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Sao Tiago Fort

Rua Portao de Sao Tiago 21, Funchal, Madeira 9060-250, Portugal
+351 291 213 348
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Great Views

Striking ancient yellow fort with great views from the turrets of both the sea and the town. You... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Claire M
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Definitely Worth a Visit

This fort is interesting with bright yellow walls and excellent views. The entrance cost was only... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David M
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Rua Portao de Sao Tiago 21, Funchal, Madeira 9060-250, Portugal
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+351 291 213 348
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"yellow walls"
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"museum of contemporary art"
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"impressive building"
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"small exhibition"
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"worth a visit"
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"several levels"
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"zona velha"
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"great photo opportunities"
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"walk around"
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"different levels"
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"interesting visit"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Striking ancient yellow fort with great views from the turrets of both the sea and the town. You can zip round in half an hour or linger as long as you like. Good value at only €3/ adult and €1.50 for our 16yo. Great restaurant...More

Thank Claire M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This fort is interesting with bright yellow walls and excellent views. The entrance cost was only €3 for adults and €1.5 for our 16 year-old daughter. We spent a happy hour wandering around the place and looking at the art exhibition.

Thank David M
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Reviewed 30 June 2018

The São Tiago Fortress was built in 1614 by the command of Madeira’s governor as an answer to the continuous attacks by English, French, Algerian and Turkish pirates, who were attracted to the prosperity of the sugar trade in Funchal. Under its walls there is...More

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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

We found this fort after wandering through the old town. Even though closed - it was Sunday - it was an attractive feature with it's bright yellow walls and interesting architecture. Worth a look!

Thank Michael H
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Ok, so it was only €3, and it is a nice yellow colour, but it could be so much better. You are restricted to a couple of rooms and courtyards, which apart from some old photos are completely empty, no history or background. The rooftop...More

Thank FADEC
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

This is a mostly empty small fort. There are staircases and corner 'turrets' to be explored. There is a small exhibition in some rooms. The main reason to visit for most people (children aside) would be to see the views and to experience the peace.

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

small entry fee for the small fort that is only a shell, however, there are good views from the top.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Very small entrance fee enabled us to explore different levels of the fort. Spectacular views over the sea and Funchal and a very peaceful atmosphere. Restaurant had restricted views so went to have a snack elsewhere but well worth a visit.

Thank jne2647563
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Reviewed 21 February 2018

The Fort is OK, basically a stone shell, and admission includes a very informative sheet on its history. However, the important Museum of Modern Art has been moved out of the Fort to Casa das Mudas in the town of Calheta on the southwest shore...More

Thank indirar474
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

Not sure if it was worth 3euros, it is an empty fort with a few rooms of random art, kind of peaceful and lovely views of the sea and harbour. I suppose the money goes to upkeep, so I do not mind. A photo copy...More

Thank Membio
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