Praia, Ilha de Santiago, Cape Verde
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Approximately 4 Hours
Meals not included
Take this fantastic chance to learn about the history of Cape Verde in general and Santiago Island, and to immerse yourself in the island and its traditions.
At Cidade da Praia, you will visit the Praça Alexandre Albuquerque -- an iconic gathering spot for the people of Santiago.
Step inside the Se Cathedral Nossa Senhora da Graça, and view the Palace of the President and the viewpoint of Statue of Diogo Gomes. Gomes discovered the Cape Verde Islands in 1460. Still in Cidade da Praia, you will also visit the colorful vegetable market.
Next, continue to Cidade Velha (the Old Town). Here you will visit the Fortress of San Filipe, built by orders of Filipe I, King of Portugal and Spain. Also in the village, you will visit the Pelourinho -- a reminder of the islands' history of slavery and the sad commerce of human souls.
On the main square, you have free time to purchase a refreshment (at your own expense).
Before heading back to the pier, you will stop at Rua Banana to see the traditional old stone houses and shop at a local handicrafts store.
Please note: Tourism infrastructure is limited in Cape Verde; the coach may not have air-conditioning or a PA system. Public markets are closed on Sundays and holidays.