We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Fortaleza Real de San Felipe

Rua de Forteleza, Cidade Velha, Santiago, Cape Verde
Improve this listing
90%
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Overlooking Cidade Velha, approach from turning on the road from Praia.
Write a Review

20 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    10
    8
    2
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Kenwood, California
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tallinn, Estonia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

It was a wonderful place but seems not very popular, because there was so quiet, we didn`t see any people there. Best way to take taxi. It pay approximately 40 euros but taxi-driver wait you and show you a village also. Ticket to the fortress costs 5 euros and guide service is included.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Columbus, Ohio
Top Contributor
241 reviews 241 reviews
100 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

So, I just walked over here from Praia (1.5 breathtakingly beautiful hours) and there wasn't anyone to charge me at the fort, so i just wandered around on my own. The view in every direction was great! I didn't really learn much of the history, because I was wandering around by myself, but it was a stunning place to visit... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Naples, Florida
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

You can do this on your own by public bus from Praia. To get local currency for the bus, just buy a post card or something in Praia. They will take euros and give you the change in local that you can use for the bus. Why would I do it on my own? Because having been to three of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
170 reviews 170 reviews
60 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2009

Recently renovated with Spanish aid and opened by the Spanish Queen. This fort was built as a response to the attack and sacking of Cidade Velho by Francis Drake in 1585. the views from the top are dramatic - especially over the Ribeira Grande valley and town. There is a small museum and visitor centre within the fort. It is... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 6

Travelers who viewed Fortaleza Real de San Felipe also viewed

Tarrafal, Santiago
Cidade Velha, Santiago
 
Cidade Velha, Santiago
Santiago, Cape Verde
 

Been to Fortaleza Real de San Felipe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing