From Funchal: Nuns Valley, Monte and Sleigh Ride Tour

Activity provider: secretmadeira lda

From Funchal: Nuns Valley, Monte and Sleigh Ride Tour

Activity provider: secretmadeira lda
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Discover the island of Madeira on a sightseeing tour from the capital of Funchal. Journey to Nuns Valley and across to Monte with its breathtaking views.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, Dutch, English, French, German
Pickup included
Pickup and drop-off from Hotels in Santa Cruz, Caniço, Funchal, Câmara Lobos Centre. Pickup for guests from Cruise at CR7 Museum free from Port Fees. Pickup by cruise terminal has an additional cost for port fees. Pickups from Machico, Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol and Calheta have an additional cost of 12€ per person. Guests coming with a rental car for this tour, the bus meeting point will be at Madeira Panoramico Hotel main road.
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Journey through the green mountains and valleys of the west of Madeira
  • Get breathtaking views from one of Madeira's most stunning lookout points
  • Try some of the traditional foods of Madeira, including chestnut cake
  • See where the remains of the last Austro-Hungarian emperor lie in Monte
  • Take a thrilling toboggan ride and experience one of Madeira's oldest modes of transport
  • Discover the stunning scenery of the Nuns Valley
Full description

Depart Funchal and journey to the Pico dos Barcelos to experience one of Madeira's unique viewpoints. Get a breathtaking view of all points of the island, before making your way up to Eira do Serrado.

Admire the surrounding chestnut trees and eucalyptus plants of the natural wonderland. The ancient footpaths are still used by locals and tourists, and the narrow road and tunnels can still be seen. 

From an altitude of 1,094 meters above sea level, see across to the Nuns Valley. Isolated from the rest of the island, the Nuns Valley is surrounded by lava rock and takes its name from the nuns that once inhabited the valley as they fled from pirate attacks during the 16th century.

Try some traditional chestnut cake and pastries only found in the region, along with different traditional liquors. Then, go to Monte, one of Madeira´s old tourist stops, and visit the church where the tomb of the Emperor Charles I of Austria can be found. 

Add a little adventure to the day and enjoy an unforgettable 2-kilometer toboggan ride down the old road of Livramento, where the bus will pick you up at the bottom.

  • Guided tour
  • Sleigh (toboggan) ride
  • Pickup for cruise liner guests from the meeting point at the Cristiano Ronaldo Museum
  • Hotel Pickup and drop-off
  • Free liquor tasting in nuns valley Village
  • Free Entrance to the nuns House and Chestnut Museum
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Pick up at Cruiseliner Terminal (additional cost of €4.50 per person)

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Children under 5 years old can ride on a parent's lap
  • Bookings for one have an additional cost of €10 for the toboggan ride, because a single person occupies the two places
  • There are no discounts for children at this attraction
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4.7 /5

based on 327 reviews

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The whole tour was great! Starting with the driver, who gave a lot of information in German and English, to the Nonnental with an impressive view of the valley. We were the first on the wicker there wasn't a long queue and the 2km long ride was very nice. We also had plenty of time at the various photo stops. The liqueur tasting in Nonnental was also delicious and we took some with us.

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August 2, 2022

Nice friendly guide who speaks several languages. Also willing to take pictures. Furthermore, you get what this tour has to offer. A ride to monte, then down with the sled. On the way they take pictures of you which you can buy at the end for 10eu. Then continue to 2 viewpoints after which you end up in the valley. Plenty of time to look around, before taking the scenic route back to funchal. Guide is willing to drop you off along the way, if you wish.

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July 22, 2022

Arrived the day before yesterday in Madeira, this first half-day excursion gives a first impression of the island from Funchal to Curral d'as Freiras via Monte and its toboggan of wicker sleds, a winding road in the forest towards the belvedere of the Valley of the Nuns. The guide Lucia was able to give us the essential comments in several languages. The descent in a wicker toboggan was also an original experience. Excursion to recommend before moving on to the western and eastern tours!

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July 14, 2022

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