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Review: Curral Das Freiras

Escorted Tour - Coach

Camara de Lobos, Madeira, Portugal

Madeiran wine & chestnuts

  • By SilverTraveller Terry

    113 reviews

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  • October 2018
  • Adult family

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While staying in Madeira we went on a half day tour to Curral Das Freiras or “Nuns Valley”. It was so called because back in 1566 the nuns from Santa Clara convent fled from pirates who were attacking Funchal. The small settlement in the heart of the island is surrounded by spectacular mountains. We were free to explore the village and the ancient church, While we were there the locals were preparing for the annual Chestnut Festival. The event is a big attraction with food, music, dancing and of course wine.

Then the coach took us back to Funchal where we were on a tour of Blandy’s Wine Lodge. Here we heard about the 200-year-old history of wine making in Madeira from the cooperage (barrel making), the whole process of growing grapes to turning them into wine. Then we were treated to a wine tasting. This led of course to the shop where we could buy souvenirs to take home.

All in all, a very pleasant way to experience the culture of Madeira.

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