Must-see attractions in Cabo Verde

  • Volcano on Fogo, Cape Verde Islands, Africa

    Pico do Fogo

    Cabo Verde

    Cabo Verde's highest peak (2829m/9382ft), the conical, cinder-clad Mt Fogo, rises dramatically out of the floor of an ancient crater known as Chã das…

  • Dja'r Fogo

    Cabo Verde

    A must-stop for visitors interested in history, culture and coffee, Dja'r Fogo is run by a local artist who splits his time between Lisbon, Paris and Fogo…

  • Tarrafal Concentration Camp

    Cabo Verde

    On the main highway about 1km before the centre of Tarrafal is the ominous former Tarrafal Concentration Camp. Here Portuguese authorities used to hold…

  • Pedra do Lume


    A great attraction is this surreal, lunarlike crater of an ancient volcano, where seawater is transformed into shimmering salt beds. You can see the old…

  • Museu do Mar


    Inside the Torre de Belém, Mindelo's most intriguing museum gives an overview of São Vicente's history, from the island's role in the triangular trade to…

  • Museu Municipal

    Cabo Verde

    Pop into this airy colonial mansion with two floors of exhibits, showcasing old photographs, traditional music instruments, sewing machines and sundry…

  • Sala-Museu Amilcar Cabral

    Cabo Verde

    This small museum and foundation is dedicated to preserving the memory of freedom fighter Amilcar Cabral (1924–73). Photographs and other memorabilia shed…

  • Praia de Estoril

    Boa Vista

    A short stroll south of the Sal Rei town centre, this lovely beach has turquoise waters and white sands, making it a fine setting for a day out. A handful…

  • Parque Natural Serra da Malagueta

    Cabo Verde

    Parque Natural Serra da Malagueta encompasses the dramatic, tumbling ridges 15 minutes' drive back along the road to Praia. There are a number of…

  • Trapiche Ildo Benrós

    Santo Antão

    At Trapiche Ildo Benrós, grogue is made using the 400-year-old trapiche (a machine for juicing sugarcane). Sample drinks such as passion-fruit caipirinha…

  • Chã Vinho do Fogo

    Cabo Verde

    Located a few kilometres outside the village of Chã das Caldeiras (en route to São Filipe), this state-of-the-art winery is a recent rebuild of the…

  • Casa da Memoria

    Cabo Verde

    Set in an 1820s house, this delightful little cultural space illustrates what life was like in Fogo over the past two centuries, via a collection of…

  • São Francisco Monastery & Church

    Cabo Verde

    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…

  • Centro de Artes e Cultura

    Boa Vista

    This new arts centre hosts a wide range of events, from art and photography exhibitions to African craft and jewellery shows. There's also a 350-seat…

  • Mt Verde

    Cabo Verde

    For panoramic views of Mindelo, all of São Vicente as well as Santo Antão and Santa Luzia, hike up to São Vicente's highest peak (750m) on a clear day.

  • Museu Etnográfico de Praia

    Cabo Verde

    This small museum has a tiny collection of traditional Cabo Verdean artefacts (pottery, textiles and baskets), plus a few treasures hauled up from the…

  • Palácio do Povo


    This cheery pink colonial confection and former government building today hosts changing exhibitions. Currently, its rooms are given over to a long…

  • Fortaleza Real de São Filipe

    Cabo Verde

    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…

  • Baía da Salinas

    Cabo Verde

    Join the locals at the lovely Baía da Salinas. Protected by strange volcanic rock formations, the beach is 19km to the north of São Filipe on the route to…

  • Farol Dona Maria Pia

    Cabo Verde

    Built in 1881 and named after a Portuguese queen, this wind-battered lighthouse provides a scenic vantage point for views across the coastline.

  • Fish on downtown fish market, Mindelo, Sao Vicente, Cape Verde Islands

    Fish Market


    The city's photogenic fish market lies just beyond Torre de Belém, with a jetty right behind it where fishermen unload their daily catch.

  • Santa Maria

    Boa Vista

    An eerie sight is the wreck of the Santa Maria, a rusting hulk laid out on a stormy stretch of beach to the north of Sal Rei along Costa de Boa Esperança…

  • Curral Velho

    Boa Vista

    The spooky village of Curral Velho was abandoned due to near-endless drought. You can wander amid the crumbling ruins of the old buildings, then head down…

  • Pont d'Agua


    With its modern glass and concrete constructions, this swank new complex looks and feels more like the south of France than Cabo Verde. Dotted with palm…

  • Centro Cultural do Mindelo


    Inside the old customs house, the cultural centre houses changing exhibitions of local arts and culture and has a tiny shop selling local crafts, music…

  • Torre de Belém


    Jutting out into the harbour is the fortresslike Torre de Belém – a Disney World version of the 15th-century tower that guards Lisbon's port.

  • Mercado Municipal


    The restored two-storey food market from 1784 is a great place to see sweet-talking vendors hawking local produce and medicinal herbs.

  • Morro Negro

    Boa Vista

    The Morro Negro lighthouse, standing atop a 150m-high cape, is Cabo Verde's most easterly point. The views are spectacular.

  • Town Hall


    Mindelo's photogenic câmara municipal (town hall) dates from the mid-19th century.

  • Mercado de Sucupira

    Cabo Verde

    It's well worth taking a stroll through this bustling food market in the Platô.

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