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

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Scenic and interesting, but visitor experience could be improved

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
Peter S
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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157 reviews 157 reviews
61 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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 

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
53 helpful votes 53 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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Rabat, Morocco
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332 reviews 332 reviews
140 attraction reviews
176 helpful votes 176 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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197 reviews 197 reviews
70 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 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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