Ilhado Fogo Travel Guide

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    by ValbyDK Updated Jul 29, 2012

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    Casa da Memoria is a small museum in the centre of Sao Filipe. It is housed in a former merchant's house which was built in 1820. The museum shows exhibitions about the local history and culture: A couple of rooms filled with old furnitures, decorative objects, and household objects. In a small courtyard is a small traditional Fogo house, it is called a Funco and is built of volcanic stones. In the courtyard there is also planted a few local plants and flowers. A different section of the museum contains a library with more than 400 books and documents about the history of Fogo and Cape Verde in general.

    I spent some time watching a documentary about the volcano eruption in April 1995. Quite interesting, but don’t know if it is part of the permanent exhibition...

    Casa da Memoria Casa da Memoria Casa da Memoria
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    by ValbyDK Updated Jul 29, 2012

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    The old centre of Sao Filipe, called Bila Baxo, is a nice place for a walk. Cobbled streets, old colonial houses, small squares decorated with monuments of old (unknown for me) Portuguese heroes, and the seafront promenade with great views of the sea, the cliffs, the black sand at the beach, and of Fogo’s neighbouring island, Brava.

    In the centre of town you’ll also find the most important catholic church of the town. It is Nossa Senhora da Conceição which was built at the end of the 19th century. I didn't go inside so can't give any information about the interior… You can also walk by the old fortress Fortim Carlota. It original dates from 1667. Only a part of the fortress remains today, and it was used as a prison until 2005. I was told that the prison was closed down because the inmates used to shout at the people walking by, but don't know if it is true…

    The Old Fortress/Prison Nossa Senhora da Concei����o The black sand One of many small squares The Brava Island
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    I booked a half-day ‘around the island’ tour through the Colonial Guesthouse, and it was a great experience. We were driving in an open jeep, more or less following the coastline around the Cha Das Caldeira volcanic crater. We passed small local villages, farmhouses, remains of old lava streams, and several spots with a good view of Pico de Fogo...

    Our driver made a couple of stops during the tour. First at a viewpoint just outside Mosterios (in the north) and from there was a great view of the sea and Mosterios town. The area around Mosterios was the more tropical part of the island of Fogo, and here we also visited a small farm where the owner showed us around and told us a little about the crop (coffee, bananas and vegetables)...

    Pico de Fogo Old lava stream Mosterios viewpoint
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