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Worth the stop!

We went with our guide and it was a lovely spot to stop and enjoy the view. My boys enjoyed hearing... read more

Reviewed August 5, 2018
Toronto, Canada
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Amazing view off the beaten track

The Lock on the gate was sawed off when we showed up so we got to climb up to the top! Windy but... read more

Reviewed July 26, 2018
Boston, MA
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Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

We went with our guide and it was a lovely spot to stop and enjoy the view. My boys enjoyed hearing about the history of the tower, how it was a lookout and warning tower to alert nearby villagers of approaching pirates. So cool!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Rose38X
Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

The Lock on the gate was sawed off when we showed up so we got to climb up to the top! Windy but amazing views of both Vila Franca and the Furnas lake. Went in late afternoon when sky was clear. Parked just off the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 4, 2018 via mobile

I chose to follow a secondary road on the map on the way to the tea plantations and so glad I did. Lovely views over Furnas Lake, peaceful and nice photo opportunities. Best to park at the entrance and walk the rest of the way...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank tom_overing
Reviewed May 29, 2018 via mobile

I ended up finding Castelo Branco in my way to Furnas. I parked at the bottom of the hill and walked up. The day was overcast and a bit rainy, however, as I climbed to the top, I was rewarded with a spectacular view. Well...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Mrsbrant
Reviewed May 27, 2018

Tiny tower on the top of the hill with suberb views of Lagoa da Furnas. You can park on the roadside or drive up some 100 metres on the dirt road. It's absolutely free to visit so you can go there anytime.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank monaHungary
Reviewed October 29, 2017

If you're on your way to or from Furnas make sure to spare a few minutes to go here. It was used as a pirate view point I believe, and the views are just incredible.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank SidiousB
Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile

Take the winding road up to the tiny castle (not white any more!) Amazing lookout point over the lake, and the gate of the castle door was not locked so we climbed the stairs to the roof. Little gem!

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank SarahAndTerry
Reviewed June 26, 2017

A nice little place to stop along the way to Furnas. We took the highland road from Maia and just happened upon it. Great views and we had the place all to ourselves

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank wrhoades4321
Reviewed May 21, 2017

If you are on your way to or from Furnas on the lower highway, this is a great place to stop. It's easy to get to, and doesn't take long, maybe 10 minutes tops. Incredible view. Look for the signs that say "M do C....More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank superdeluxe23
Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

This place is a gem. Easy to get to, fun to explore, and great views from both below and up top. The gates were open when we went by so I don't know if it ever closes (there was no one around). Worth checking out...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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