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São Nicolau (island)

São Nicolau (island) – this island contrasts between the picturesque town of Ribeira Brava on the western part (with its colonial architecture and colorful fertile gardens), and the eastern part, whose settlements are more impoverished and barren (reinforced by a ridge of stony mountains and volcanic craters). That side of the island also has numerous […]

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São Filipe (town / Fogo island)

São Filipe (town / Fogo island) – this is the main town on this island, located on the southwestern part of Fogo island, where its airport is also located. With a number of Portuguese colonial structures still found here, Fogo’s volcano is the main attraction here (drawing in a number of eco-tourists who are also […]

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Santo Antão (island)

Santo Antão (island) – unlike some of the other Cape Verdean islands, this one is mountainous with contrasting landscapes. Travelers trekking through this island are like to go from the dry and barren capital (Porto Novo) up to the lush farmed crater of Cova do Paul in the center of the island with its pine […]

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Sal (island)

Sal (island) – this is the first island that has seen tourism development in Cape Verde. Initially a barren island better-known for its salt industry, this island (and its international airport) now boasts many beachside resorts that cater to European tourists. Adventure tourists are attracted to Sal’s windsurfing, especially at Ponta Preta (with various international […]

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Palácio do Povo (Rua Franz Fanon, Mindelo, São Vicente)

Palácio do Povo (Rua Franz Fanon, Mindelo, São Vicente) – this 19th century building was once the Palácio do Governador (Governor’s Palace) whose architectural style is reminiscent of buildings in Goa, India. Its current name translates into “Palace of the People” (in keeping with the socialist government that ruled Cape Verde upon independence from Portugal […]

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Nossa Senhora do Rosário

Nossa Senhora do Rosário Church (Rua Banana, Cidade Velha, Santiago) –this is the oldest colonial church in the world – built in 1493. This building was built in Manueline Gothic style, it was austere and simple, both outside and inside. This church was also used for the burial of local noblemen. This church is still […]

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Museu Etnográfico (Rua 5 de Julho, Praia, Santiago)

Museu Etnográfico (Rua 5 de Julho, Praia, Santiago) – located near Praça Alexandre de Albuquerque, this museum was established in 1997 to illustrate the life of Cape Verdeans throughout history. The over 400 artifacts shown here include objects & tools used by the country’s rural population in its daily agrarian work. Admission: 100 Escudos (free […]

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Museu da Resistência

Museu da Resistência (Tarrafal, Santiago) – originally built in 1936 to detain opponents of Portuguese dictator António Salazar, it ended up housing freedom fighters who were waging wars of liberation from Portuguese colonial rule in not only Cape Verde, but other African colonies like Angola and Guinea-Bissau. This prison, which was shut down after Portugal’s […]

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Mindelo (São Vicente)

Mindelo (São Vicente) – this city is considered the cultural hub of activity and is proud of its rich tradition of music and art. Mindelo is considered the hub of Cape Verde’s emerging music industry (claiming a place in the “world music” scene in Europe and North America). The town retains much of its old […]

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Maio (island)

Maio (island) – named after the month it was first discovered by the Portuguese in 1460, this is perhaps the least-visited island in Cape Verde. This island’s terrain is realtively flat and arid like the islands of Sal and Boavista. Maio’s saving grace is its turquoise blue beaches. Adventure tourists can rent out safari jeeps […]