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St John the Baptist of Pico Fort
Reviewed 1 October 2013

My visit to St John the Baptist of Pico Fort was not planned I just came upon it by chance. It is situated overlooking Funchal but beware one has to walk up a very steep hill to find this treasure. The afternoon that I visited it I could not find anyone to get information about the fort or pay an entrance fee if required. I just wandered about the grounds and took some photographs undisturbed. The museum was closed at the time of my visit but I enjoyed viewing the historical fortress outside, the draw bridge and the ancient thick walls.
I discovered after my visit that St John the Baptist Fort, also known as Pico or São João do Pico Fortress, was part of the Funchal city defences against attack by pirates. It is thought to have originally been the eastern gate of the city, which was converted into a fort in the first half of the 17th century.
It is occupied by the Portuguese Navy. My visit was enjoyable, the views are great, I would certainly recommend it.

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Reviewed 12 January 2013

You get a wonderfull view over Funchal. Itv was a former convent transformed in a fortress.
Topp recomended to visit when staying in Madeira Island

Thank ArturVictoria
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Reviewed 3 December 2012

It sits up high on the western edge of town and is readily visible from the water. It is a 25 minute walk from the city center. It is steep but not a problem for anybody reasonably fit. The gardens around the fortress are worth visiting.

There is a small museum inside the fortress. The things of interest are the fortress itself and the panoramic views of Funchal and the harbor.

2  Thank wdpmd
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

- 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

5  Thank Asm123
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

Its quite a hike here but the views are worth it. It gets very little publicity and granted there is not much here (a small room of prints and info). But nice for a quiet wander and a good, exhilarating walk.

Thank 187046Caroline
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