Curral das Freiras (Nuns Valley)

Town in Funchal (Madeira)

Madeira.Curral Das Freiras
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Curral das Freiras, situated in a deep valley resembling a volcanic crater, stands out as one of the most picturesque locations on the island of Madeira. Its unique setting is characterized by towering mountain peaks that embrace the town. Covering an area of 25.07 km² and hosting a population of approximately 2000, Curral das Freiras is the largest parish in the municipality of Câmara de Lobos, boasting a history that spans several centuries.

Curral das Freiras means Nun’s Refuge  The origin of its name dates back to the 16th century when, in 1566, the nuns of the Santa Clara Convent sought refuge here during pirate attacks on Funchal. Curral das Freiras is notable for being hidden between mountains, making it invisible from the sea.

Visitors to this charming town can explore various points of interest, including the 19th-century Church of Nossa Senhora do Livramento and the Eira do Serrado Viewpoint, positioned at an altitude of 1095 meters. Additionally, indulging in local delicacies, with chestnut taking centre stage, is a must.


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Visiting Curral das Freiras (Nuns Valley)

Address: Curral das Freiras, Portugal
Duration: 20 minutes

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