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Well worth a visit

Always wanted to visit here, did so recently. Great friendly cafe there. Wonderful views looking... read more

Reviewed December 6, 2018
Lymington, United Kingdom
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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 September 19, 2018
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Travessa dos Frias | Sao Pedro, Funchal, Madeira 9000-037, Portugal
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The fort dominates the west of Funchal and is definitely worth the walk. Especially when you can get an excellent drink or light lunch when you get to the top.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Pauline B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

to a lovely n tranquil hilltop fort. Good views although walking up can be an effort but worth it. Access to two of the four bastions and a few paintings of the fort in the past. Most pleasant!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tinkle_24
Reviewed January 1, 2019 via mobile

This fortress goes back to the 15th century and has just be restored, it was the defence system for Funchal. It is a very steep walk to get here and recommend good comfortable shoes. Entrance is free as it is funded by the people of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 6, 2018 via mobile

Always wanted to visit here, did so recently. Great friendly cafe there. Wonderful views looking down towards the port. Very warm the day we visited and a nice cool breeze was much welcome. We enjoyed it, put it on your list.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank promenade39
Reviewed September 19, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Inspire800322
Reviewed August 11, 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.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank 926PaulT
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!

Date of experience: July 2017
3  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.

Date of experience: April 2017
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

Date of experience: February 2017
6  Thank 570mauriceb
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.

Date of experience: January 2017
1  Thank Burtcroghan
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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|
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Response from 570mauriceb | Reviewed this property |
its still closed. they are turning it into a museum. nobody knows when it will be reopened.
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