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Fortaleza Real de San Felipe

Rua de Forteleza, Cidade Velha, Santiago, Cape Verde
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Overlooking Cidade Velha, approach from turning on the road from Praia.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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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.

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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

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Kenwood, California
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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

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Tallinn, Estonia
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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.

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Columbus, Ohio
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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

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Naples, Florida
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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

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Vancouver, Canada
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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

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