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Nun's valley walk

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Nun's valley walk

Planning to get the no 81 bus up to Curral das Freiras, can anyone advise what is best to do if we want a nice walk. As far as I can work out, we get off before the village, walk down the track and then we can get the bus back from the village at the bottom? How do we know where to get off the bus? Which stop do we ask for when we get on? Is it a reasonably easy walk?

Sorry for all the questions but I couldn't find it on here.

Thanks.

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1. Re: Nun's valley walk

Ah, maybe I've worked it out now. I have to get one of the no 81 buses that stops off at Eira do Serrado (before the tunnel) - currently the 9.00, 10.00 & 11.00 ones from Funchal.

Get off at the big hotel at Eira do Serrado, enjoy the view & then take the path down (4.8km, moderate).

http://tjwalking-madeira.com/nunspath.pdf

Is this right? Any more tips?

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We find the 11:00 bus is the best for timing. Yes, get off at Eira do Serrado - you can't miss it, and the driver will announce it. Walk to the miradouro for a fabulous view, about 5 minutes, then back to the Estalagem for a quick coffee before taking the path down the mountain, which takes about 50 minutes. We always have lunch at Sabores do Curral which is opposite the bus stop, you will find the restaurant has an amazing story which is depicted in newspaper articles on the walls. It's closed Mondays. There should be time for a quick look round the village before catching the bus back to Funchal at about 14:40. If you're in a hurry there's an earlier bus at about 14:00 ish - not sure of the actual time.

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3. Re: Nun's valley walk

Roseandvine,

Is it possible to do a round trip on foot down from the village back to the Estalagem? Preferably a different route to the one down?

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4. Re: Nun's valley walk

No, you would have to walk back up the way you came.

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5. Re: Nun's valley walk

You can take a bus back from Curral das Freiras, getting off at the end of the tunnel, then walk 20 minutes to the right to www.EiradoSerrado.com , but on most days there aren't any buses back to Funchal fom Eira, just from that tunnel.

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6. Re: Nun's valley walk

OK, thank you Roseandvine and Dutchguy.

It will be a bit strange for us, our walking holiday in Madeira this summer; We are so used to doing round trips and covering a rather large area on our +/- 12 to 15 km a day. Now we'll have to get used to doing the same route twice.... Not sure about it.

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7. Re: Nun's valley walk

There are many circular walking routes on Madeira Island, and we rarely have to walk back the way we came. With a good guide book, a map and a bus timetable it's perfectly possible to find circular walks. I'm sure you'll find the island is a walker's paradise.

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8. Re: Nun's valley walk

Thanks for all the help. We did as suggested, 11am bus to Eire do Serrado, arrived in thick cloud, but up at the mirador it was sunny - watched the cloud spilling over the mountain & into the valley - beautiful! We then did the walk down, which was great - yes, it's steep, cobbled & you need a head for heights (although there is plenty of fencing along the side of the path), but the views are amazing. It took us 90 mins to get down as we stopped about every 10 yards to take in the view. A really fabulous walk. We had coffee & chestnut cake at Sabores cafe terrace at the bottom, a quick wander round the village & back on the 14.40 bus (which incidentally, did call back at Eire - there were quite a few people who had left their cars there & done the walk down).

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