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

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Recommended visit to this historic Portuguese fort. Good, short guided tour included in entrance fee.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Yerevan, Armenia
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Yerevan, Armenia
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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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

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.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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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 

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 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 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 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.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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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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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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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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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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Rabat, Morocco
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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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