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The São Tiago Fortress was built in 1614 by the command of Madeira’s governor as an answer to the continuous attacks by English, French, Algerian and Turkish pirates, who were attracted to the prosperity of the sugar trade in Funchal.
Under its walls there is...More
Ok, so it was only €3, and it is a nice yellow colour, but it could be so much better. You are restricted to a couple of rooms and courtyards, which apart from some old photos are completely empty, no history or background. The rooftop...More
This is a mostly empty small fort. There are staircases and corner 'turrets' to be explored. There is a small exhibition in some rooms. The main reason to visit for most people (children aside) would be to see the views and to experience the peace.
My self and my wife where celebrating our 40th wedding Anniversary with two friends what a lovely Time we all had . The restaurant supplied a vintage car to collect us from our hotel @ a very reasonable cost and also back to or hotel...More
Very small entrance fee enabled us to explore different levels of the fort. Spectacular views over the sea and Funchal and a very peaceful atmosphere. Restaurant had restricted views so went to have a snack elsewhere but well worth a visit.
The Fort is OK, basically a stone shell, and admission includes a very informative sheet on its history. However, the important Museum of Modern Art has been moved out of the Fort to Casa das Mudas in the town of Calheta on the southwest shore...More
Not sure if it was worth 3euros, it is an empty fort with a few rooms of random art, kind of peaceful and lovely views of the sea and harbour. I suppose the money goes to upkeep, so I do not mind. A photo copy...More