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Forte Sao Jose

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Unusual, quirky, eclectic!

We decided to give this a try as we were in the area after having visited the CR7 museum. It was... read more

Reviewed August 2, 2017
London, UK
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The Smallest Country In The World....Apparently!!!

Located just at the start of the approach to the cruise ship terminal, this basic and bonkers... read more

Reviewed July 17, 2017
Reading, United Kingdom
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good51%
  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
25 Aug 2017
“Good food”
20 Aug 2017
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Rua do Marques do Funchal | Dockside at the Harbour, Funchal, Madeira 9000-083, Portugal
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed August 13, 2016

It was totally unexpected discovery, but when we found and familiarized with this place - it made this holidays best in our life. Full story can be found on official web page of Forte Sao Jose, while the idea is that it is a smallest...More

3  Thank ArkadiuszAGL
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Reviewed July 27, 2015 via mobile

I can only say that I gave a kiss, a simple kiss, and a woman of the staff asked us to leave. That's because it's a gay kiss. I won't comment anymore, it speaks for itself. Oh, and they ask to give a compulsory "donation"

2  Thank Lele88g
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Reviewed August 25, 2017 via mobile

Friendly owner. Good food. Nice ambience. Quick service. After the meal we were given free Taste of Madeira wine and desserts each. Yumm!

Thank Ally D
Reviewed August 20, 2017 via mobile

No words can explain this place. Unique, quirky, you must visit especially for the interesting swimming pool!!!!

Thank Mandula
Reviewed August 2, 2017 via mobile

We decided to give this a try as we were in the area after having visited the CR7 museum. It was the oddest place we have been too! But also interesting & quiet. We didn't meet the Prince but a young girl on arrival who...More

1  Thank SHE2005
Reviewed July 17, 2017

Located just at the start of the approach to the cruise ship terminal, this basic and bonkers little place offers a good view and some quirky reading matter. It's free to enter but they just ask for a small donation. Benches on top so you...More

Thank DJofReading
Reviewed July 14, 2017

A little hidden gem in a port of Funchal - nothing directs you here, probably because the owner of the this little 'island' is not too keen on the Portuguese authorities. If you walk to the far end of the port you find a small...More

Thank Q0FE
Reviewed June 15, 2017

Not very big ,lots of steps , free but asked for a donation as it is a private property Funny signs around to read and enjoy

Thank Paul H
Reviewed June 10, 2017

Situated near the port it was worth climbing to the top to see a great view entrance fee was by donation pleased l made the effort

Thank David A
Reviewed June 8, 2017 via mobile

Amazing little place. Great find. Beautiful views from the top. Lots of interesting history. Thought it was a cafe on top but not! Advise to take water with you to refresh !!

Thank Natshore
Reviewed May 4, 2017

We found this place as we were walking back to our cruise ship. The views from the top of the "fort" are spectacular but the fort itself is a weird place. It looks as though it should be condemned for demolition. You are even told...More

Thank IAG2608
Reviewed March 29, 2017

This is the first time that we visited the location, which is set near the main port of Funchal. It has stunning views in all directions from the upper floor, it seems that it was established by the British in 1419 and it is quite...More

1  Thank hristopher J
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