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The "Nuns Valley" is a small village situated in the crater of an extinct volcano, which has kept its 16th-century Santa Clara Convent where the nuns used to hide from pirates who were attacking Funchal.
Caminho da Padaria, Curral das Freiras, Camara De Lobos, Madeira 9030-314, Portugal
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All reviews the bus chestnut cake half day tour long tunnel stunning scenery small village lido tours hair raising great trip twists and turns walked down steep path viewing point walk up minibus tour hairpin bends well worth a visit
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Absolutely fantastic area. Valley is beautiful. Ride up to lookout is a steep climb but more than worth it. Pictures to not to it justice,

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Doris E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing place that every visitor has to see. A great view point, 400 meters above the valley of the nuns. Stunning view all over.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank nadi O o
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We caught the 81 bus from Funchal exiting at the viewpoint. There’s a cafe and gift shop and nothing else other then spectacular views. The upper viewpoint is easy enough and worth the walk. We then followed the lower path to Curral das Freiras -...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 999MelonH
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did this trip independently by catching the 81 bus from the stop by the cable car . This was very easy to do and the ride itself was quite an experience with hairpin bends and amazing scenery . The best idea is to get...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Chocolatehobbit
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been here before but not for about 10 yrs. Visited as part of madeira trike tour( see separate review) and were blessed with clear weather. The views in all directions are stunning. If you are feeling adventurous you can walk down to village from...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank lovemadeira56
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great experience seeing parts of old and new Madeira, this short 4 hr approx., trip gave an insight to new and old roads. At several stops the views were awesome and the guide was very knowledgable of areas around tour and also Madeira in general.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank alexandertQ3033BW
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating topography - if that’s your interest. Deep and noticeably colder than elsewhere on the island. View point from the top of the valley well worthwhile. Reminiscent of Grand Canyon on more modest scale. Access provides for quite an ‘entertaining’ road journey. Nothing much to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank P2HDjohns
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The whole world is full of remarkable place, the valley of the nuns it's one of this. The road heading the valley, is very sinuous, but the ride it's worth it and the view is amazing.

Date of experience: June 2018
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We bought a trip through Lido tours. They were prompt and polite. The ride up to Curral de Freitas was exhilarating punctuated with moments of sheer terror! THE DROPS!! We arrived at the Valley of the Nuns and the views were phenomenal. There's a nice...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Laura G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a thrill! It is a hair raising drive up the steep and winding road, not recommended for the faint of heart or on your own but well worth the shakes. The views are breathtaking and absolutely stunning.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Susan J
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February 11, 2018|
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Response from 2good4ever | Reviewed this property |
It's not that busy always .if you can avoid tour group timing , you can have lot of places to park.
July 20, 2016|
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Response from SigitaVilnius | Reviewed this property |
We came there for lunch (1-2 p.m.). The sun was shining, the clouds were under the feet :) So, try this part of the day, but anyway it's hard to guess the weather ir Madeira. You should be ready for anything