Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande

Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande

Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD9,101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We took a taxi(3,500 escudos) at 08:50 AM for a 30 km circuit to this port village, returning to our Praia hotel at 10:30AM.
The morning scenery from the 1593 royal fortress was outstanding to include the canyon behind and its long view of the island center’s 4,567’ Pico d'Antonio.
Below, parking in sight of the 1520 pillory, the sleepy village was just coming alive as we walked around to take photos of the 1657 Sé Cathedral Ruins, up picturesque Rua Banana(traditional homes) to the pretty tile interior of the 1495 Nossa Senhora do Rosário.
The wikipedia article, Cidade Velha, rounds out the historical appreciation of this important UNESCO preservation as “a key port of call for Portuguese colonization and its administration of international maritime trade, included in the routes between Africa and the Cape, Brazil and the Caribbean.”
Written November 4, 2022
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amha_z
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia420 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The old city Cidade Velha is not far from Praia. It is about 10 - 15 KM. I arranged a tour and transportation with a tour guide to visit the old city and other places and the price was reasonable. My tour started from touring the fortress built by the colony on top of the hill. Before visiting the inside part of the fortress, you pay about $5 as entrance and watch a video about the fortress and the city. Then, you enter inside and see where the slaves where imprisoned and the soldier's quarter. Also, you see various canons that were kept to defend any enemies. After this visit, you go down to the city and see old church that is ruined. Finally, you will visit old houses that are intact and still in use and in the center of the city, various handicraft local made souvenirs are available if you want to buy some. In general, one must visit the old city if you come to Praia and you will get adequate information about the history of Cabo Verde.
Written January 1, 2020
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CrisCiu
Bucharest, Romania26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
After landing în Praia, Santiago we took a taxi to Cidade Velha. We found a small village where time stood still. You are waiting for pirates to come. The marks of slavery are everywhere. Is like a movie, where you are the actor.
Written January 9, 2019
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SheilaW34
Corralejo, Spain9,069 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
We aren't too mobile so didn't attempt to do everything. We arrived by taxi (€10 for quite a long trip from Praia) and got an information leaflet from the local tourist office in the main square (for a very small fee), had an amble around the square, and investigated rua banana, That was all apart from the restaurant time detailed below. To get back to Praia we crammed into a "colectivo" and had a fun and interesting trip for 100 CVE (€1) each.

Rather than go to one of the bar/restaurants right on the beach (one with a monkey tied up that tourists were taking selfies with - not our cup of tea at all), we decided to brave some stone steps at the far W end of the beach for a better view. How glad we are that we did! The proprietress is French, but she has a little English as well as Portuguese. After a couple of drinks we decided to stay for lunch. There was very limited choice and we were warned it would take some while, and it certainly did - this is no fast-food restaurant! We had bread and two lovely sauces (one dangerously spicy, the other superbly garlicky) while waiting, followed by chicken in a tasty coating with assorted steamed local veg. We had a couple of carafes of red wine with it, and coffees, and were there probably three hours in total. The bill was absurdly low - about €30!
Written January 3, 2019
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TravelinAlan
Los Angeles, CA1,960 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
World Heritage site for a reason. Long, interesting history. When you go, make sure you have a guide. Would be very difficult on your own.
Written June 23, 2018
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Javier G
268 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
There are few historic sites around; maybe this is the only one. There is not much information about it.
Written March 26, 2023
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babamar
Lausanne, Switzerland291 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is a must-visit place, since it is the ancient capital...
It is easily accessed from Praia and therefore there are lots of tourists...
Good restaurants close to the beach and nice handcrafts market.
Written April 14, 2020
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phutty
Tallinn, Estonia1,375 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
The one-time capital of Cabo Verde and the earliest European settlement in Africa, Cidade Velha is UNESCO-listed and for good reason: from the fort on top of the hill down to the old town below, it is full of history and offers plenty to learn and explore. Given time I imagine it will get what it needs - a fully marked 'tourist trail' leading you to all the important points - but for now part of the fun is simply strolling its streets and along the ribeira and seeing what you find.
Written May 28, 2018
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128jude
Gravenhurst, Canada49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
Well worth visiting,and accessible by local bus from praia. On Sunday and cruise ship days only, a small market is open.The town is walkable, but the street are cobbled. The restaurants are at the sea front and it is very pleasant to sit and have a meal overlooking the sea.
Written April 17, 2018
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Michele C
Isle of Wight, UK717 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
Although there are lots of excellent tours available with a local guide I took a aluguer from Praia & back. Considering it is the birthplace of Cape Verdeans & now a UNESCO World Heritage site it is very low key. I had a good explore around the village including the ruined cathedral, the ribeira, back streets & the Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosario. I should have got off at the fort & walked down the road! Had a lovely lunch at one of the cafes on the seafront. Allow at least 2-3hrs.
Written January 4, 2018
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