Tarrafal camp
Tarrafal camp
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Dom
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK318 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
A sobering experience. Good information in English and well worth stopping for as we knew absolutely nothing about this place prior to visiting it. The whole point of travel, really.
Written 20 December 2022
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD9,088 contributions
Nov 2022
We took a taxi(8,000 escudos) at 9AM for a 170 km circuit over Santiago Island that included this prison, returning to our Praia hotel at 1PM.
The morning scenery of the rugged hills leading up to the island center’s 4,567’ Pico d'Antonio was dramatic, all part of its Parc Natural. Continuing north, we passed the large Serra Malagueta mountain range and its Parque Natural descending to the northwest coast. After the small village of Chão Bom, we saw this walled and moated encampment that housed Portugal’s political prisoners from 1936 to 1974.
We paid 200 escudos each to self-tour the marked pathways to enter ~10 buildings(cell blocks, kitchens, laundry, administration & detention areas), all with descriptions in 3 languages and numerous pictures/photographs. Excellent ½ hour visit is best supplemented with the historical details described in Wikipedia's “Tarrafal concentration camp”.
Written 5 November 2022
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Malgosia M
Brussels, Belgium4 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
A place without protection. A bunch of children attack visitors begging for money and food. No one watches over them. While busy visiting the site, someone punctured a tyre in our car with nails. Better not to leave the car unattended. No one watches the surroundings. Cameras are installed inside the camp but not outside. There should be someone keeping an eye on the surroundings to avoid damages caused to the visitors.
The camp is an interesting place to visit, a part of history of Cabo Verde but this incident spoiled totally our visit.
Written 20 April 2022
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RachaelBowers
York38 contributions
Oct 2019
The camp is a very evocative and oppressive place. It's deliberately hot, and you can easily imagine how awful it was for the prisoners. There is now interpretation interspersed throughout the prison buildings. You learn about the different phases of the prisons use, the awful conditions, particular politicians and doctors who terrorised the inhabitants and everyday life. There are a few artefacts linked to the camp and most powerfully, photographs of the prisoners.

We struggled to get an alguer back to Tarrafal waiting by the camp but very quickly got one waiting by the roadside.
Written 2 June 2020
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Pedro P
36 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Tarrafal prison was used for around 50y in the XXth century by the Portuguese to emprison opponents, from Portugal as well as from the colonised countries.
Moving information is given in Portuguese, English and French about the terrible conditions the prisoners faced: a visit you shouldn’t miss when in Tarrafal!
Written 25 March 2019
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Yolande V
Amsterdam, The Netherlands264 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Yellow baraks in the heat, give you a good impression of the camplife in the 50s 60s. Never knew that the Portugeese had their own Guantánamo bay. There is info in english. Unfortunately no books or flyers in English about this camp. People now live in the kazern outside the camp.
Written 15 March 2019
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Iolanda Guerra e Andrade
Lisbon, Portugal1,904 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
Any concentration camp is a permanent reminder of what should not be repeated and despite the fact that most of the chambers don't convey what really happened it is nevertheless worth the visit in my personal perspective.
Written 10 July 2018
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Willem H
11 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Interesting to see ofcourse but all the rooms amd chambers are empty. You don't really get an idea of the living conditions. Only 100$ to get in. When you walk there from the main street alot of childern come to you beggin for money.
Written 20 March 2018
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wwvanderlinden
Bergambacht, The Netherlands19 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
One can only become silent and respectful to the many that have suffered here in terrible circumstances.
Written 11 March 2018
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Pjotr R
Wormerveer, The Netherlands197 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
Impressive part of cabo verde's history with some english information.
You don't need the information to feel the impact this prisson/camp had...
Written 22 November 2017
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