Museu da Resistencia, an old prison camp, is located just outside Tarrafal. The prison camp was built in 1936 to house opponents of dictator Salazar’s regime in Portugal, but later it was also used for the independence fighters from Angola, Cape Verde, and Guinea-Bissau. The prison was closed on May 1st, 1974 – a few days after the Carnation...more
Sao Jorge Dos Orgaos - about 25 kilometres north of Praia - is a small picturesque village located between the mountains on the island of Santiago. The main attraction is the national botanical garden (Jardim Botanico Nacional). Well kept and a very nice place for a walk, some of the flowers are amazingly colourful and beautiful. Going to and from...more
Fort Real do Sao Filipe is strategically located on a hilltop just outside Cidade Velha, and from the top there is a nice view of the town and the canyon of Ribeira Grande...Fort Real do Sao Filipe itself… In the end of the 16th century Cidade Velha was attacked by Francis Drake, and soon after the fort was built to protect the town against further...more
Prainha is the noblest area of Praia; it is here where the two best hotels (Oasis Atlantico Praiamar Hotel and Hotel Tropico), the international embassies, and the more expensive residential houses are located.I stayed at the Oasis Atlantico Praiamar Hotel and had a couple of walks around the area. If you follow Rua do Mar to the end you’ll find...more
Tarrafal is much more than the old prison camp just outside town… OK - I only visited the town on a daytrip from Praia, but found the place to be nice and relaxing. I had dinner at restaurant “Baia Verde”. Good food and a great view of the sea and beach from the terrace. I went for a walk along the beach. To the right of the restaurant the beach...more
Every Wednesday and Sunday there is a local market in the small town of Assomada, about 35 kilometres north of Praia. Vegetables, meat, clothes, household goods, and anything else you can think about...We went for a long walk around the market place. It was very crowded, but there was a nice atmosphere. No pushy vendors or aggressive salespersons,...more
Convento de Sao Francisco was built around 1640, and for nearly 75 years it functioned as a church, a residence of a few Franciscan friars, and a educational training centre. However, it all came to an end in 1712 when French pirate Jacques Cassard almost destroyed the whole place.Today, a part of the old convent is restored and now used for...more
Igreja de Nossa Senhor do Rosario was built in the end of the 15th century. It was before the cathedral was built and at that time it served as the main church for Cidade Velha. Today, it is again the main church and is always full on Sundays. The church has a simple interior and altarpiece, but there are a few tombstones laid in the floor and the...more
The cathedral of Cidade Velha was begun by the third Bishop of Cape Verde, Francisco da Cruz, in 1556, but changes in building plans – and changes of bishops – meant that the cathedral wasn’t completed until 1693.Unfortunately, the life of the cathedral was not very long! It was destroyed by French pirate Jacques Cassard in 1712 - and now only the...more
Cidade Velha was once an important port for trading slaves from Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone to Brazil and the Caribbean.Today, you can still find a reminder of the inhumanity of slavery! The pelourinho, a 16th century pillory which was used for the punishment of slaves, is standing in the centre of Cidade Velha. You might be met by some souvenir...more
Gold coins, bronze items, cannons, guns, a bottle of French cognac, and much more retrieved from shipwrecks around Cape Verde. I spotted a few objects from the Danish vessel, ‘Ernest Schimmelmann’, which was reported lost in 1781 - but there are also objects from ships from Portugal, Spain, Holland, France, and England. Centro de Restauracao e...more
Museu Etnografico da Praia is located on the main street at the Plateau, not far from Praca Alexandre de Albuquerque.The museum displays exhibitions of Cape Verde’s historical, social and cultural past. Most of the artefacts are objects and tools used in daily work, for instance pottery, gourds used as containers, mortars, and baskets…The museum is...more
Praca Alexandre de Albuquerque is a good place to start a sightseeing-tour of the old part of Praia. The square is surrounded by some interesting buildings; Igreja Nossa Senhora da Graca (the cathedral) from 1900, the old city hall built in the 1920s, the Presidential Palace constructed in the end of the 19th century to house the Portuguese...more
From the airport: take a taxi to the market Sucupira in Praia.
From there small buses will leave to all places on the island.
To Tarrafal there are two routes, through the mountains, passing Assomada. Sometimes you have to change bus in Assomada, the driver will arrange this for you.
The other route is along the east coast.
Both are very scenic.
If you ask the busdriver, he brings you to the entrance of your hotel, in our case Baia Verde at the beach.
Santiago is the biggest island of the
Capeverdian archipelago ( 991 km2).
Praia in the south of Santiago is the capital of Cape Verde.
Things to do:
Visit to/stay in Praia ( with a Museu Ethnografica).
Visit Cidade Velha (with the pillar of Pelourinho from 1533).
Walk in the mountains.
Visit the market in Assomada.
Go to the beaches (Tarrafal in the north is nice).