São Martinho

A small community with 200 inhabitants, with beautiful beaches and a rich history with that of aeropostale in the 16th century by Francis Drake. Before the assault on the Old Town (which caused the destruction of the first capital of the archipelago), they landed here and went quietly on foot, until they entered the side of the fortress (which protected the Old Town) where there were no cannons

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São Martinho

A small community with 200 inhabitants, with beautiful beaches and a rich history with that of aeropostale in the 16th century by Francis Drake. Before the assault on the Old Town (which caused the destruction of the first capital of the archipelago), they landed here and went quietly on foot, until they entered the side of the fortress (which protected the Old Town) where there were no cannons

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Due to the conditions that the bay of Calheta de São Martinho boasts, protected from the wind and the shaking of the sea, bathed by a clear sky, the cove served as the basis for the dangerous moorings of the Seaplanes of Aéropostale in the late twenties of the last century, in transit to South America.

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Highlights


Get to know the World Heritage Site and the stories and charms hidden in each experience

Banana's Street

A trace of the original architecture of the 15th century, with its whitewashed houses and thatched roofs, from this street you can enjoy the vegetation along Ribeira Grande

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Banana's Street

A trace of the original architecture of the 15th century, with its whitewashed houses and thatched roofs, from this street you can enjoy the vegetation along Ribeira Grande

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Royal Fortress

The São Felipe Fortress is located at the entrance of the city, a building with walled structures, easily accessible, its surrounding area is a true viewpoint. 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.

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Royal Fortress

The São Felipe Fortress is located at the entrance of the city, a building with walled structures, easily accessible, its surrounding area is a true viewpoint. 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.

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Se Cathedral

The first cathedral built in the West African coast in 1556 and completed in 1705, on the initiative of Friar Francisco da Cruz, in a privileged position, facing the ocean. 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.

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Se Cathedral

The first cathedral built in the West African coast in 1556 and completed in 1705, on the initiative of Friar Francisco da Cruz, in a privileged position, facing the ocean. 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.

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Nossa Senhora de Rosário's Church

One of the examples of sub-Saharan Gothic architecture, Manueline style the founding element of this building, built in honor of Our Lady of Rosario patron saint of black men. The oldest colonial church in the world, built in 1495.

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Nossa Senhora de Rosário's Church

One of the examples of sub-Saharan Gothic architecture, Manueline style the founding element of this building, built in honor of Our Lady of Rosario patron saint of black men. The oldest colonial church in the world, built in 1495.

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Pillory

Reected 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.

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Pillory

Reected 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.

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São Roque Chape

A historical heritage located in the upper part of the city near Fortaleza Real, A small building that is in good condition

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São Roque Chape

A historical heritage located in the upper part of the city near Fortaleza Real, A small building that is in good condition

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Projects

Projects

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Conservation of the heritage of the former airline Aéropostale

This project aims to renew the much forgotten history of the extinct French company, and its base of the powerful crane, an instrument that served to displace the seaplanes for land, improving the signs that give access to the site, preparing the local population for protection of the base and the transparent water bay and improving the conservation of local species

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Conservation of the heritage of the former airline Aéropostale

This project aims to renew the much forgotten history of the extinct French company, and its base of the powerful crane, an instrument that served to displace the seaplanes for land, improving the signs that give access to the site, preparing the local population for protection of the base and the transparent water bay and improving the conservation of local species

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Support the local football school

This project aims to support the football school in the purchase of new training equipment and materials

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Support the local football school

This project aims to support the football school in the purchase of new training equipment and materials

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Support the school and local garden

This project aims to renew the teaching materials of the elementary school and the local garden with new materials, we also offer accommodation for those who want to come and get involved with this project offering their skills with our children.

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Support the school and local garden

This project aims to renew the teaching materials of the elementary school and the local garden with new materials, we also offer accommodation for those who want to come and get involved with this project offering their skills with our children.

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Fealth fairs

This project aims to improve the health conditions of the local population through periodic health fairs, we also offer accommodation in exchange for your skills in this area

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Fealth fairs

This project aims to improve the health conditions of the local population through periodic health fairs, we also offer accommodation in exchange for your skills in this area

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