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From Funchal: Nuns Valley, Monte and Sleigh Ride Tour

1. From Funchal: Nuns Valley, Monte and Sleigh Ride Tour

Depart Funchal and journey to the Pico dos Barcelos to experience one of Madeira's unique viewpoints. Get a breathtaking view of all points of the island, before making your way up to Eira do Serrado. Admire the surrounding chestnut trees and eucalyptus plants of the natural wonderland. The ancient footpaths are still used by locals and tourists, and the narrow road and tunnels can still be seen.  From an altitude of 1,094 meters above sea level, see across to the Nuns Valley. Isolated from the rest of the island, the Nuns Valley is surrounded by lava rock and takes its name from the nuns that once inhabited the valley as they fled from pirate attacks during the 16th century. Try some traditional chestnut cake and pastries only found in the region, along with different traditional liquors. Then, go to Monte, one of Madeira´s old tourist stops, and visit the church where the tomb of the Emperor Charles I of Austria can be found.  Add a little adventure to the day and enjoy an unforgettable 2-kilometer toboggan ride down the old road of Livramento, where the bus will pick you up at the bottom.

Madeira: Nuns Valley Half-Day Tour

2. 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 Funchal, 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.  Arrive in Nuns Valley, and see a small village nestling between almost perpendicular mountains that is isolated by the region's stunning geography. The locals mainly survive off the cultivation of crops like delicious chestnuts.  Return to Funchal, stopping at the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, where Winston Churchill painted his beautiful landscapes. Purchase a glass of the legendary drink Poncha (alcoholic drink with honey, lemon, and juice) before you return to Funchal. 

From Funchal: Guided Canyoning Adventure (Level 2)

3. From Funchal: Guided Canyoning Adventure (Level 2)

Discover the beauty of Madeira's canyons and streams with this group canyoning tour from Funchal. Explore the natural wonders on the island. Keep your energy up with some delicious snacks. Start with hassle-free pickup from your accommodation in Funchal. Sit back and relax on the drive to the beginning of the canyoning trail. Suit up with quality wetsuits, Adidas boots, helmets, and harnesses. Listen as your guide gives you a briefing on the activity. Do a quick walk to ensure that your equipment is properly fitted. Head out to cross water lines, swim in crystal clear water, slide through refreshing streams, descend rocks, and perform jumps. Stop to replenish your energy with some snacks and water. Eat another snack before returning to Funchal. Get photos and videos of your tour to share with your friends and family.

Madeira: Half-Day Nun's Valley and Sea Cliff Tour

4. 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

5. 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.

Valley of the Nuns and Mountains 4X4 Tour from Funchal

6. Valley of the Nuns and Mountains 4X4 Tour from Funchal

Your 4-hour excursion begins with a pick-up at your Funchal hotel in a 4X4 vehicle. From there you’ll head out on a drive up the steep roads to Pico dos Barcelos. Take in magnificent views of Funchal, the coastline and the mountains. Next, you’ll move on to Curral das Freiras, and you’ll learn about the fascinating local history. The 4X4 will take you up to the top of the third-highest mountain in Madeira, at 1,818 meters, where you’ll be able to enjoy fantastic 360-degree panoramic views over the island. Stop in the wicker-producing area of Camacha to finish the tour, and learn about the workings of this traditional industry.

From Funchal: Eira do Serrado (Nun´s Valley viewpoint)

7. From Funchal: Eira do Serrado (Nun´s Valley viewpoint)

Get a fresh perspective on the volcanic landscape of Madeira on a fantastic drive into the mountains of the interior by tuk tuk. Depart Funchal and head towards the municipality of Câmara de Lobos to discover one of the oldest viewpoints on the island. Prepare to have your breath taken away upon arrival at the Eira do Serrado lookout. Soak up the astonishing views over the mountains and valleys that reveal a tiny village in the Curral das Freiras (Nun's Valley), where nuns took refuge from pirate invasions in the 16th century. Stop at 2 well-known viewpoints before you get to Eira do Serrado to get a preview of the spectacular vistas to come!

Nun's Valley

8. Nun's Valley

After everyone is on board, we start our journey in direction to one of the most unique viewpoints on Madeira Island, where you can enjoy a 360º view over the Funchal city. Then, head towards the viewpoint of Eira do Serrado. Admire the chestnut and eucalyptus trees that surround it. Glimpse the old paths that are still used by locals and tourists alike. From an altitude of 1,094 meters above sea level, see Nun's Valley surrounded by lava rocks and isolated from the rest of the island. End this tour tasting some traditional chestnut cakes and pastries found only in the region, along with different traditional liqueurs before heading to your drop point.

Madeira Island Highlights Private Guided Tour by Tuk-Tuk

9. Madeira Island Highlights Private Guided Tour by Tuk-Tuk

Have you ever wanted to go on a tuk-tuk tour, but wanted something more personalized to your own taste? We present you Myway, a tuk-tuk tour journey in which you can pick not only the unique places you want to visit, but also for how long, and when. How amazing is that? With this service, you will be able to pick from more than 25 unique places, to design your own exclusive tour ride, with one of our storytellers/guides. Whether you wish to visit Monte’s Palace, Cabo Girão Viewpoint, or even of the Cathedral at Funchal, you name it, and we will make it happen. Not only you will be able to get to know some of the most beautiful scenery, the best places, and the most spectacular roads, but we will also provide you with some background history of the places you choose to visit. Plan the itinerary of your dreams when coming to visit Madeira island, just see on the specifications which ones you would wish to see. Bear in mind that if there might be one specific place that isn’t included on our list, describe it to us, to see if it is possible to visit it. Remember, there is no wrong place, there are only a great many possibilities to make this journey a memorable one. Also, there is no losing side to this journey because all places, even the roads to get there, are simply breathtaking. So, dream it, design it, and let us make your dream tuk-tuk tour of your dreams possible. - Funchal Old Town - Câmara de Lobos - Botanical Garden - Palheiro Gardens - Monte Tropical Garden - Monte Toboggans - Nuns Valley - Cabo Girão - Garajau - Pico Areeiro - Cable Cars - Viewpoints & More

Jeep Tour with Henriques & Henriques wine tasting in Madeira

10. Jeep Tour with Henriques & Henriques wine tasting in Madeira

Come and join the Adventure with me! This is an excellent opportunity for you to discover views you might have only seen in movies, valleys and mountains, that could not be any more perfect! And to make all this available to you, we will travel safe but super fun off roads! After our introduction we will be heading to Camara de Lobos using the old fashioned side roads to visit this amazing fisher man's village. Then back to the Jeep, and to the Boca dos Namorados to take a look at the Nun's Valley! Why is it called the Nun's Valley? Well, I will tell you all about it when we get there! Ready for wine tasting now? No problem! That's where we are heading next! :) After this stop we are due a bumpy fun off road and it will feel amazing having a traditional poncha at the bar on the way! And that's not all! There is Cabo Girao! One of the highest glass platform in the world built on a cliff! This trip is not one to miss! An absolutely amazing adventure! This tour will take 6 hours including pick up and drop off from and to your accommodation. Upon arrival we will have a short introduction and I will go through the plan of the day with you, to make sure it is customized to your interests as best as possible! During our tour I will take you to many different view points to the valleys and ocean and I will introduce the local flora and history! We will drive on narrow and off roads and have lots of fun! Stops during this tour are: - Camara de Lobos (We will visit the beautiful fishing village of Madeira) - Jardim da Serra , the Nun's Valley (Amazing mountain views with an amazing history) - Henriques & Henriques Wine Tasting - Cabo Girao (Visit one of the highest glass platforms of the world with unforgettable views )

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What people are saying about Valley of the Nuns

Amazing spot for canyoning in the picturesque mountains in central Madeira. Guides were super friendly and attentive to keep everyone safe. Equipment was also in good shape and fitting. However, trip could have been a little longer as the real canyoning part took only about 2,5h.

Half day at the top! Suzanna took us to different points of view (other than those planned in the private tour because it lasts 4 hours and we were done quickly!) She gave good advice and allowed us to spend a great morning with the family!! To recommend

João and Evonne were absolutely amazing. We cannot say enough good things about them and the tour. They were competent, excellent guides. It was an adventure we will treasure!

The guide was excellent! I would absolutely recommend. We got to see a lot of Madeira!

They was very kind and helpful and the tour was so exciting and fun !!!