Caracterization of Curral das Freiras
Located far away from the sea and protected by high mountains that defend those who live there from invaders, this incredible and amazing place is called Curral das Freiras.
With an area of 25.07 km2, Curral das Freiras is the largest civil parish of Câmara de Lobos municipality.
In fact, the civil parish of Curral das Freiras has a unique location in Madeira Island, on the bottom of a deep valley. The place looks like the crater of a huge volcano. However, its aspect is simply due to the strong erosion it has felt over the years. As such, this is one of the most picturesque civil parishes in the island.
Jardim da Serra, Boca dos Namorados and Boca da Corrida are all places from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Curral das Freiras. Eira do Serrado boasts one of the most beautiful belvederes to gaze upon the beauty of the civil parish, way down, at your feet.
However, even though you can look at Curral das Freiras from above, this does not excuse you from going all the way down to the centre of the parish, where you can visit the mother church and buy handicrafts.
There are pedestrian walks that start from there. You can go for a 16 km hike to Boaventura, which according to the experts, takes you about 8 to 9 hours to walk.
Nowadays, the parish's economy relies on agriculture, as well as on the retail and the hotel and catering industry.
Due to its location, Curral das Freiras has a very hot summer climate and a harsh winter.
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