Top things to do

Monastery in Cidade Velha

São Francisco Monastery & Church

Complete with Gothic portals and walls covered in azulejo tiles, this once imposing monastery is worth a look, and is reached along a marked trail that leads up from the lush valley. The church is often locked, thou…
Fortress in Cidade Velha

Fortaleza Real de São Filipe

For sweeping views, take the curving trail up to this dramatic cliff-side fort built in 1593. A 15-minute film in English and Portuguese gives an overview of the history of the fort and Cidade Velha.
Seafood in Cidade Velha

Restaurante Pelourinho

Serves some of the best grilled seafood in town, with tables set on an open-sided thatched roof terrace overlooking the crashing waves. The dish of the day is a bargain (CVE400).
Seafood in Cidade Velha

Tereru di Kultura

Tereru di Kultura has a lovely oceanfront terrace and small menu of seafood and pizzas.