São João do Pico Fortress, Funchal, Madeira

Visit this 17th century fortress and enjoy the excellent views of the city of Funchal from its walls.

Fortaleza de São João do Pico, Funchal, Madeira
Fortaleza de São João do Pico
© Vítor Oliveira

The São João Baptista Fortress, also known as São João do Pico Fortress, is located almost 111 over the sea level, in the city of FunchalMadeira.

This construction was finished in the 17th century to be used as the gunpowder warehouse of the city. Around the middle of 20th century, it became the Navy’s property and the Navy Communication Centre was set up there. Due to the huge number of aerials on its roof, the people started to nickname it Fortaleza do Pico-Radio (Fortress of the Aerial).

Nowadays, it is worth making the effort to visit it and walking along its walls, from where you will enjoy wonderful views of Funchal and the woods surrounding the city.

Inside, it has a little showroom where there is a collection of engravings illustrating the history of the castle.

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Rua do Castelo, Funchal, Madeira.

Ticket price:

Free admission.

Opening hours:

Everyday from 9h00 to 18h00.

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