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Fortaleza de São Tiago and Museu de Arte Contemporânea

  • Rua do Portão de São Tiago Map It
  • Funchal

Published 03/16/2017

Fodor's Review

The robust yellow fortaleza dates to 1614, if not earlier, when French corsairs began to threaten Funchal's coveted deepwater harbor. Thanks to continuous use—by British troops when their nation was allied with Portugal against Napoléon, and during the visit of Portuguese King Dom Carlos in 1901—much of the military stronghold has been preserved. You can wander around the ramparts, which offer interesting views over the old town and sea below.

A former governor's house inside the old fort has been transformed into the Museu de Arte Contemporânea (MAC Funchal), which has changing exhibitions of works from the 1960s and later, most by local artists. A restaurant in the grounds offers light meals and drinks, with lovely views.

Sight Information


Rua do Portão de São Tiago, Funchal, Madeira, 9060-250, Portugal

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Sight Details:

  • Museum €3
  • Closed Sun.

Published 03/16/2017


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