From Funchal: Nuns Valley, Monte and Sleigh Ride Tour

Activity provider:Secret Madeira Lda

From Funchal: Nuns Valley, Monte and Sleigh Ride Tour

Activity provider:Secret Madeira 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, Portuguese
Pickup included
The pickup and drop-off takes place from hotels in Santa Cruz, Caniço, Funchal, Câmara and the Lobos center. For guests coming with a rental car, 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 577 reviews

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  • Transportation
  • Service
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Sledging great fun, most scary part was looking at the souvenir photos they took of you on the descent! Nuns valley was lovely, I thought we would never get to the top, so high up the mountain, transport on time, it’s usually only other passengers that turn up late! Guide was very good. Recommend this trip

May 1, 2023

Great time on this trip, early up for the toboggan baskets, good viewpoints over Nuns Valley and fantastic free shots of liqueur in the shops, no pressure anywhere to buy any drink. Thanks Thomas, 😁. We were dropped in town to continue our Madeira experience

March 31, 2023

The pickup went very well. Our driver picked us up on time. The basket sledding was fun and exciting. I recommend this tour to everyone, young or old. Our tour guide gave a lot of information about Madeira on the way to the Nunnery Valley. He was very friendly and also funny.

March 24, 2023

Product ID: 92538