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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: Madeira Nuns Valley Sightseeing Tuk-Tuk Tour

4. From Funchal: Madeira Nuns Valley Sightseeing Tuk-Tuk Tour

A magical and memorable tuk-tuk ride across Madeira’s mountains, expect to discover and feel the magic of the best viewpoint Madeira has to offer. Going on this tuk-tuk ride, we advise the guests should come equipped with fully charged batteries on their phones and/or cameras to take some shots of their journey to remember later. Dare to be on a viewpoint 355 meters above sea level, an exciting journey showing one of the most splendid panoramic views over the city of Funchal Bay. This viewpoint is known as Pico dos Barcelos and is located in Funchal, providing a fascinating panoramic view of the city. This place was built back in the ‘50s but it was all its upgrades that made it popular amongst travelers, and locals. On a bright sunny day, it is even possible to see the Desert Islands from this great observation point. This hot spot provides a beautiful background for amazing shots, but also to enjoy a great cup of coffee while enjoying the stunning views. The journey will continue its course towards another great perspective of the island, located at an elevation of 1,095 m above sea level. The Eira do Serrado viewpoint, is located in the mountains in the city of Câmara de Lobos. A spot that shows a fantastic panoramic view of the valley, where one can see the charming village of Curral das Freiras, and the most majestic mountains as a backdrop. Soak up all the beautiful sounds, and mesmerizing details that nature provides from up there. This viewpoint/terrace was built in 1962, having had some upgrades through the years to make it even more inviting to all its guests. Why the name Nuns Valley one might ask. Because back in 1566, some nuns from the Santa Clara Convent in Funchal sought refuge in this remote spot whilst French pirates attacked and plundered their city. Surrounded by massive mountains, bursting with green vegetation, the peace and solitude that this place offers are undeniably one of a kind. The journey back will be just as exciting, with an expert driver/storyteller providing curious details and fun history facts.

Nuns Valley Half Day Trip 4x4 Jipe Tour

5. Nuns Valley Half Day Trip 4x4 Jipe Tour

Experience the true beauty of Madeira on a private or shared day trip. Explore the Valley of Nuns, see breathtaking views from the Cabo Girao Viewpoint, and visit the fishing village of Camara de Lobos. From Funchal, travel with your guide to the Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras). In this deep valley, explore the isolated parish and marvel at the stunning scenery. Get an even better view from the elevated viewpoint of Boca dos Namorados. Continue along an off-road trail to a typical Madeiran bar to try the famous Poncha. Enjoy this traditional drink of sugar cane rum, orange and lemon juice, and lemon before heading off towards Cabo Girao Viewpoint. At Cabo Girao, experience the highest sea cliff in Europe, with stunning views over Rancho and Cabo Girao Fajas, Camara de Lobos, and Funchal. On the way back to Funchal, enjoy a quick stop in the traditional fishing village of Camara de Lobos.

From Funchal: Valley of the Nuns Viewpoints

6. 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

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

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!!

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!