Eira do SerradoSituated 25 minutes north of Funchal, Eira do Serrado is one of the most beautiful places in Madeira with breathtaking views of its surrounding mountains and the village in Nun's Valley. Descending from the pass you will find Curral das Freiras (Nun’s Valley), a secluded little village located in the heart of the Island where in 16th century Nuns took refuge from the Pirates who frequently attacked Madeira.
Most of the present inhabitants live on the land that produces the chestnut and the cherry; typical and traditional for this area. Many chestnut trees are found growing all around the forest and every year on the 1st of November a Chestnut Festival is held. Many traditional recipes include the chestnut and just about anything can be made with them, mainly a variety of liqueurs, cakes, puddings and soups. Enjoy the many excellent walking routes, great for exercise, clean air and beautiful scenery.
CDM (Centro de Design da Madeira, Lda) offer an excellent Nun's Valley coach tour. If you prefer a longer stay then there is a fine Eira do Serrado Hotel offering superb views.