Today’s panoramic view comes to you from Curral das Freiras on Madeira. Curral das Freiras is Portuguese for Valley of the Nuns. Deep in the valley is the village of the same name, which became the permanent refuge of nuns in the 16th century. The latter fled inland when escaping from pirates attacking and plundering the island from Funchal’s coast in the late 16th century. The valley was virtually inaccessible at the time, but provided land for agriculture, enough sunshine and the much sought protection from invaders. They lived in isolation for a very long time and, just to give an example of their remote location, only got TV signal in the late 80s!
Curral das Freiras, the Valley of the Nuns
The Valley of the Nuns is famous for their cherry and chestnut liqueurs and attracts their fair share of visitors, usually half-day trippers from Funchal. Whilst the small village of barely 2000 souls is charming, it is the view from the lookout that is really breathtaking.
Click on the image and drag in either direction to get a panoramic view.