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Address: Travessa dos Frias | Sao Pedro, Funchal, Madeira 9000-037, Portugal

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Difficult climb, but worth the view

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
stoffelzwvl
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Harelbeke, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 it. Worth a visit if you have a couple of hours free.

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Harelbeke, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 a drink. Fortress itself is closed at 6 though.

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Santa Comba Dao, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars 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 on top of this hills, in the first place to have a defensive position of... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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2 of 5 stars 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.

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Madeira, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars 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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

The Fort in the old town is an excellent restaurant that must be tried at least once when in Funchal. The setting, atmosphere and level of service are excellent. The food is first class, there is a set meal at 42 euros per person that is well worth the outlay. You can pay this sort of price in the old... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

There is a steep walk up to the Fort but it provides excellent views over Funchal. When it opens after refurbishment it should be even better. We certainly will return then. There is a coffee shop at the Fort. The walk back took us through some parts of Funchal we had not seen.

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

If you want a great view over Funchal and don't mind the walk up a steep hill then worth a visit. Unfortunately you can't get inside to look around the fort but we were pleased we made the effort to go up there.

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Oulu, Finland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

We tried to visit the castle at the end of August 2015 but the castle was closed for renovation. So if someone is planning to do the walk up there in the near future, don't bother! Some locals said it would be closed for at least this summer.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

You need to be fit to walk up to the castle, the roads are so steep. We walked up, but saw a lot of people going past us on golf buggies. There was a very welcome bar next to the castle for some much needed refreshment.

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