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The Valley of Nuns , The village of Curral das Freiras , Portugal
The village of Curral das Freiras

Curral de Freira is surrounded by mountains and takes its name, which means 'Valley of the Nuns', from the nuns who took refuge there in the 16th century.

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The Valley of Nuns Portugal
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover The Valley of Nuns

Curral das Feiras or the "Valley of Nuns" is a splendid valley hemmed in between mountains where some 5,000 people live in a village bearing the same name. Following an attack on the convent of Funchal, the nuns sought refuge in this remote area of the island, hence a village was born. Here, each person keeps a kitchen garden. Food specialities are the morello cherry and chestnut liquors. So far, access to the area has been long and tedious, the road is now tarred and the landscape is worth a stopover.

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The Valley of Nuns

The Valley of Nuns , Portugal
The Valley of Nuns © Tetyana Bondar / 123RF
The Valley of Nuns , Portugal
The Valley of Nuns © Armando Frazão / 123RF
The Valley of Nuns , Portugal
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The Valley of Nuns , Portugal
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The Valley of Nuns , Portugal
The Valley of Nuns © Armando Frazão / 123RF
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