The municipality of Santana is home to a very special place that offers visitors a trip back in time and stunning scenery.

This is, of course, the Fortim do Faial viewpoint, one of the must-sees on the north coast of Madeira.

Built in the 18th century, this place has a recreational architectural profile.

An incursion into the past complemented by some of the relics present, such as the ten small cannons of English origin once used to defend the site.

The Fortim do Faial was built here with the purpose of facilitating surveillance against invaders.

Today, the space recreates a military battery, semicircular in plan, which follows the profile of the hillside where it is located, with an outer wall.

The lower two thirds are more advanced and the fort still has a stonework capping.

It has therefore been considered a Monument of Local Value since 1996, and is also much visited for its privileged view.

From the Fortim do Faial viewpoint you can see towns such as Faial, São Roque do Faial and Porto da Cruz, as well as the imposing Penha d’Águia and Ponta de São Lourenço.

On clear days, you can also see the island of Porto Santo.

Built in the 18th century, the Fortim do Faial, built to guard against invaders, offers visitors a trip back in time and a wide view of Madeira’s northern coastline.


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