Sao Joao do Pico Fortress
Sao Joao do Pico Fortress
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nzkiwi99
auckland110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Stunning views, fun walk.
Handy tip: While you're in the area also visit Universo de Memorias Joao Carlos Abreu and Manor Estate of the Crosses Museum (Quinta das Cruzes)... these are about 5 minutes below the fort, and have tea shops (Quinta has a cafe).

This area and Monte Palace are the highlights of Funchal.
Written February 27, 2020
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Manuel P
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg2,098 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Was a interesting challenge to walk from Funchal up to the Fort
The streets are narrow and last 300 meters were steep and under rain.
First castle was built between 1602-1603 and all made of wood.
Current fort was built between 17th and 18th century .
Main objective was to protect the city from pirates.
Written January 5, 2020
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Sam_Beech
Surrey78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
It's a brilliant place with fantastic views over the city and the bay. Definitely worth the effort. Free entry.

The walk up there isn’t too bad if you're fit but it is very steep both on the way up and on the way back down so you might want to take a taxi.

We saw the tuktuk tour up there so it is on their route if you want to do that.

If you do visit here, suggest that you also visit Museu Quinta das Cruzes (the silver and gold in the treasury there is quite a surprise)
Written October 25, 2022
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Richard M
Hampstead Norreys, UK890 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The fort is a fascinating slice of history and there is a lot of informaiton inside. The views across the city are superb and the elevation really gives you a great perspective. It is a bit of a hike up the hill to get there but worth it.
Written October 1, 2022
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Laura T
Middlesbrough, UK7,603 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
A VERY steep walk up from central Funchal. I was heavily pregnant and struggled in the heat, even though we took it very slowly.

A nice small fort to look around, with a very small gallery. Not sure if it is worth the trek out of the main area, but if you have extra time as we did, then the views are very pretty. The fort is free to visit so definitely can't complaint!

Afterwards we had drinks and snacks in the cafe just around the corner, near to the playpark. We recommend Café Fortaleza for very friendly service and delicious cakes.

The fortress is located on a steep hill up behind the city centre. Approx 20 minutes walk, but the path is very steep. The main attraction is the amazing view. The entrance is actually on R. Do Castelo and entry is free. There are toilets.
Written March 15, 2023
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ruthk333
Wigan, UK14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
It’s a steep road up- we enjoyed the views of Funchal and the port. They could do a lot more with the fort and the exhibition… the cafe at Quinta Cruzes on the way down is lovely. An architectural garden and a really really nice cafe.
Written April 8, 2022
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Cherriesfan99
Cheltenham, UK2,176 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We would have been extremely unhappy if we had walked up the very steep hill in the hot sunshine, but commonsense (read laziness) took over and the taxi took the strain. But to no avail, when we arrived it was unexpectedly closed. So we took a look around the side streets , and still manage a glimpse of the fortress, and more significantly the great views.
Written December 7, 2023
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Maurice B
Berlin, Germany558 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Solo
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 so far.
Nevertheless I enjoyed the beautiful view from the newly built terrace.
Written February 3, 2017
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csw c
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
This fortress was opened to the public just recently (last year), and the local government is currently waiting to receive proposals for the renovation of this place. Meanwhile it's open and with free entrance.
Only the surrounding areas are open to the public (the inner and upper part is still not accessible), however they offer amazing views to Funchal and sea, rarely seen even by the locals. It's still off the route of the main tourist attractions so you'll probably find it almost desert or with very few people around. A 20-30mns visit is more than enough to take awesome photos. It's well worth the trip!

Tips: The access road from the Funchal can be quite steep and difficult if you're not in top shape or not on early 20's anymore! You can take the bus 15 from city center which will leave you on top of the hill behind the fortress (you can ask the driver for the correct bus stop, it's just a few meters away!), the entrance is located on the left side of the fortress going through a small street, after visiting the fortress you can just walk down the street and visit many other locations (always going down, not up!), Quinta das cruzes (free, very nice and quiet park, has also museum), continuing down the street, you can see Universo de Memorias Joao Carlos Abreu (left) and Santa Clara Monastery(right), Frederico de Freitas Museum(right), and at the end of the street you can see Aquario Municipal on right and St Peter's church on left side.
Written January 12, 2015
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Asm123
Bucharest, Romania9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Couples
- free entry, not included in tours, ask the locals for "fortaleza do pico" or just point
- stone walls, great views of the city
- small museum inside, explains a bit of history
- not many things to see, 20 min visit is ok
- close to Quinta das Cruzes, so you can include that in a one and a half hour trip
Written August 21, 2012
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