We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

St John the Baptist of Pico Fort

Travessa dos Frias | Sao Pedro, Funchal, Madeira 9000-037, Portugal
Review Highlights
Closed fort but fine views

As noted by others the fort is closed. The views at the top are worth the climb though and if you... read more

Reviewed July 22, 2017
Leicester, United Kingdom
via mobile
Still closed

A steep climb, although one can also go via the roads in either side (we did this bc of stroller... read more

Reviewed April 21, 2017
via mobile
Read all 62 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent24%
  • Very good40%
  • Average25%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“fine views” (2 reviews)
“worth a visit” (2 reviews)
Travessa dos Frias | Sao Pedro, Funchal, Madeira 9000-037, Portugal

Similar Things to Do in Funchal

Write a ReviewReviews (62)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 30 reviews

Reviewed July 22, 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!

Thank CaptainBlackmore
Reviewed April 21, 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 February 2, 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

5  Thank Maurice B
Reviewed January 5, 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 December 13, 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 August 13, 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 August 11, 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 July 2, 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 Amazon122s
Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

We tried to visit this attraction... But it is closed... Surroundings inspire potential and the nearby cafe is great. It has a small children's park.

1  Thank ILikeThisOne
Reviewed February 24, 2016

Really not much you can see in the fort. But the views over Funchal city are spectacular. Also a nice cafe/bar on the same location.

2  Thank bublik2
Nearby HotelsSee all 154 hotels in Madeira
Funchal Design Hotel
119 reviews
.15 miles away
Gordon Residencial
24 reviews
.15 miles away
Apartamentos Sao Paulo e Alegria
189 reviews
.15 miles away
Four Views Baia
842 reviews
.19 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
Regional Flavours
179 reviews
.28 miles away
Indian House Restaurant
569 reviews
.28 miles away
Trigal Restaurant
198 reviews
.24 miles away
Castelo dos Hamburguers
169 reviews
.12 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Panda 4x4 Tours
5 reviews
.34 miles away
Universo de Memorias Joao Carlos Abreu
135 reviews
.20 miles away
Frederico de Freitas Museum
217 reviews
.28 miles away
Manor Estate of the Crosses Museum (Quinta das Cruzes)
234 reviews
.14 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Lizzie D
September 21, 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
January 23, 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Maurice B | Reviewed this property |
its still closed. they are turning it into a museum. nobody knows when it will be reopened.
Google Translation