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Fortaleza Real de San Felipe

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Address: Rua de Forteleza, Cidade Velha, Santiago 7629, Cape Verde

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

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

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Start your visit of Cidade Velha here, for the views

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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... More 

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Domzale, Slovenia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

I've visited this place during my free time while on business trip in Praia. If you're planing a trip to Cidade Velha, you should definitely plan the visit to the fort as well. To get there take a right turn from the main road Praia - Cidade Velha just before the road starts descending towards the town. There is a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

We arrive to Cidade Velha with a collective bus, it cost 100 CVE each, great experience with local people. Once in the main square we walk up to the cathedral ruins, you cannot see that much here. Then took a street an walk up to the Fortaleza, it's an easy walk and quick. Locals will help you if you cannot... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

Enough of the fort is still there to imagine the history of the past. They also show a video to further enhance it. With the nice views of the old town it is eady to picture the importance of the buildings and all the work that went into it. Well worth the 500 ESC:)

Thank 650KarinB
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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 via mobile

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.

1 Thank Boubouizdacat
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 6, 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 

3 Thank peterquint
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 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.

Thank Ramune T
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.

1 Thank Emily M

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