Cidade Velha City Tour & Fortress

Discover Cidade Velha and enjoy some free time at this UNESCO site not missing the opportunity to visit the Fortress of São Filipe.

  • Learn about the history of Cape Verde.
  • Visit the Fortress of São Filipe.
  • Enjoy Free time at Cidade Velha.
  • UNESCO city of Cidade Velha Guided Visit.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Moderate - some mobility needed

  • Duration


  • Max. passengers


  • Booking code


  • From

    99 €

  • Notices

    Appropriate light layered clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

This tour is a fantastic chance to learn about the history of Cape Verde in general and Santiago Island as well as to “feel the flavour” of the fantastic island and its traditions. 

Depart from Port of Praia In the Cidade Velha you will visit the Fortress of S. Filipe, built by orders of Filipe the I, King of Portugal and Spain. 

Here in the village you will also visit the “Pelourinho”, a mark on the history of slavery and the commerce of salves. On the main square you have time for refreshment on your own. Before heading back, you will still pass by “Rua Banana” where you will be able to see the old stone houses and visit a local shop of handicrafts.  Enjoy some free time to stroll around and relax with the views of the Ocean from the beach or just from a Local Bar. 

Practical information: 

  • Language: English (Portuguese, German and French on request). 

  • Included: Traditional lunch with local produce and drinks.

  • Remarks/requirements: Appropriate light layered clothing and comfortable walking shoes. 

  • Walking information: Short walking at the City on cobblestoned surface and Irregular surface as well at the Fortress. 

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.