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Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras) Tours and Activities

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Surrounded by steep mountains, the village of Curral das Freiras (Valley of the Nuns) seems like an impossible place to access when viewed from the Eira do Serrado lookout point. But its remote location is exactly why it was embraced by the escaped slaves and nuns who fled from pirates in Funchal.

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Madeira Valley of the Nuns Tour
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Madeira Valley of the Nuns Tour

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The Valley of the Nuns (Curral da Freiras) might be one of the coolest places you can visit in all of Portugal—and this tour makes it easy to explore the area. Not only is it a village built on the crater of an extinct volcano, but it was once a place where nuns would hide when pirates attacked the city of Funchal. Plus, during this tour, you’ll stop by the fishing village, Câmara de Lobos, and try a traditional Madeira drink.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.83
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$21.83

Nuns Valley Tour

Nuns Valley Tour

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This is a trip to the center of Madeira Island, where extraordinary mountains with cloud-covered ridges descend to the verdant valleys in the most spectacular way. Our excursion begins with a visit to the Mirador do Pico dos Barcelos (from this place it is possible to contemplate a panoramic view of the bay and the city of Funchal). We then proceed to Eira do Serrado, a viewpoint located at 1094 meters above the parish of Curral das Freiras. Then we went to the small village of Curral das Freiras. The enormous cauldron in which the Curral das Freiras is situated was formed by erosion, which is the latest theory, or, as many still believe, by volcanic activity. The village is very isolated and the inhabitants live mainly from what they cultivate. The local chestnuts are delicious and are used in daily cooking. Every year, the inhabitants celebrate the 'Chestnut Festival', for which the village is famous.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.47
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$29.47

Private Tour Nun's Valley Halfday

Private Tour Nun's Valley Halfday

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On this scenic, private half-day trip, you’ll travel from Pico dos Barcelos to picturesque Nun's Valley in a comfortable, WIFI-equipped car. See where the nuns of the Monastery of Santa Clara once sought refuge from French privateers. Other highlights include postcard-perfect views from Pico dos Barcelos, a stop at popular Eira do Serrado lookout point, and a peek at the UNESCO-listed Laurisilva Forest.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$91.91
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$91.91
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Madeira Nuns Valley Sightseeing Tour from Funchal, Canico, and Machico

Madeira Nuns Valley Sightseeing Tour from Funchal, Canico, and Machico

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Experience a famous Madeira beauty spot on a small-group Nuns Valley (Curral da Freiras) trip from Funchal, Canico, and Machico. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, make the scenic journey to Nuns Valley, a village tucked into an ancient crater-like bowl between vertiginous peaks. Stop at Pico dos Barcelos to gaze over Funchal, enjoy bird’s-eye views over Nuns Valley from Eira do Serrado, and visit the history-steeped village. Hotel pickup and drop-off, and choice of departure times included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.23
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Go to Nuns Valley - It's a Must

Go to Nuns Valley - It's a Must

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Once known as the Pearl of the Atlantic, there will always be reasons to maintain its designation. Amid belvederes, gardens and various high altitude peaks, Madeira is the ideal destination for a family holiday or a short trip for two.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.11
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$29.11

Amazing Skywalk, Madeira Wine Tasting and more... in 4x4 Half day Tour

Amazing Skywalk, Madeira Wine Tasting and more... in 4x4 Half day Tour

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Seeing Portugal’s Madeira region can be difficult on your own because of its hard-to-get-to highlights. This Jeep tour to Madeira’s cliffs and valleys charges through the area’s rough landscape, so you can stop by Boca dos Namorados, Jardim da Serra, Cabo Girão, and Câmara de Lobo all in one day. Plus, round-trip transport from Funchal is included for a seamless adventure.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Arieiro Peak, Nun´s Valley & Santo da Serra in 4x4 Half day Tour

Arieiro Peak, Nun´s Valley & Santo da Serra in 4x4 Half day Tour

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Famed for its splintering mountains and rugged coastlines, Madeira is a mecca for outdoor adventurers. See some of the island’s most spectacular scenery on a 4-hour jeep tour from Funchal, including convenient hotel pickup and drop-off. Absorb panoramic views of Funchal from Pico dos Barcelos Viewpoint, visit the famous Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras), and Pico do Arieiro, the island’s third-highest peak.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.21
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$40.21

East of Madeira | Full Day 4x4 Tour

East of Madeira | Full Day 4x4 Tour

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Experience the spectacular natural scenery, delicious cuisine, and traditional villages of Madeira’s east coast on this full-day tour. Traveling by 4WD, venture off-road and escape the crowds as you drive the Pico do Areiro mountain roads, stop in villages such as Ribeiro Frio and Faial, and visit a traditional A-frame house in Santana. Along the way, enjoy lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant, optional tastings of Madeira wine or Porto Da Cruz rum, and a visit to a poncho bar.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.19
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$63.19

Madeira Off-Road Tours

Madeira Off-Road Tours

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Madeira off-road tours, it’s all about our private and personalized service. As a traveler, you want to be less of a tourist and have more of an adventure, that’s why we’re staffed with only the most knowledgeable local guides, born and raised in the islands to provide you a truly memorable day here in Madeira!
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.96
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Private Tour | Full Day 4x4 Tour
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Private Tour | Full Day 4x4 Tour

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With dense forests, sweeping beaches, and spectacular natural scenery, Madeira is widely considered the jewel in Portugal’s crown—but the rugged terrain can make exploring a challenge. On this flexible private tour, step off the tourist trail and explore Madeira’s wilderness at your own pace. With your guide at the wheel of your powerful 4x4 vehicle, reach corners of Madeira many visitors miss.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$270.00
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$270.00
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Private Half-Day 4X4 Tour: East or West

Private Half-Day 4X4 Tour: East or West

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Customize your own sightseeing itinerary on a private 5-hour jeep tour of Madeira. Depending on your preferences, you’ll explore the east or west side of the island in a 4x4 vehicle while receiving undivided attention from a private guide. Opt to discover Pico do Areiro and the Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras) in the east, or ascend to Cabo Girão, Europe’s highest sea cliff, and Câmara de Lobos, home to a colony of monk seals, during a tour of the west. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.       
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$287.23
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Nun's Valley Open 4X4 Tour

Nun's Valley Open 4X4 Tour

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Discover the vertiginous roads and secluded villages of the Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras) on a 4x4 tour from Funchal. In an open-top 4x4, you’ll follow rugged routes and enjoy stunning views of Madeira’s mountainous terrain. Plus, you’ll stop to taste Portuguese liqueurs and pastries, and visit a wicker factory. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.25
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$41.25

Nun's Valley & Arieiro Peak in 4x4 Half day Tour

Nun's Valley & Arieiro Peak in 4x4 Half day Tour

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This is a fantastic choice for those who’d like to experience the natural beauty of Madeira. Take the stress out of organizing transport, by having round-trip transport included. You’ll travel in an open roof 4WD, so you’ll get great views of the island, and stop off at lots of scenic viewpoints such as Nun’s Valley, and Pico do Arieiro. Drive past many of the island’s highlights such as Ribeiro Frio, and have a chance to stop off for refreshments at a Madeiran restaurant.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.21
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1 day buggy ride

1 day buggy ride

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Explore the natural beauty of Madeira aboard a buggy during this private excursion. Discover several touristic points including the Arieiro and Ruivo peaks, the fishing village of Camara de Lobos, and the Porto Moniz natural swimming pools. Get out of your vehicle for a chance to walk around a few areas and enjoy a delicious Madeiran lunch during your tour.
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  • 7 hours
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$103.40
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Private Nun's Valley Tour from Funchal

Private Nun's Valley Tour from Funchal

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This private guided tour of Madeira will help you discover many of the island’s dispersed attractions in one day. You’ll hear invaluable historical insights from your guide, and it’ll be a hassle-free day hotel pickup, drop-off, and private transport included. You’ll visit multiple highlights such as Pico dos Barcelos, Nun’s Valley, and Cabo Giro, in this action-packed and informative tour of the island.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$141.41
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Arieiro Peak & Nun´s Valley in 4x4 Tour + Dolphins Watching

Arieiro Peak & Nun´s Valley in 4x4 Tour + Dolphins Watching

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This guided tour of Madeira is a great way to save time, and see multiple sites in one day. After a hotel pickup, travel by jeep to the heights of Nun’s Valley. Get access to beautiful panoramic views at Pico do Arieiro, which would be difficult to reach without a jeep. Make the most of your trip by seeing Madeira from the water, and going on a dolphin and whale watching tour too.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.28
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Private Guided Walk Eira do Serrado Half-day

Private Guided Walk Eira do Serrado Half-day

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It is a route mainly on the sidewalk with a great historical importance for the parish of Curral das Freiras, since it constituted for several centuries one of its main accesses. Only in 1959, with the arrival of the first road access to the center of the locality, this route loses importance. In Eira do Serrado, a visit to the belvedere, at a height of 1095 meters, offers a superb view over the village, the mountainous massif and the Ribeira dos Socorridos valley. It is a privileged place to have the perception of the erosive capacity of the natural elements that shaped the island.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.64
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Ride a quad all day long

Ride a quad all day long

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Take a full day off-road tour of Madeira Island. You won't be crowded into a bus or 4x4. You will only be alone or with two on your Access 300cc quad, you are on the handlebars We are doing everything necessary to eliminate this virus Far from the beaten track and tourist trap circuits, Cocorico Extrem Road makes you discover off-road hiking in the magnificent landscapes of Madeira. There is something for everyone, whether you are with family or friends, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll or an extreme hike. With our excursion mode, stops can be made when you want, we can take more or less time in the places we visit, according to your desires of the moment.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$172.34
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Great excursion (6 days / 5 nights)

Great excursion (6 days / 5 nights)

Discover Madeira differently! Go 6 days and 5 nights on the island of flowers, the pearl of the Atlantic. Far from the beaten track, let yourself be guided to discover the beautiful landscapes of Madeira, the essential sites, the levadas, and monuments, etc. Your accommodation is located in Quinta Grande, near the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. Accommodation is offered for 2 to 3 people throughout your stay with us. We will pick you up at the Funchal Airport, you will be entitled to a dinner at the restaurant on your arrival. Price per person for 6 days, from 586 € (minimum 2 people, maximum 3 people). Comprising: • Airport transfer • Housing (offered) • 1 dinner at the restaurant (offered) • -20% at Cocorico Funchal • A guide and driver in Polaris buggy 4 places.
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  • 6 days
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Nun's Valley Tour

Nun's Valley Tour

Our Service quality, is professional and friendly giving all the information and heritage of the island.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.83
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Madeira package 2 full days + 1 half day excursions

Madeira package 2 full days + 1 half day excursions

This 2 day full east and west + 1 half day Curral das Freiras tours package gives you an overview of the island at an affordable price. This package starts at different days and different times. In advance you will be contacted to schedule the package with you. Pickups will be made at hotels located in Funchal and Caniço at no extra cost. It is possible that minor delays may occur due to traffic. During the excursions the driver gives historical and cultural information of the places to visit, making some short stops on the way for the visitor to be able to contemplate the beautiful sights and monuments taking some pictures. Meals are not included in the price, but we make a 90-minute midday stop for lunch. We're back at the hotel at 16:30 / 17:00 December 25th and January 1st we do not do excursions. We work with qualified and experienced people in tourism.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.69
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$81.69

Curral das Freiras e Monte

Curral das Freiras e Monte

We start at Pico dos Barcelos, a viewpoint overlooking the bay of Funchal and mountains. We continue to climb until Eira do Serrado which is at a height of 1053 meters. This viewpoint offers an overview of the parish of Curral das Freiras. Access to the viewpoint is via a footpath that leaves from Estalagem Eira do Serrado. We went down to Curral das Freiras, a cozy village surrounded by mountains. Finally we go to the parish of Monte, known for its gardens and the Church of Nossa Senhora do Monte. On January 1st and December 25th there are no excursions.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$117.85
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$117.85
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Half-Day Guided Tour of Madeira Nuns Valley from Funchal

Half-Day Guided Tour of Madeira Nuns Valley from Funchal

Discover the unique flora and fauna of Madeira on a 4-hour scenic tour of the Nuns Valley. Travel across the rocky terrain of the island’s interior, and enjoy panoramic views along the way. Visit the fishing town of Câmara de Lobos. 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. ✔ See the unique flora of the Curral da Freiras ✔ Go to the fishing village where Churchill once spent time painting ✔ Learn the theories of how the Nuns Valley was formed ✔ Get one of the best panoramic views in Madeira ✔ Spend time at one of the most isolated villages of the interior ✔ Taste some of the local produce, such as the famous chestnuts Return to Funchal, stopping at the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, where Winston Churchill painted his beautiful landscapes. Try some of the legendary Poncha drink before you leave.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.70

Wheelchair / Handicap Tour Private Full Day

Wheelchair / Handicap Tour Private Full Day

We are a company focus on providing services and equipments necessary for people with reduced mobility enjoy the nature and walks without conditioning. We provide a off road chair that enable the access to walks or levadas and trails on mountain as well local touristic zones in city. We also have a ramp that enable access on stairs. We do tours All Over island and specific trails on mountains. FORGET EVERYTHING WHAT YOU SAW ... FORGET ALL WHY HAPPENED ... DARE YOURSELF WITH NATURE ... CHEIRE THE FLOWERS ... HEAR THE NATURE ... BREATHE PURE AIR ... BREATHE NATURE ... LET'S GO TO INIMAGINABLE PLACES ... PLACES TO STAY WITHOUT WORDS ... PLACES ONLY FOOTPRINT ... HEAR ... FEEL ... RELAX ... DISCOVER ... MADEIRA IS NOW ACCESSIBLE
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$402.13
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras) costs USD 17.23. Guided Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras) tours start around USD 17.23 per person.
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