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Unexpected gem - and open!

After a 1.2 km workout climbing steeply up from the town centre the fort provides a fantastic... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Castle closed but excellent views.

Unfortunately the castle is currently closed and I cannot find any information about an opening... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2018
Northwich, United Kingdom
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4 weeks ago
“Unexpected gem - and open!”
11 Aug 2018
“Castle closed but excellent views.”
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Travessa dos Frias | Sao Pedro, Funchal, Madeira 9000-037, Portugal
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a 1.2 km workout climbing steeply up from the town centre the fort provides a fantastic viewpoint. The building was open and free to go around. There is a small, interesting exhibition room with pictures and a short history of the fort. Otherwise, although...More

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Reviewed 12 August 2018

Unfortunately the castle is currently closed and I cannot find any information about an opening date. Nonetheless the views over Funchal from the walkway in front of the castle are spectacular and the nearby cafe is a welcome diversion after all that climbing.

Thank 926PaulT
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

As noted by others the fort is closed. The views at the top are worth the climb though and if you have young children there's a little play area next to coffee shop. We climbed up for morning coffee and cake!

2  Thank CaptainBlackmore
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

A steep climb, although one can also go via the roads in either side (we did this bc of stroller). Very nice view, but unfortunately still closed with no explanation.

1  Thank erikthal
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

After a long walk up the hill I figured out that the fortress is temporarily closed. The waitress in the lovely café behind the fortress informed me that the local government wants to turn it into a museum. The date for the reopening is unknown...More

6  Thank Maurice B
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

It's a very steep climb to the fort and unfortunately it isn't open at the moment due to restoration, it would have been nice if some information had been advised before the walk to it.

1  Thank Burtcroghan
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

After a long, steep climb up to the fort we found out it is closed for renovation - even though there is no notification of this anywhere, found out from the waitress at the cafe which is open and serving drinks and food.

2  Thank N H
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Stunning views of Funchal, a little bit of history as you walk round this fort, be aware it's not open to look around inside but there is a nice coffee shop at the top after you have walked up the very steep pathways to reach...More

Thank Adrian B
Reviewed 12 August 2016

If you want to visit this fortress you can take the car or go by foot. It's a good walk from the center of Funchal to this place, but the views are superb! There is a good place to have a quick bite or have...More

Thank Christophe W
Reviewed 2 July 2016

The fortress of “São João Baptista do Pico” is situated on the height called “Pico dos Frios” which is in the location of “São Pedro” in Funchal, and it was at a few minutes’ drive from our hotel “Four Views Bahia”. The fortress was built...More

1  Thank Hans G
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Lizzie D
22 September 2017|
Response from CaptainBlackmore | Reviewed this property |
Buses go up the main dual carriageway to west of fort. These leaves you at bottom of the hill though with a big climb. Depends how fit you feel! Alternatively walk up from old town or get a taxi for a few Euros...
Enis M
24 January 2017|
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Response from Maurice B | Reviewed this property |
its still closed. they are turning it into a museum. nobody knows when it will be reopened.
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