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Quite impressive

Not the most beautiful fortress, but it’s quite impressive and you have a nice view of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Monique E
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Could be so much more interesting

It is not really a disappointment but it could so much more interesting as the available space in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hans V
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Rua Portao de Sao Tiago 21, Funchal, Madeira 9060-250, Portugal
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not the most beautiful fortress, but it’s quite impressive and you have a nice view of the city. There´s a small exhibition with photographs of cultural heritage of Madeira.

Thank Monique E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is not really a disappointment but it could so much more interesting as the available space in and outside was used. In the main building is a exposition of old photos, I do like them, but I prefered more to learn about the fort....More

Thank Hans V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Built in 1614, the structure protected the key port of the island from attacks by the French, English, etc. It was expanded and then further developed once the Brits took control in the 1800's. It is not clear what is original and what has been...More

Thank PhilViking
Reviewed 19 August 2018 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
Reviewed 8 August 2018 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
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
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

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.

Thank 301lisa33
Reviewed 15 March 2018

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

Thank pjdownes33
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