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Gerson & Mara's Guidebook

Gerson & Mara
Gerson & Mara
Član od 2015
Gerson & Mara

Gerson & Mara's Guidebook

CABO VERDE - ORIGINS AND HSITORY
Places where you can get to know Us a little better, our roots, our people and our history... Enjoy!
Cidade Velha is a city in the southern part of the island of Santiago, Cape Verde. Founded in 1462, it is the oldest settlement in Cape Verde and its former capital. Once called Ribeira Grande, its name was changed to Cidade Velha in the late 18th century. It is the seat of the Ribeira Grande de Santiago municipality Located off Africa's northwest coast, this town was the first European colonial settlement in the tropics. Some of the meticulously planned original design of the site is still intact, including a royal fortress, two churches and a 16th-century town square. Today, Cidade Velha is an Atlantic shipping stop and center for Creole culture. The city became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portuguese Origin in the World in 2009. POINTS OF INTEREST #Pelourinho (Pillory), erected in 1512 or 1520. At this marble pillar rebellious slaves were punished publicly. It was restored in the 1960s. It stands at the main square of the city. #Forte Real de São Filipe, constructed in 1587-93. This fort was built as defence from pirate attacks (mainly French and English). The elevation is 120 m above sea level. #Nossa Senhora do Rosário church, the oldest colonial church in the world, built in 1495. It has a side chapel in Manueline Gothic style. #the ruined Sé Cathedral, construction started in 1556 and completed in 1705, pillaged in 1712. Its impressive ruins (the church was 60 m long) have been conserved in 2004. #the ruined convent of São Francisco, built in 1657 on a slope outside the city centre. The convent church has been restored in 2002. #many traditional houses can be found along the streets rua Banana and rua Carreira.
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Cidade Velha
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Cidade Velha is a city in the southern part of the island of Santiago, Cape Verde. Founded in 1462, it is the oldest settlement in Cape Verde and its former capital. Once called Ribeira Grande, its name was changed to Cidade Velha in the late 18th century. It is the seat of the Ribeira Grande de Santiago municipality Located off Africa's northwest coast, this town was the first European colonial settlement in the tropics. Some of the meticulously planned original design of the site is still intact, including a royal fortress, two churches and a 16th-century town square. Today, Cidade Velha is an Atlantic shipping stop and center for Creole culture. The city became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portuguese Origin in the World in 2009. POINTS OF INTEREST #Pelourinho (Pillory), erected in 1512 or 1520. At this marble pillar rebellious slaves were punished publicly. It was restored in the 1960s. It stands at the main square of the city. #Forte Real de São Filipe, constructed in 1587-93. This fort was built as defence from pirate attacks (mainly French and English). The elevation is 120 m above sea level. #Nossa Senhora do Rosário church, the oldest colonial church in the world, built in 1495. It has a side chapel in Manueline Gothic style. #the ruined Sé Cathedral, construction started in 1556 and completed in 1705, pillaged in 1712. Its impressive ruins (the church was 60 m long) have been conserved in 2004. #the ruined convent of São Francisco, built in 1657 on a slope outside the city centre. The convent church has been restored in 2002. #many traditional houses can be found along the streets rua Banana and rua Carreira.
Plateau is the historic centre of the capital city of Praia in the island of Santiago, Cape Verde. It gets its name (from French “plateau”) because it is situated on a plateau overlooking the port of Praia. Its average elevation is 37 meters above sea level.The population of Plateau was 1,019 at the 2010 census.Many public buildings are situated in Plateau, notably the Presidential Palace, the cathedral, the city hall and the Ethnographic Museum. Praia was founded as a small village near the natural harbour in the early 16th century. Due to its strategic position on a plateau it was easily defended against pirate attacks, which gave it a large advantage over the older city of Ribeira Grande (Cidade Velha). It gradually superseded Cidade Velha to become the most important settlement of Cape Verde, and became the seat of the colonial government in 1770. In the course of the 19th century, the Plateau was completely redeveloped with streets according to a grid plan, lined with grand colonial buildings and mansions. Landmarks and points of interest City Hall of Praia Museu Etnográfico da Praia National Justice Palace Presidential Palace of Cape Verde Palácio da Cultura Ildo Lobo Hospital Agostinho Neto, the island's main hospital International Portuguese Language Institute (Instituto Internacional de Língua Portuguesa) The Post Office building of Praia, headquarters of Correios de Cabo Verde Cathedral of Our Lady of Grace Quartel Jaime Mota, former military barracks Liceu Domingos Ramos, Praia's secondary schoolNational Supreme Court Building
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Plateau
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Plateau is the historic centre of the capital city of Praia in the island of Santiago, Cape Verde. It gets its name (from French “plateau”) because it is situated on a plateau overlooking the port of Praia. Its average elevation is 37 meters above sea level.The population of Plateau was 1,019 at the 2010 census.Many public buildings are situated in Plateau, notably the Presidential Palace, the cathedral, the city hall and the Ethnographic Museum. Praia was founded as a small village near the natural harbour in the early 16th century. Due to its strategic position on a plateau it was easily defended against pirate attacks, which gave it a large advantage over the older city of Ribeira Grande (Cidade Velha). It gradually superseded Cidade Velha to become the most important settlement of Cape Verde, and became the seat of the colonial government in 1770. In the course of the 19th century, the Plateau was completely redeveloped with streets according to a grid plan, lined with grand colonial buildings and mansions. Landmarks and points of interest City Hall of Praia Museu Etnográfico da Praia National Justice Palace Presidential Palace of Cape Verde Palácio da Cultura Ildo Lobo Hospital Agostinho Neto, the island's main hospital International Portuguese Language Institute (Instituto Internacional de Língua Portuguesa) The Post Office building of Praia, headquarters of Correios de Cabo Verde Cathedral of Our Lady of Grace Quartel Jaime Mota, former military barracks Liceu Domingos Ramos, Praia's secondary schoolNational Supreme Court Building
The city is situated by the Baía de Tarrafal, at the foot of 643 m high Monte Graciosa.Tarrafal is at the northern end of two main roads to Praia in the south, one leading through Assomada and São Domingos (EN1-ST01), the other along the east coast through Calheta de São Miguel and Pedra Badejo (EN1-ST02). The origin of the name Tarrafal is the indigenous plant tarrafe,Tamarix senegalensis. The settlement was mentioned in the 1747 map by Jacques-Nicolas Bellin as "Terrafal". Tarrafal was the seat of the municipality of Santa Catarina from 1869 until 1912, when the seat was moved to Assomada. In 1917, the municipality of Tarrafal was separated from Santa Catarina, and the town Tarrafal became its seat. Between 1936 and 1974, political prisoners were held at the Tarrafal camp, south of the city. At least 32 prisoners died in the camp, which now houses a museum "Museu da Resistência" Tarrafal is the perfect spot to enjoy the beach, fresh coconut water and some fresh grilled fish! There are some nice Airbnbs we personally recommend Casa Strela! One of our favorite spots in the Island!
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Tarrafal
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The city is situated by the Baía de Tarrafal, at the foot of 643 m high Monte Graciosa.Tarrafal is at the northern end of two main roads to Praia in the south, one leading through Assomada and São Domingos (EN1-ST01), the other along the east coast through Calheta de São Miguel and Pedra Badejo (EN1-ST02). The origin of the name Tarrafal is the indigenous plant tarrafe,Tamarix senegalensis. The settlement was mentioned in the 1747 map by Jacques-Nicolas Bellin as "Terrafal". Tarrafal was the seat of the municipality of Santa Catarina from 1869 until 1912, when the seat was moved to Assomada. In 1917, the municipality of Tarrafal was separated from Santa Catarina, and the town Tarrafal became its seat. Between 1936 and 1974, political prisoners were held at the Tarrafal camp, south of the city. At least 32 prisoners died in the camp, which now houses a museum "Museu da Resistência" Tarrafal is the perfect spot to enjoy the beach, fresh coconut water and some fresh grilled fish! There are some nice Airbnbs we personally recommend Casa Strela! One of our favorite spots in the Island!
Food Scene
Secreto Iberico
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Quintal da Música
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Restaurante Linha D'Água
Kaza Katxupa
Livraria Nho Eugenio
Creole - Food And Arts Restaurant
TRULLY CAPEVERDEAN SNACK AND FOOD!
Ponto Cv
TRULLY CAPEVERDEAN SNACK AND FOOD!
NATURE
Serra Malagueta Natural Park
Quebra Canela
Tarrafal Beach
Aguas Belas
São Francisco
Prainha Beach