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Fortaleza Real de San Felipe

Rua de Forteleza, Cidade Velha, Santiago 7629, Cape Verde
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Nice walk to the top of the hill. It offers great views of the area and the walls are still quite... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2017
Vlad G
via mobile
high above Cidade Velha

Travelling by taxi from Praia it makes sense to branch off to the right first, before descending to... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2017
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Overlooking Cidade Velha, approach from turning on the road from Praia.
  • Excellent34%
  • Very good46%
  • Average18%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Rua de Forteleza, Cidade Velha, Santiago 7629, Cape Verde
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Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Nice walk to the top of the hill. It offers great views of the area and the walls are still quite imposing.

Thank Vlad G
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Travelling by taxi from Praia it makes sense to branch off to the right first, before descending to Cidade Velha proper. Soon one arrives at the Fortaleza de São Filipe. Only here, at a small information center, one can buy a ticket for 500 Esc...More

Thank saronic
Reviewed 29 December 2016

We got offered a lift into Praia by a local couple. Entrance was cheap (10 euros for the 4 of us if I remember right) and would have got us in other historical sites. You have realy nice views over the harbour and see all...More

Thank davethebox7
Reviewed 26 December 2016

This was an interesting visit. This is a Unesco world heritage site. Our guide was very good. We were told lots of information and history. The guide (whose name I have unfortunately forgotten) had lived in Boston ,America for a time and understood how tourism...More

Thank homesteads
Reviewed 8 December 2016

There is no real path to get up from the city (or we haven't found it) but we managed to get up there. It is a nice little hike and you have a view on all of Cidade Velha which is nice. We didn't enter...More

Thank 217fanny
Reviewed 29 September 2016

This was the fortress that defended the first European colony in Africa. The view is amazing and the fortress is very well kept and restored. You can watch a video in English where you buy your ticket. Do spend time walking the ramparts and enjoy...More

Thank AVM2016
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

This was a beautiful experience. After visiting the Pelourinho, the Convento and the churches, we decided to stop here on the way out of Ribera Grande. Entrance fee is 500 escudos per person and includes a 15 minute introduction video. You will then be escorted...More

Thank C G
Reviewed 13 July 2016

This is a must see if in Praia. Give yourself an hour to drive here on your way to or from the airport. As the ancient city was the first city built by Europeans in Africa, it’s worth a visit. There is an ancient fort...More

1  Thank Brooklynite_Abroad
Reviewed 12 June 2016

I've visited this place during my free time while on business trip in Praia. If you're planing a trip to Cidade Velha, you should definitely plan the visit to the fort as well. To get there take a right turn from the main road Praia...More

Reviewed 14 November 2015 via mobile

We arrive to Cidade Velha with a collective bus, it cost 100 CVE each, great experience with local people. Once in the main square we walk up to the cathedral ruins, you cannot see that much here. Then took a street an walk up to...More

Thank Inuitlo
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