After carrying out a full working day Santiago Island Tour in addition a workshop, I had a second working day properly put in! I’m even now in Santiago in Cape Verde, and this time, I explored the highlights of Cidade Velha, the country’s previous money.

This unforgettable working day was fun and remarkable, all thanks to Bu Nation Tours and Maria – my tutorial and my photographer that day! Haha. Men, she will take good pics! Alright, without having more ado, here’s how I invested my next day in Cidade Velha with Bu Nation Tours.

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About Cidade Velha

Cidade Velha is a town in Santiago. It is found on the southern aspect of the island. Given that it is the former cash of Cape Verde, there are a great deal of spots that can be explored below which I will share with you beneath. 

Highlights of My Cidade Velha Tour

Cidade Velha – now declared a Entire world Heritage Website by UNESCO – with all its sights ought to surely be frequented when checking out the island of Santiago. The originality was continue to preserved right here! One of a kind impressions await anybody viewing below!

A Travel To The Past in Cidade Velha, Cape Verde My 174th Country!

Cidade Velha

The moment I arrived in this town, I was welcomed by heartwarming persons! The metropolis itself is loaded in tradition and record. It was launched by Portuguese settlers and named it Ribeira Grande also acknowledged as Cideda Velha. This is also the purpose why the town is called the birthplace of Cape Verdean country and lifestyle. I was so glad that I was given the opportunity to get to know this amazing metropolis with incredible individuals.

Fortaleza Authentic de Sao Filipe

One particular of the spots we visited in Cidade Velha, Fortaleza Authentic de Sao Filipe. A check out to the fort previously mentioned Cidade Velha is a must. It has been mainly restored in current yrs, so people today can however see its attractiveness up to this working day. I was blown absent by the impressive all-round perspective. Not only that, but it also gives insights of the rich previous of the island. 

Se Catedral

The 3rd location we went to was Se Catedral. The ruins are incredibly amazing due to the fact of their sizing by itself. Nowadays only a handful of partitions have remained standing, but from below, you can also see grave slabs and have a stunning look at of the castle and the city.


A different need to-take a look at place in Cidade Velha. The “Pelourinho”, a pillory from 1512 that commemorates the background of the Ribeira Grande slave market place. At first glance, it appears to be like one more pillory, but as before long as I was instructed the tale of the slaves, I started to really feel its true fat and symbolism.

A Travel To The Past in Cidade Velha, Cape Verde My 174th Country!

It is in the wonderful sq. of the very same title, exactly where the community suppliers are concentrated and in entrance of the sea. The sq. is beautiful and flawlessly ideal for locals selling fruit and different souvenir things. 

Rua Banana

When we went to Rua Banana, it felt like we traveled again in time. Here, you can see standard residences and banana trees in in between. Possessing to walk as a result of just one of the oldest streets in Africa is one thing to glance forward to! It’s a rapid wander, but it’s unquestionably a spotlight in the beautiful Cidade Velha.

Nossa Senhora do Rosario Church

Just after exploring Rua Banana, they took me to Nossa Senhora do Rosario Church. The church dates back again from 1945. This is wherever the slaves from West Africa have been baptized prior to remaining transported to Brazil.

Convento de Sao Francisco

This was our final quit in advance of we headed back again to the lodge. The continues to be of Convento de Sao Francisco reward the small climb with a superb watch in excess of the Ribeira Grande and the sea. Regrettably, only components of the convent have survived, but it presents an outstanding insight about the history of the city. 

A Travel To The Past in Cidade Velha, Cape Verde My 174th Country!

We finished the tour with me still blown absent by the points I acquired that working day. Even even though plenty of smiling faces welcomed me, the tragic earlier of the city is some thing we all must accept.

By discovering all these, we can learn from it and make absolutely sure that a thing like this won’t at any time materialize all over again now, and in the near upcoming.