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

From US$ 34.31 per person

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
Customer reviews

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4.7 /5

based on 363 reviews

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Booked this tour online so when we arrived at the port, we only had a brief walk to catch the mini bus. Our driver was awesome; navigating the bustling streets and picking up our toboggan tickets while we made quick tour, then, off to Nuns Valley and gorgeous scenery. A great program and lots of information!

August 25, 2022

The trip to the Nonnental was perfect. When we arrived, just before 12:00, the sun was shining brightly and we were able to take some very nice photos. Half an hour later the mountain was in the clouds and you couldn't see anything. Crazy this difference. Our guide (Lucy) explained to us that this is usually the case and that is how she plans the tour. Thank you : ) So our tip to others: make sure that you are on the mountain before 12:00 p.m. to enjoy the beautiful view of the Nonnental.

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August 20, 2022

Due to 2 cruise ships in Funchal, with passengers who want to access the “common highlights”, the waiting time for the basket sled ride from Monte was quite long at around 1:30 hours for a maximum of 8 minutes. constant descent! But the wait in the shady garden environment with nice small talk was okay and the basket sled descent was a nice, funny experience! Toni, our bus-driving guide, provided interesting and entertaining information about the area!

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August 19, 2022

Product ID: 92538