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Madeira Valley of the Nuns Tour

Highlights
  • Tour of the Valley of the Nuns in Madeira
  • Visit the village built on the crater of an extinct volcano
  • Stop by the fishing village, Câmara de Lobos
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Madeira Valley of the Nuns Tour
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Overview
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.
What to Expect
This is a journey to the center of Madeira Island where dramatic, cloud-topped mountains descend to verdant valleys in a most spectacular way.

After boarding the minibus in the center of Lido first make your way up to Eira do Serrado where you'll find one of the most exclusive and beautiful views, not to mention a great "green" location unlike any other in Madeira.

The journey down to the Nuns Valley (Curral da Freiras) village takes approximately 20 minutes where guests will enjoy the countryside, forest brushes mixed with populated areas with quaint houses typical of the Madeiran society.

Once the tour reaches Nuns Valley, you will immediately see a small village nestling between almost perpendicular mountains in the heart of the island.

The huge cauldron in which Nuns Valley is sitting was either formed by erosion, which is the more recent theory, or as many still believe, by volcanic activity. The village is very isolated and locals mainly live off what they cultivate. The local chestnuts are delicious and are used in everyday cooking. Every year locals celebrate the 'Chestnut Festival' for which the village is famous.

Upon your return, stop at the stunning fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. This is were Winston Churchill spent his time painting his beautiful landscapes and were you will be able to try the famous local drink, Poncha.
Write a ReviewReviews (36)

1 - 5 of 19 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Amazing!

WE were fortunate enough to be able to visit this small isolated Valley. I recommend a visit, when you are in the area. It is quite a sight.

2  Thank Jude1885
Reviewed 11 June 2018
This is one tour you must take

The journey up to the top of the highest points on the island up classic hairpin narrow roads is a real experience. Then after walking to take photographs of the stupendous drop in to the valley below you are taken right down to the valley...More

3  Thank CLIVE F
Reviewed 6 June 2018
Beautiful views and good service

We are very happy with the tour and the agency. I contacted the Lido Tours before booking and they were very helpful. The minibus was very comfortable and the guide-driver was very friendly, chatty and knowledgable. The view of the valley from the view point...More

Thank Natasha M
Reviewed 29 May 2018
Not for the faint hearted

Awesome tour scenery out of this world , but not for the faint hearted fabulous tour well worth doing.

3  Thank John B
Reviewed 7 April 2018
Cramped and uncomfortable

All the tours seem to revolve around 12 seater coaches which are cramped,uncomfortable The tour to Nuns Valley, was on such a coach, it was cramped, uncomfortable,and offered little visibility.The tour comprised two stops at panoramas, which were ok, 45 mins in the village with...More

4  Thank ic0n0clast
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