Panoramic view: Curral das Freiras, Madeira

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.

Christina Hegele

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  13 comments for “Panoramic view: Curral das Freiras, Madeira

  1. 15 April, 2012 at 14:01

    Madeira is even more gorgeous than I remembered!

    • Christina
      21 April, 2012 at 10:48

      It is. You have to rent a car and drive all over the island.

  2. 15 April, 2012 at 14:03

    I’m so keen on visiting Madeira. Your picture is a good start. BTW: isn’t it peculiar that God and spirits seem to go hand in hand? So many monasteries are famous for their liquors or fine wines.

    • Christina
      21 April, 2012 at 10:49

      Very peculiar indeed 🙂 I guess they have the time and patience it takes to produce great quality liqueurs and wines!

  3. 15 April, 2012 at 14:07

    Fun photo

  4. 15 April, 2012 at 18:30

    This panoramic view feature is pretty cool. Love the shot and the background about the Valley of the Nuns.

    • Christina
      21 April, 2012 at 10:56

      Thanks Cathy. Great app, Photosynth!

  5. 16 April, 2012 at 16:08

    Wow… such fluffy white clouds!

    • Christina
      21 April, 2012 at 10:57

      You know what, I didn’t even realise they were so fluffy when I was there. It was distracted by the depths of the valley from the cliff I was standing on…

  6. 17 April, 2012 at 18:27

    Love the clouds as well!

  7. 18 April, 2012 at 21:28

    You did this with Photosynth? I always had problems with it but I have to try it again

    • Christina
      21 April, 2012 at 10:58

      Yep, Photosynth is great! Try again, it’s fun and the pictures turn out really nice.

  8. 23 April, 2012 at 07:28

    Love Photosynth! You did a great job here. Feels like we’re there ourselves!

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