Fortaleza Real de San Felipe

Fortaleza Real de San Felipe

Fortaleza Real de San Felipe
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Overlooking Cidade Velha, approach from turning on the road from Praia.
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Rita593
Lisbon, Portugal306 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Access is easy by car, a few hundred meters from the main road. The walls of fort itself are well preserved and imposing on the top of the hill.

Views to the city and bay are beautiful. It was however closed on a time when it should have been open!
Written September 3, 2023
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RafikiLondon
Hong Kong, China531 contributions
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 possible to walk down from the fort into the town. But the inhabitants of Cidade Velha appear to use the lower portions of this walk as a dumping ground and open toilet - so if you are squimish I don't recommend it.
Written January 18, 2009
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Kiu K (⚡🛫 Blitz Trips Lover!🛬⚡)
Palma de Mallorca, Spain422 contributions
Feb 2019 • Solo
The fortress is on the way to Cidade Velha. The entrance fee is CVE 500 (EUR 5) and you can use the same ticket to visit São Francisco convent afterwards.

The site has a little interpretation museum at the entrance.... good to understand a little bit about this place. The fortress itself is... well, an empty fortress. Just the ones you can visit throughout the Balkans (Skoder, Belgrade, Skopje...)

Views are not really impressive either. The cistern is worth, though. Not a place I would recommend but... what else to do while in Santiago?
Written March 3, 2019
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peterquint
Nijmegen, The Netherlands99 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
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 space with very few remains of the walls of some buildings and one little building/prison.
The view from the walls is great. That is the best part of it. Do visit the beach and the village of Cidade Velha after this visit. It will make your tour to this part of the Island very much worthwhile and is an excellent compensation comparing to the poor experience inside of the fortress.
Written January 7, 2015
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Elena
Aubagne, France111 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Visit this site is like a jump in the history and it helps to better understand the culture of Cabo Verde.
Slavery is a big slice of this country past along with the fights against pirates and others Europeans country fleets.
A stop is recommended even though the place cold be in a better state, with more panels for example.
The views are stunning for photos lovers.
Written December 25, 2019
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PCS2401
Birmingham, UK294 contributions
Jan 2015 • Solo
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 to understand, so it needs to be redone by a professional translator. The visitor experience could be improved with more information, displays, exhibits etc. But the place has a unique and interesting history and is well worth a visit during a stay on Santiago island.
Written January 22, 2015
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CDMG123
Cairo, Egypt633 contributions
Feb 2014 • Solo
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 nevertheless.
Written February 23, 2014
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Sam J
Naples, FL251 contributions
Dec 2013 • Couples
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 the islands recently, my experience is that some (not all) of the tour companies are charging way too much for what they are offering, especially in comparison to similar services in Europe and/or the United States.
Written December 26, 2013
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Brooklynite_Abroad
New York City, NY3,014 contributions
Jul 2016
This is a must see if in Praia. Give yourself an hour to drive here on your way to or from the airport. As the ancient city was the first city built by Europeans in Africa, it’s worth a visit. There is an ancient fort built atop a hill overlooking the old town with an amazing view up and down the ravine/valley next to which the old town was built, as well as an amazing view out to see. There is no need to pay to enter the fort, but a look from its walls was nice. Continue down into the town to see the ancient slave whipping post, an ancient street dating back to the 1400s, ruins of the first cathedral in Africa, and the oldest remaining and operating church in Cape Verde.
Written July 12, 2016
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PatrickM_Travels
Almaty, Kazakhstan1,808 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
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 dwellings and also gladly took some group pictures for us. We tipped him an extra couple dollars. The view from the fort is quite amazing. Definitely a worthwhile stop.
Written August 22, 2015
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