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Funchal: Nuns Valley Private Half Day Tour

1. 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.

From Funchal: Madeira Nuns Valley Sightseeing Tuk-Tuk Tour

2. 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.

Nuns Valley Half Day Trip 4x4 Jipe Tour

3. 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.

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What people are saying about Valley of the Nuns

Weather at July at mountains in Madeira… What can you expect but hot hot hot. But for the Northern person it still was a amazing and breathtaking experience. The views made my eyes tear. Curral das Freiras was beautiful from above and in. Thank you for your excellent guidance and warm thanks to all ”on board”. You were so friendly and made my day.

A trip to the valley of the nuns in Maderia. Our guide was informative, friendly and helpful throughout our excursion. Couldn’t ask for more. Highly recommend. Fabulous day, thank you

It was excellent. Magnificent walk through the landscape and above all a big thanks to our guide Marco S. De Abreu. Thank you, we will never forget.

Very good activity. He makes us see very beautiful things and goes through places that are difficult to access. Super friendly guide.

A very nice tour with a nice driver in a small group that leads to 2 wonderful vantage points!