7 Awesome Things To Do in Fogo Island, Cape Verde, Africa

By Lyza Paloma January 11th, 2020 Posted in Africa Travel Blog, Destination, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

Are you planning to travel to Fogo Island, Cape Verde, soon? Read our tips below on the things to do in Fogo Island, with suggested tours.

7 Awesome Things To Do in Fogo Island, Cape Verde, Africa
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Fogo is one of the most interesting Islands in Cape Verde, Africa. It was discovered by the Portuguese crown in 1960 and was named as such, meaning Fire due to its volcano. You should definitely check out and explore Fogo Island. Read here to know more about what to do and where to stay.

List of Things to do in Fogo Island, Cape Verde

1. Explore Sao Filipe

7 Awesome Things To Do in Fogo Island, Cape Verde, Africa
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Sao Filipe is the capital of Fogo. It’s quite beautiful and on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. The city is filled with many colonial houses, which were mostly built in the 19th century. Casa da Memória, Nossa Senhora da Conceição, Camara Municipal, and the market hall are some points you should visit when you are here.

Suggested Tour: From Praia: Full Day Guided Tour Fogo Island

2. Hike to Pico do Fogo

7 Awesome Things To Do in Fogo Island, Cape Verde, Africa
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If you want an adventure, hike to the highest peak in the country, Pico do Fogo. It’s an active volcano that erupted in 1995 and 2014. It’s definitely one of the best things to do on Fogo Island as it what most tourists do when they are on the island. Better book a guide as you won’t be allowed if you’re doing it by yourself.

Suggested Tour: Pico do Fogo Volcano Summit Hike

3. Swim at Ponta da Salina

 

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As you’ve probably read, Fogo has a volcano and had eruptions. Due to this, there is black volcanic sand, which is quite charming. It’s the best place to enjoy the waters in Fogo Island, so you should not miss packing your swimwear.

Suggested Tour: From Praia: Full Day Guided Tour Fogo Island

4. Stroll around Mosteiros

The second largest town in Fogo in Mosteiros. It’s a peaceful town where you can check out their port and enjoy fresh seafood. It’s pretty relaxing and peaceful compared to the capital.

Suggested Tour: From Praia: Full Day Guided Tour Fogo Island

5. Check out Casa Da Memoria

Learn more about Fogo Island’s history as you go inside Casa Da Memoria. It’s a colonial building that houses everyday objects used by the locals. It may be small, but you will gain a lot of knowledge in this fantastic museum.

Suggested Tour: From Praia: Full Day Guided Tour Fogo Island

6. Explore Cha das Caldeiras

7 Awesome Things To Do in Fogo Island, Cape Verde, Africa
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The most interesting place to live in Fogo is Cha das Caldeiras? Why? Because they are a small village in the crater of Pico do Fogo. No running water, no electricity, but they have survived and strived. You should also check out their unique houses!

Suggested Tour: Pico do Fogo Volcano Summit Hike

7. Drink Fogo’s coffee and wine

7 Awesome Things To Do in Fogo Island, Cape Verde, Africa
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The coffee and wine made by the locals in Fogo Island are 2 drinks you should try when visiting Cape Verde. The volcanic soil is pretty rich, that the coffee beans and grapes are abundant. It’s what makes their economy thrive. They actually export it to many countries, so you could also buy these souvenirs for your family and friends.

Suggested Tour: From Praia: Full Day Guided Tour Fogo Island

 

Where to stay in Fogo Island, Cape Verde

Budget Hotel

Casa Anilda & Albino

7 Awesome Things To Do in Fogo Island, Cape Verde, Africa

Casa Anilda & Albino is located in São Filipe and offers a bar. There is an on-site restaurant and free private parking. This holiday home comes with a kitchen, a seating area, a dining area, and a flat-screen TV.

Price: Starts at USD 23 for a Double Room

Luxury Hotel

Casas Do Sol

7 Awesome Things To Do in Fogo Island, Cape Verde, Africa

Offering an outdoor pool, Casas Do Sol is located in São Filipe. Free WiFi access is available in this holiday park. The accommodations will provide you with a balcony and a patio. Featuring a bath or shower, the private bathroom also comes with free toiletries. You can enjoy the sea view and garden view from the room.

Price: Starts at USD 50 for a Small Double Room

How to go to Fogo Island, Cape Verde

By Air: Sao Filipe Airport (SFL) is the main airport in Fogo. There are only domestic flights from Praia (Nelson Mandela International Airport) and Sal (Amilcar Cabral International Airport).

By Ferry: You can also ride a ferry to Fogo Island. There are ports from Santiago, Praia, and Brava, Furna, which stops at Vale de Cavaleiros, a town 3 km away from the capital.

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About the Writer

Lyza Paloma

Hey, I’m Lyza! I once was a person who just imagined going to places “one day” but decided to pursue my dreams. My first travel abroad was in Japan, solo, last 2018, and fell in love with the journey since. I aim to visit 10 countries before turning 30 and 2 new places in the Philippines every year. Besides traveling, I love organizing trips, taking pictures, reading, and making new friends. Follow my adventures through my Instagram.

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Written by Lyza Paloma

Lyza is a native of Leyte who spent 10 years studying and working in Cebu before working for Two Monkeys Travel. She decided to stop daydreaming and started to pursue her dreams of traveling to the Philippines and the world. She has already been to 4 countries in Asia and 18 provinces in the Philippines. She’s flexible and can travel solo, with friends, or family. Besides traveling, she loves organizing trips, taking pictures, reading, and making new friends.

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