Nun's Valley

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For today we had booked a 1/2 day tour to the Nun's Valley aka Curral da Freiras. The huge cauldron in which Nun's Valley is sitting was either formed by erosion, which is the more recent theory, or as many still believe, by volcanic activity. The village is very isolated and locals mainly live off what they cultivate. The local chestnuts are delicious and are used in everyday cooking. Every year locals celebrate the 'Chestnut Festival' for which the village is famous.

After boarding the minibus at the Lido we first made our way up to Pico dos Barcelos.
This is a viewpoint at an altitude of 335 metres  showing magnificent view on the south coast of Madeira.

We then made our way via the winding roads and many tunnelsto Eira do Serrado with again beautiful views.

At last we drove down to the Nuns Valley village;  a small village nestling between almost perpendicular mountains in the heart of the island.
We had a bit of time to explore the small church and cemetry and do some souvenir shopping, to finnish off with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice.

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Funchal by night
Funchal by night
photo by: sweettangerine