Valley of the Nuns Nature & adventure

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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. 

Madeira: Half-Day Nun's Valley and Sea Cliff Tour

2. Madeira: Half-Day Nun's Valley and Sea Cliff Tour

Explore some of the most remote places of Madeira Island. Not far from Funchal, and hidden in between high mountains and deep valleys, lie remote villages and hamlets such as Jardim da Serra with its splendid view over the Nuns Valley. You can explore another world by joining this Jeep safari tour, complete with panoramic views and interesting places. You will also enjoy sensational encounters with Madeira's fascinating natural heritage. Your route will pass though Funchal, Fajã das Galinhas, Boca da Corrida, Jardim da Serra, Quinta Grande, Cabo Girão, and Câmara de Lobos. At the conclusion of your enjoyable day out, you will return to your point of origin.

Funchal: Nuns Valley Private Half Day Tour

3. 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.

From Funchal: Valley of the Nuns Viewpoints

4. From Funchal: Valley of the Nuns Viewpoints

This half day tour takes you to the center of the island to one of the deepest and also most beautiful valleys of the island. In this trip if you have the opportunity to try some of our best homemade liquors and the local specialty, the sweetchestnut cake. And magnificent views to Funchal, Câmara de Lobos and the Nun’s valley itself await you in this lovely trip. Points of Interest : Pico dos Barcelos (25 minutes) Eiro do Serado (30 minutes) Curral das Freiras (45 minutes)

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What people are saying about Valley of the Nuns

Our guide David picked us up on time, right at the hotel. He drove us to the most beautiful places, on- and off-road. He told us a lot about Madeira and the flora. You would never be able to find or drive such routes alone. We did this tour as a group of three and can fully recommend it!!

Amazing spot for canyoning in the picturesque mountains in central Madeira. Guides were super friendly and attentive to keep everyone safe. Equipment was also in good shape and fitting. However, trip could have been a little longer as the real canyoning part took only about 2,5h.

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

Excellent pick up in mini bus by Marco who is a fantastic guide and fluent in several languages

Incredible experience! Amazing landscapes and excellent guide Luciano!