The island is located between the islands of Santiago and Brava. Practically the whole island is an active volcano that has been periodically active, last erupting in 1995, forming a new crater called Pico Pequeno. Its largest feature is a 9 km wide caldera, which has walls 1 km high. The caldera has a breach in its eastern rim, and a large peak rises in the centre. The central cone forms the highest point of the island and its summit is about 100 m higher than the surrounding wall of the caldera. Lava from the volcano has reached the eastern coast of the island within historical times. A small village, called Chã das Caldeiras, exists within the caldera of the volcano, and the residents are periodically evacuated during eruptions.


The Fast Ferry Kriola has room for 164 Passengers and up to 26 cars.  The ferry is comfortable, fast and reliable on the route Praia (capital of Santiago island) – Fogo island – Brava island.

You can fly from Praia (Santiago island) to São Felipe airport in Fogo with the Cape Verdean airline company TACV. A paved road goes around the island and connects the city of São Filipe in the West coast with the village of Mosteiros in the North extreme point (the place where they grow the famous Café de Fogo).

There are regular public transports between both villages, departing from São Filipe in the morning, for about 600CVE. The inverse trip leaves Mosteiros at 05:30 in the morning. Departures from São Filipe:

To Chã de Caldeiras: mornings and early afternoons (300CVE)
To São Jorge: between 10:30 and 11:30 in the morning (300CVE)

Ask for more info about roundtrips with or without  You might also consider to rent a car.


There’s one hotel and a range of boarding houses in São Filipe.  In Mosteiros you’ll find some boarding houses and one hostel.  Let us know what type of accommodation you wish:


Live music is played during weekends in some bars in São Filipe, but most of the time there’s not much going on at night.


Restaurants and bars are available in the city of São Filipe.  In Chã de Caldeiras and Mosteiros you will find only few places to eat.


The economy of the island is based on agriculture and fishing, with coffee and wine among the main products. Many private households live off remittances from emigrants in the US and other countries as the island has a substantial diaspora. Many emigrants send some money to their relatives in the island even if the senders and receivers no longer know each other. Tourism is steadily becoming popular. The volcano is the island’s major attraction but many visitors also come to see relatives. The historic city of São Filipe and Chã das Caldeiras in the volcanic crater receive the bulk of visitors.

São Filipe

The island’s main city is São Filipe, near which is an airport. First settled in the 1480s, it is largely an agricultural island. The islands also houses schools, a gymnasium, banks, a post office, some hotels and squares (praças).

Fogo has fertile land in the southwest with a slope of about 10 to 15 degrees. The north and the east are steep. The island rises abruptly from the ocean, which can be as deep as 5,300 m at a distance of 5 km from the shoreline. The exception is to the west, where the island is connected to another seamount, further west in Brava.

The slopes in the northeastern part are green and grassy all-year round. The rest of the mountain is dry and barren. One of the southernmost islands in Cape Verde, Fogo receives the most precipitation. The creeks and streams are dry all-year round.

São Filipe’s buildings use classic Portuguese colonial architecture. Mosteiros in the northeast is the island’s second most important town.

A violent eruption took place in 1680. The mountain of the island was visible over hundreds of kilometres and lasted for a few years. It was during this eruption that the island earned its name.

Chã das Caldeiras

A small village, called Chã das Caldeiras, exists within the caldera of the volcano, and the residents are periodically evacuated during eruptions.

“Sobrado” architecture in Sao Felipe

Observe the “Sobrado” architecture in Sao Felipe. These colonial houses for the wealthy were two storied and built around a cool shady courtyard off which were the staff quarters and working rooms. The first floor housed the family with a balcony facing onto the courtyard on 3 sides and a delicately carved balcony overlooking the street at the front.