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Konzentrationslager Colonia Penal de Tarrafal

Chao Bom, Tarrafal, Santiago 7110, Cape Verde
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Impressive and worth a visit

Impressive part of cabo verde's history with some english information. You don't need the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Pjotr R
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The Netherlands
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Worth going if you don't mind not having a tour

The concentration camp was not at all busy the day we went. There was a fruit seller trying her... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2017
Lucy C
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Chao Bom, Tarrafal, Santiago 7110, Cape Verde
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Impressive part of cabo verde's history with some english information. You don't need the information to feel the impact this prisson/camp had...

Thank Pjotr R
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

The concentration camp was not at all busy the day we went. There was a fruit seller trying her luck at the gate trying to charge us 200 escudos but we realised there wasn't an official entrance ticket booth. It's very basic as it hasn't...More

Thank Lucy C
Reviewed 22 July 2017

1. It costs 100 to get in. There was no tour guide when I went, but supposedly, there is one and it is at no charge or a very small one. 2. The museum itself is still in the works. There were some English writing,...More

Thank Kazumoto N
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

We visited this place during a week long stay in Tarrafal. Grim and haunting - this is where portugal locked away dissidents during colonial times. Not terribly well curated or presented but still worth visiting when you are in the area.

Thank alex w
Reviewed 17 January 2017

There isn't a great deal to see, but if you read the information ( which does have English translations) and go inside the buildings it is fairly easy to imagine and piece together the horrible history in this 'Camp of Slow Death'.

1  Thank UKbadiabranca
Reviewed 8 January 2017

One of those places you will never forget. You cannot think of such an awful place to have been still operating 40 years ago. A never closed wound, teaching so much.

1  Thank roseglobe
Reviewed 30 December 2016

For people interested in colonial history the two main sights in the Cape Verde are both on the island of Santiago: one, Cidade Velha, deals with the beginning of this period, the other, the Tarrafal Concentration Camp, with its end. Each of them is fascinating...More

1  Thank saronic
Reviewed 10 April 2016

Interesting review of political history of Cape Verde short history before and after independence. Several rooms with pictures and briefs about the Islands history.

Thank MarcoCVerde
Reviewed 30 January 2016

There is not much to see and you need to understand Portuguese to read the papers on the walls that tells the story of the people, nevertheless imagine how it must have been for them who where locked here

Thank Mirjam L
Reviewed 16 November 2015 via mobile

This place is really interesting and a good chance to show Cabo Verde history to visitors. HOWEVER they are not making the most with this opportunity. Ticket fee is 100CVE, and you get what you pay for. There was a lot of information in the...More

Thank Inuitlo
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