About The Valley Of The Nuns Madeira Jeep Tour:
Pay a visit to Madeira's most isolated mountain community on this half-day 4x4 Jeep tour. You'll travel from Funchal into the Valley of the Nuns with your fellow passengers and a number of professional English speaking guides. Some of the island's spectacular valleys feature along the mountainous route, as does its 3rd highest peak and an extensive off-road portion. Finish up with an exploration of Camacha, a little village renowned for its thriving wicker basket industry.
- Friday Mornings.
- Wednesday Afternoons.
- Local English-Speaking Guide.
- Morning: 08:30.
- Afternoon: 14:00
- Funchal Hotels.
- Once you have booked your tour we will message the email address provided asking for the name and address of your hotel in Funchal. We will then pass this information onto the tour operator and return with confirmation once this is done.
- Adult tickets aged 12+ years.
- Child tickets aged 0-11 years.
- Lunch is not included on half-day tours.
Hear tales of local legends, see the workings of local industry, and gaze down in the yawning depths of Madeira's most spectacular valleys. The Valley of the Nuns half-day tour is a partly off-road 4x4 adventure through Madeira's south-eastern mountains. It takes place every Friday morning and departs from a Funchal hotel of your choosing. Join your English-speaking guides and start by ascending to the viewpoint of Pico dos Barcelos. This flora-rich platform offers panoramic vistas of the Bay of Funchal, as well as the city itself and the Desertas Islands farther south.
From here it's northwards towards the Nun's Valley (Curral das Freiras), where an isolated village clings to the steep slopes of a vast mountain range. It was founded in the 16th century as a refuge by nuns from the Santa Clara convent, and remains a highly secluded place to this day. The ethereal sense of other-worldliness you get by staring down into the hazy yonder from Eira do Serrado viewpoint is something that sticks in your mind forever. Be sure to snap plenty of pictures and savour the sights.
The tour's next location, Pico do Arieiro, is no less majestic, as at a staggering 1818 meters it's the 3rd highest peak on the entire island. The descent from Pico do Arieiro towards the tour's final location is conducted off-road and is by far one of the most exhilarating portions on the entire trip. Eventually you'll reach the village of Camacha, place renowned for its traditional wicker basket industry. The tour group will spend some time discovering the local wicker factory before returning to Funchal.