Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras) Tours

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Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras)
When seen from the bird's eye view of the Eira do Serrado, the Curral das Freiras (Valley of the Nuns) seems like an impossible place to settle – surrounded by steep mountains and accessible by vertiginous roads. But its hidden location is exactly the reason why it was discovered and embraced by generations of settlers, from the 15th-century slaves who escaped their masters to the 16th-century nuns who fled from pirates in Funchal.

The Valley of the Nuns, as it is called today (Curral das Freiras translates loosely to Nuns' Refuge), is a step back in time for those who visit. Here one can find all things chestnut, which grows in abundance; terraced vineyards and cherry orchards on the lower slopes above the valley; and colorful houses that dot the landscape.

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Curral das Freiras (Valley of the Nuns) is reachable by the line 81 bus from Funchal along the ER107. From the north, there is a tunnel that cuts through the mountains, ver the vertiginous among us.
Address: 9030, Portugal
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Madeira Valley of the Nuns Tour

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Madeira's Cliffs and Valleys Jeep Tour from Funchal

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Nun's Valley Tour from Funchal

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$137.98 USD
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Madeira Nuns Valley Sightseeing Tour from Funcal, Canico, and Machico

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Nun's Valley Open 4X4 Tour

Discover the vertiginous roads and secluded villages of the Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras) on a 4-hour 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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Boat and Open Roof 4x4 Tour

This is a experience 2 in 1, adventure at the mountains and ocean.Enjoy a half day tour to the "Nun's Valley" and Peaks at 1800 meters high in the morning, then, at the afternoon, enjoy stunning views of Madeira coast and island from out to sea on a "boat" Catamaran trip. Watch out for the whales and dolphins playing, jumping and splashing nearby the coast.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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NUNS VALLEY TOUR

Exuberant landscapes are one of Madeira's biggest tourist attractions. Incredible scenarios awaken the senses and leave a permanent mark, no matter what time of year you come to visit. With such diverse and magnificent natural spaces, you can choose a more calm activity, or awaken your adrenaline with extreme sports. Get ready to discover settings alive with color and movement that are so fabulous you will want to keep coming back time and again.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Nuns Valley

Our first priority is the client and we want to propose a unique tour.We are very happy agency and professional at the same time. Everything for the happiness of the next, and you'll see that you'll enjoy.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private VIP Service Madeira Walking Hiking Vereda Eira do Serrado

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$54.04 USD
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