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Konzentrationslager Colonia Penal de Tarrafal, Cape Verde

Konzentrationslager Colonia Penal de Tarrafal was formerly a prison concentration camp for the Portuguese colony of Cape Verde, but now acts as a tourist attraction to educate travellers on Cape Verde’s impactful history.

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Prisoners were kept in Tarrafal from 1936 to 1974. Now, this camp remains as a memorial centre, paying respect to those who suffered and died there and helping travellers to learn more about their experience, the conditions and the victory when it was shut down in 1974.

For history buffs, or simply travellers looking to learn more about Cape Verde’s vast history and culture, dating right back to 1936, Konzentrationslager Colonia Penal de Tarrafal is a fascinating sight to see, and should definitely feature on your holiday itinerary.

Either pay your entry of 100 Cape Verdean escudo, and take yourself around the camp, or if you’re looking to find out more about the history of each room, you can pay extra for a guided tour.