Madeira: Nuns Valley Half-Day Tour

Madeira: Nuns Valley Half-Day Tour

From $22.53 per person

Discover the unique flora and fauna of Madeira on a 4-hour scenic tour of the Nuns Valley (Curral da Freiras). Travel across the rocky terrain of the island’s interior, and enjoy panoramic views along the way. Visit the fishing town of Câmara de Lobos.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese
Pickup included
Pick-up from select hotels in Funchal and the surrounding area is available free of charge
Private group available


  • See the unique flora of the Curral da Freiras
  • Go to the fishing village where Churchill once spent time painting
  • Learn the theories of how the Nuns Valley was formed
  • Get one of the best panoramic views in Madeira
  • Spend time at one of the most isolated villages of the interior
  • Taste some of the local produce, such as the famous chestnuts
Full description
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.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off at select hotels in Funchal
  • All taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Lunch
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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What was impressive was that we were the only two people on the tour and yet it was still run. We were collected on time at the designated place outside the cruise terminal. Our guide was helpful, courteous and knowledgeable. This was an interesting journey visiting Nuns Valley, a shipping village where Churchill visited and a country road viewing the various flora of the island.

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November 30, 2019

Lovely tour! It was very interesting, and the places visited were gorgeous. Roberto was a wonderful driver/guide. He did tour in English and German, and did it well. Neither group felt left out. Though there was plenty of walking and going up the mountain, it was not strenuous, and we throughly enjoyed having time to do our own thing.

November 13, 2019


Although we had booked the tour with French commentary, our guide Nuno only spoke Portuguese and approximate English. This would have been ok if he did not excessively concentrate on a group of Portuguese sitting in front and who he apparently knew. 75% of his commentary was in Portuguese, directed at them. The clients who spoke only English missed a lot.

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June 24, 2019

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