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Fort Real Sao Filipe

Fort Real Sao Filipe (Cidade Velha, Santiago) – a previous attack on this island by famed English pirate Francis Drake compelled the Portuguese to build this fort in 1590 to defend Cape Verde from attacks from the French and English. Nevertheless, in 1712, French pirate Jacques Cassard managed to successfully attack the fort, leaving Cidade […]

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Fogo (island)

Fogo (island) – this is the most volcanic island in Cape Verde (who main eco-tourist attractions are the great crater of Chã das Caldeiras with its black volcanic moonscape & monstrously contorted lava flows, and the great peak of Fogo do Pico – standing at a height of 2829 m). Its main town is São […]

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Dja’r Fogo (Sao Filipe, Fogo)

Dja’r Fogo (Sao Filipe, Fogo) – this place acts as an art gallery, café, information stop, and starting point for trips around the island. Visitors can sample the local artisanal coffee from the owner’s family plantation. Call for more details, including info on tours around the island: +238 991 9713.

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Cidade Velha (Santiago)

Cidade Velha (Santiago) – this town (which means “old city” in Portuguese) is located 15 km from Praia, and is the oldest settlement in Cape Verde. Cidade Velha acted as the previous capital of Cape Verde, and was best known for Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama stopping here on his way to India in 1497, […]

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Centro Cultural do Mindelo

Centro Cultural do Mindelo (Av. Marginal, Mindelo, São Vicente) – located at a one-time customs house at Mindelo’s port, this center hosts various exhibitions of local art and theatrical productions. Call the Center for info on upcoming events at: +238 987 54 81

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Brava (island)

Brava (island) – this is the smallest of Cape Verde’s islands (with a population of just 4,000).  There are few worthy beaches here, due to its rugged coastline (fringed by steep cliffs).  Eco-tourists may be attracted to its mountainous terrain (with its main town, Nova Sintra) being well into the island and located 520 meters […]

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Boa Vista (island)

Boa Vista (island) – this island is the closest that faces the African mainland (proximate to Senegal and Mauritania). Thus, hot winds from that region tend to reach this island (making it the hottest and driest anywhere in Cape Verde). Boa Vista is known for its white sand beaches (such as Praia da Chave beach, […]

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Yüka

Yüka (Route Express de Gammarth, Gammarth Beach) – this is another new beach clubs popping up in the Gammarth Beach area (located 30 minutes north of the capital, Tunis; or 15 minutes northwest of Carthage). Yüka caters to a young (20-something year old) crowd – playing Hip Hop and international pop music. Bottle service is […]

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Zanzibar Cultural Festival

Zanzibar Cultural Festival – this event takes place towards the end of July each year, shortly after the international ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries. Drawing cultural troupes from different countries and many from Zanzibar, the festival is marked with strong traditional customs and a rich heritage of culture. It is decorated with “taarab” music, […]

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Spice Plantations

Spice Plantations – thanks to Arab traders who settled in Zanzibar, this island became known for its spices internationally for centuries. Exports of spices such as cloves, cardamon, cinnamon, black pepper, turmeric, vanilla, and nutmeg have made this island legendary. Various tour outfits offer visitors the chance to view such items at the source, along […]