes and excellent guide Luciano!