Cidade Velha City Tour & Fortress

Discover Cidade Velha and enjoy free time at this UNESCO site. Don’t miss the chance to visit the São Filipe Fortress.

  • Learn about the history of Cape Verde.
  • Visit the São Filipe Fortress.
  • Enjoy free time in Cidade Velha.
  • Guided visit of Cidade Velha, a UNESCO-listed city.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Moderate - some mobility needed

  • Duration

    5 hrs 30

  • Max. passengers


  • Booking Code


  • From

    $ 132

  • Notices

    Appropriate clothing, light layers, and comfortable walking shoes.

This tour is a fantastic chance to learn about the history of Cape Verde and to get the feel of the gorgeous Santiago Island and its traditions.

Departing from Port of Praia in the Cidade Velha, you will visit the São Filipe Fortress, built on the orders of Philip I, King of Portugal and Spain.

Here in the village, you will also visit the Pelourinho, a monument to the history of slavery and the slave trade. On the main square, you will have time to grab a refreshment on your own. Before heading back, you will pass by Rua Banana to see old stone houses and visit a local handicraft shop. Enjoy free time to stroll around and relax with views of the ocean from the beach – or 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 clothing, light layers, and comfortable walking shoes.

  • Walking information: Short walk in the city and the fortress on cobblestone and uneven surfaces.

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.