The active volcano island
Say wow to the unique landscapes of Fogo, the black lava island! Feel the active volcano energy in the crater and experience the last eruption as if it were yesterday. Explore the well preserved colonial city centre of São Filipe and catch the sunset on a black sand beach overlooking Brava island. A glass of Cha wine and local goat cheese are great tastes to relax after a day of exploring.
Sao Filipe is the capital of Fogo Island and is known for its charming colonial architecture, including several well-preserved 19th-century buildings. It’s a welcoming town with cheerful locals going around colorful squares for their daily activities. Definitely worth staying in one of the beautiful colonial hotels during your visit. The island's name was originally Sao Filipe, but changed to Fogo (fire) due to ongoing eruptions over the last decades.
Cha das Caldeiras
A unique village situated in the caldeira of the active volcano craters by the foot of the highest point, Pico do Fogo. The last eruption in 2014 covered most of the houses and agriculture fields with black lava.
Many inhabitants moved to lower areas of the island where they are safe from further eruptions. Others stayed and rebuilt their houses with the typical lava stones. Walk around the grape fields, all the way to the Pico Pequeno that last erupted or dare to hike up the top of the Pico do Fogo volcano.
Fogo island is best known for its towering volcano, Pico do Fogo, which is the highest point in Cape Verde at 2,829 meters. The active volcano keeps shaping the landscape into volcanic rock formations and black sand streams. Fogo also has several picturesque towns and villages, as well as a rich cultural heritage. The land is dry, but very fertile. The round shaped island can be driven around completely along steep coastlines and remote mountain valleys.
View on Pico do Fogo from Cha das Caldeiras
Highlights of Fogo
Sao Filipe: explore the cultural city centre and learn more about its important history during the colonial Portuguese times. Best visited with a local guide on the City tour of Sao Filipe.
Pico Do Fogo: the highest peak of the island at 2829 meters can best be reached from the village Cha das Caldeiras at 1700 meters. Enjoy stunning views of the volcanic surrounding from the top and descend through the black sand.
Salina: a natural monument created by volcanic rocks and the ocean. When the tide is calm, bathing in the natural pools between the rocks is a real delight.
Praia de Fonte Bila: the main beach around Sao Filipe stretches about 5km long. The black sand beach is a great spot to watch the sunset by the neighboring island Brava. Swimming isn’t advised here to strong currents.
Mosteiros: an important agriculture town where most coffee plants grow. The hike from Cha das Caldeiras to Mosteiros covers the whole valley between tropical plants and picturesque houses.
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