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Fortaleza Real de San Felipe

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Address: Rua de Forteleza, Cidade Velha, Santiago, Cape Verde
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Overlooking Cidade Velha, approach from turning on the road from Praia.

Overlooking Cidade Velha, approach from turning on the road from Praia.

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Amazing place that must be visited

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 13, 2015
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 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 the Fortaleza, it's an easy walk and quick. Locals will help you if you cannot... More 

Thank Inuitlo
Oslo, Norway
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36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

Enough of the fort is still there to imagine the history of the past. They also show a video to further enhance it. With the nice views of the old town it is eady to picture the importance of the buildings and all the work that went into it. Well worth the 500 ESC:)

Thank 650KarinB
Yerevan, Armenia
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263 reviews
213 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Historic Portuguese fort high on a hill above Cidade Velha on Santiago Island, Cape Verde. Modest entrance fee included a dated 10 minute video in Spanish, about half of which had subtitles in English. Entrance fee also included a free guided tour by a not-so-official-looking local guy. He took us around the fort and showed us the major buildings and... More 

1 Thank patrickmeyer
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112 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

Seriously, just take the guides tour. Celestino will give you some great insight not only about the fort, but also about the old city and cv history. We were lucky to visit the fort in the afternoon when there was no one else around. Great experience and phenomenal panorama and views.

1 Thank Boubouizdacat
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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205 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I came here during a round-the-island tour with a driver. It is a dramatically situated spot with lovely views, and the fortress itself is attractive with a unique history, but if I could make a constructive criticism, I would say that the video in English was badly translated into a kind of mixture of Spanish and English that was difficult... More 

2 Thank Peter S
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Well to be reached by car. The entrancefee is (comparing to the average pricing-levels of Santiago) too much! 500 escudos p.p. This is 5 times more expensive than the entrancefee of the concentration camp (historic site) close to Tarafal. The outside of the fortress gives you the feeling there is much to see insite in. No way! An empty open... More 

3 Thank peterquint
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

It is worth climbing up just for the view. And it is totally safe: although the little streets are winding all the directions, local people will always show you the way up.

Thank Ramune T
Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

We arrived and paid the 500 escudos each, then there was a short video available in many languages that gave a brief history. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful.

1 Thank Emily M
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56 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I did not enter the fort, as we were not interested in paying 500 escudos. I visited Santiago with a friend and as students, we wanted to day everything low cost. We took a guide (Ariano), who approached us on the street in Praia. He speaks fluently French, but not English. With him, we took a taxi-van. We fitted 21... More 

1 Thank Elisabeth C
Kenwood, California
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61 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This fort was built by the Portugese around 1590 and sits on top of a hill that is above the "old city" and original capital of Cape Verde. The fort has been reconstructed in many areas more recently to give a good perspective on what the fort would have been like in earlier times but had fallen into disrepair. The... More 

1 Thank Rob C

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