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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 […]

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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 […]