The island of Fogo west of Santiago, translated as Fire, dominates every view. The volcanic cone rises from plateau about eight kilometres in diameter and is called Cha Das Caldeiras. Below a scenic, cobbled road, punctuated by small hamlets, built in lava blockhouses, completely encircles the island.

Discovered in 1460, the island was immediately occupied to expand the agriculture in Santiago. The two main products introduced were coffee and grapes. The coffee known for its high quality and Arabic aroma, and the wine, called Manecom, was at one time exported to Brasil.

The City of S. Filipe’s historic centre, with its precise architectonic lines, invites us on an exciting and productive trip around the bygone days of the island.

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