Day trip

From Praia: Cidade Velha, Tarrafal & East Side Island Tour

Activity provider: Bu Country Tours

From Praia: Cidade Velha, Tarrafal & East Side Island Tour

Activity provider: Bu Country Tours

From US$ 117.61 per person

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cidade Velha on a guided tour from Praia. Drive through the Serra Malagueta Natural Park and enjoy the most beautiful beach on the island, Tarrafal Beach.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Drivers will wait no longer than 5 minutes after the scheduled pickup time.
Private or small groups available


  • Explore Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a local guide
  • Meet a local family and taste the local Cuscuz
  • Relax on the most beautiful beach of Santiago Island, Tarrafal Beach
  • Visit the traditional community of Rabelados
  • Choose between a shared group or private tour
Full description

Discover the highlights of Santiago Island beyond the city of Praia on a full-day trip. First, be picked up at your hotel and travel towards Cidade Velha. Discover all of the main points of interest here such as the Royal Fortress of São Filipe, the ruins of the first sub-Saharan African Cathedral, the fishermen bay, the former slave market in Pelourinho, the famous Banana Street with its traditional houses, the Nossa Senhora do Rosário church, and São Domingos.

Experience a workshop with a local family and learn to cook cuscuz (a traditional cake made from corn flour) and fidjós (fried banana mixed with wheat), the typical breakfast for Cape Verdean families. Next, Next, travel to Assomada through the mountains towards the north of the island. Make some photo stops in São Domingos, Assomada, and in the Natural Park of Serra Malagueta. Travel to the town of Tarrafal and enjoy the most beautiful beach of Santiago Island. With its white sand and crystal-clear waters, the small beach of Tarrafal is surrounded by hills and coconut trees. After lunch, travel back towards Praia on the eastern coast and visit the community of Rabelados along the way. See the only community that still lives in thatched houses, preserving the oldest customs and beliefs of Cape Verde, before arriving back in the city center.

  • Pickup and drop-off at your accommodation in Praia or Cidade Velha
  • Tour Guide
  • Transportation
  • Workshop of Cuscuz and Fidjós (local delights)
  • Liability insurance
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fee (€5 for Fortress)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • This tour takes place every day from 9 AM to 6 PM, with a total duration of 9 hours.
  • The São Filipe Fortress is closed on holidays.
  • The Assomada Market is open and thus will be included in the activity only on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

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Wonderful tour and very friendly helpful, and engaging guides. Definitely doing a tour with them again.

December 30, 2020

Very good trip around the island, funny, competent guide Maria, a lot of interesting informations, good driver and nice places to stay at very kind people. Always again.

July 19, 2022


Os guias foram excelentes, explicaram bem a história do nosso país, muito simpáticos e boa gente sem dúvida nenhuma. Obrigado pelo serviço prestado

December 13, 2021


Product ID: 343841