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Best done on tour. Would be very difficult on your own. Nice views for photo ops. Wear comfortable... read more

Reviewed June 23, 2018
Los Angeles, California
Centuries of history and sweeping views

While more of a site than a sight today, with just the one information board outside, this is a... read more

Reviewed May 28, 2018
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Overlooking Cidade Velha, approach from turning on the road from Praia.
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Reviewed June 23, 2018

Best done on tour. Would be very difficult on your own. Nice views for photo ops. Wear comfortable shoes.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed May 28, 2018

While more of a site than a sight today, with just the one information board outside, this is a good place to come to with a guide or having read up on the place. It's a very impressive structure with an intriguing history and offers...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

Interesting place and great views. Enjoy the walk down into the small beautiful village by the sea. And eat well there

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed April 24, 2018

it was quite along drive to the Fort from Praia. Been to tons of Forts all over the world and thus this one isn't an outstanding one from that point of view. But don't let that deter you. There are nice views of the valley...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Marion W
Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

We were taken here during our tour. It was approached up a stone road and stood on the hill. Needless too say much of it had gone or was reconstructed. The fort I found unremarkable as the only remaining building was the tower to collect...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank DavidA200
Reviewed January 15, 2018

The fortress has been reconstructed to a good standard. There is a 15 minute video about the fortress and other places in the old capital which is good. Look for the cannon made in tudor England which came from Drake's ship. An impressive place to...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed December 18, 2017 via mobile

When you go with a guide you will be told the whole historic background of this fortress. Interesting to know howthe old city was protected and rebuild

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed December 15, 2017

Very nice visit and I recommend hiring the local tour guide to walk you through the fort and explain the history of the area.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed April 17, 2017 via mobile

Nice walk to the top of the hill. It offers great views of the area and the walls are still quite imposing.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank kingofthepongo
Reviewed January 5, 2017

Travelling by taxi from Praia it makes sense to branch off to the right first, before descending to Cidade Velha proper. Soon one arrives at the Fortaleza de São Filipe. Only here, at a small information center, one can buy a ticket for 500 Esc...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank saronic
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