Praia • Cape VerdePestana Tropico
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The former capital of Cape Verde, Ribeira Grande was the first city built by Europeans outside of Europe, starting in the 15th century. Visit the Pelourinho, the Nossa Senhora do Rosário Church, Rua Banana and the Royal São Filipe Fort. The area has been declared a World Heritage Site.
A mountainous area in the north of the island of Santiago, the Malagueta Mountain Range reaches 1,064 metres high. It is ideal for eco-tourism and environmental activities and has a research centre. The area contains the largest number plants that are unique to the island.
Used as a Nazi-inspired concentration camp, Tarrafal was opened in 1936. Political prisoners of the Portuguese “Estado Novo” were exiled here. Nowadays, the site houses the Resistance Museum, which aims to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The warm and crystal-clear waters of Cape Verde are perfect for long diving expeditions. As a crossing point for maritime traffic throughout the centuries, with a rich biodiversity, its waters provide a spectacle including rays, crabs, many species of fish, whales and even shipwrecks.
Also known as the Ponta Temerosa or Praia Lighthouse, it was built in 1881 and named after a Portuguese queen. The view over the endless expanse of the sea and natural pools next to the monument are good enough reasons alone for a visit.