Fortaleza de Sao Miguel, Luanda

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Admire views of Luanda and learn about the demise of colonial Angola at Fortaleza de Sao Miguel, a Portuguese fortress perched on a high plateau overlooking the capital and Luanda Bay. Built in 1575, the fortress was the administrative center of the colony and a major outlet for slave trade. A major tourist attraction, the fort now houses a museum of Angola's armed forces, featuring bi-motor planes and combat vehicles. Using our custom trip planner, Luanda attractions like Fortaleza de Sao Miguel can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The fort of San Miguel overlooks the Bay of Luanda and offers beautiful views of the city and the Bay. It is both a testament to the Portuguese colonial past, and an exhibition of arms relating to the war of independence and the civil war. Do not miss the beautiful tiles in the central barracks. Go early in the morning or late afternoon as the Sun in the middle of the day (think about taking water). Coffee awaits you at the foot of the fortress, no supply inside.
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  • Recently restored (last 5 years), captures the history of the Angolan fight since the arrival of the Portuguese. Recommend visiting with a tour guide, their enthusiasm and knowledge adds value to the ...  more »
  • One of the best views over Luanda Marginal, and the easiest to visit. The entrance costs 100AKZ per visitor, and its a must visit spot. Has some (not too) old military vehicles and a few status from t...  more »
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  • Army Museum. Historic place. Nice view of the Bay. Used also for entertainment events.
  • Nice place to visit with a huge collection of historical facts, documents and archeological materials. Great location and views from the top of the fort. A must visit historica place in Luanda for tourists.
  • a must visit tourist destination in Luanda. have great collection of historical material of Angola
  • There we have a good and nice view of Luanda main marginal
  • By June..nice wheater to stay out..no mosquitoes... nice time to walk trough luanda bay...

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