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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 Lido, 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. Once in Nuns Valley, see a small village nestling between almost perpendicular mountains. How the huge cauldron in which the Nuns Valley formed is open to debate. Some people say it was the result of erosion, while older theories maintain it was a result of volcanic activity. What is beyond dispute is that the village is very isolated. The locals mainly live off what they cultivate, including the delicious chestnuts that are the centerpiece of the annual Chestnut Festival. 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.

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.

Nuns Valley Half Day Trip 4x4 Jipe Tour

4. 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: Madeira Nuns Valley Sightseeing Tuk-Tuk Tour

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Valley of the Nuns

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My wife and I were blown away by how amazing and professional this experience was. Joao and Pedro ensured we were educated and always kept safe while also making sure we had the times of our lives! The trails, canyon routes were unbelievably beautiful and couldn’t have had a better day with the clear blue sky and sun! We will 100% be coming back to try the higher levels on our next vacation! If you’re staying in Funchel you must try this! P.S the water was warm compared to where we are from in Canada so it was very refreshing! Can’t thank the Fast Rope Team enough for this perfect experience and will see you again for sure!

What an incredible experience! The guides were phenomenal and it could not have been more beautiful! I felt super safe and the guides took great photos and care of the group. We had breaks when needed and stuck together. The water is chilly but very pleasant with the wetsuits. For sure book a day for this once in a life time experience! Joao was our guide and we can’t recommend him enough! Kind, funny, and went above and beyond to make it the best day!

We were picked up in central Funchal by Bruno driving his minibus, on time and at the correct location. We travelled via tortuous road through city and country, with spectacular scenery. First stop was an impressive overlook with cafe shops and loos, second was in the little village in the Valley of the Nuns, and third was in Camara de Lobos, a pretty fishing village. Bruno was informative and amusing.

Wonderful trip to Nuns Valley, our driver was very knowledgeable and amusing. Very well organised.

The guide/driver was very attentive, carefully, full of stories. pickup was on time. I enjoyed