After doing a full day Santiago Island Tour plus a workshop, I had a second day nicely spent! I’m nonetheless in Santiago in Cape Verde, and this time, I explored the highlights of Cidade Velha, the nation’s former capital.
This memorable day was enjoyable and thrilling, all due to Bu Nation Excursions and Maria – my information and my photographer that day! Haha. Guys, she takes good footage! Alright, with out additional ado, right here’s how I spent my second day in Cidade Velha with Bu Nation Excursions.
About Cidade Velha
Cidade Velha is a metropolis in Santiago. It’s positioned on the southern a part of the island. Since it’s the former capital of Cape Verde, there are a variety of locations that may be explored right here which I’ll share with you beneath.
Highlights of My Cidade Velha Tour
Cidade Velha – now declared a World Heritage Web site by UNESCO – with all its sights ought to positively be visited when visiting the island of Santiago. The originality was nonetheless preserved right here! Distinctive impressions await anybody visiting right here!
As soon as I arrived on this metropolis, I used to be welcomed by heartwarming individuals! The town itself is wealthy in tradition and historical past. It was based by Portuguese settlers and named it Ribeira Grande often known as Cideda Velha. That is additionally the explanation why the town is named the birthplace of Cape Verdean nation and tradition. I used to be so glad that I used to be given the chance to get to know this wonderful metropolis with wonderful individuals.
Fortaleza Actual de Sao Filipe
One of many locations we visited in Cidade Velha, Fortaleza Actual de Sao Filipe. A go to to the fort above Cidade Velha is a should. It has been largely restored lately, so individuals can nonetheless see its magnificence as much as this present day. I used to be blown away by the magnificent all-round view. Not solely that, however it additionally gives insights of the wealthy previous of the island.
The third spot we went to was Se Catedral. The ruins are very spectacular due to their measurement alone. In the present day just a few partitions have remained standing, however from right here, you can even see grave slabs and have a gorgeous view of the fortress and the town.
One other must-visit place in Cidade Velha. The “Pelourinho”, a pillory from 1512 that commemorates the historical past of the Ribeira Grande slave market. At first look, it seems like one other pillory, however as quickly as I used to be informed the story of the slaves, I started to really feel its true weight and symbolism.
It’s within the stunning sq. of the identical identify, the place the native distributors are concentrated and in entrance of the ocean. The sq. is gorgeous and completely appropriate for locals promoting fruit and numerous memento gadgets.
After we went to Rua Banana, it felt like we traveled again in time. Right here, you’ll be able to see conventional homes and banana bushes in between. Having to stroll by one of many oldest streets in Africa is one thing to sit up for! It’s a fast stroll, however it’s positively a spotlight within the stunning Cidade Velha.
Nossa Senhora do Rosario Church
After exploring Rua Banana, they took me to Nossa Senhora do Rosario Church. The church dates again from 1945. That is the place the slaves from West Africa have been baptized earlier than being shipped to Brazil.
Convento de Sao Francisco
This was our final cease earlier than we headed again to the resort. The stays of Convento de Sao Francisco reward the quick climb with a implausible view over the Ribeira Grande and the ocean. Sadly, solely components of the convent have survived, however it offers a formidable perception in regards to the historical past of the city.
We ended the tour with me nonetheless blown away by the issues I realized that day. Although a lot of smiling faces welcomed me, the tragic previous of the city is one thing all of us ought to acknowledge.
By studying all these, we are able to study from it and make it possible for one thing like this gained’t ever occur once more now, and within the close to future.