The most populous city in the Cape Verde archipelago, Praia, a beach in Cape Verdean Creole and Portuguese, is renowned for its magnificent beaches such as those of Tarrafal or Châo Bom. Praia is also characterized by the place it gives to music. Singing is second nature to Cape Verdeans. On the cultural level, Praia has rather cosmopolitan characteristics, the influence of Africa is felt throughout the city.
It is a very small museum which exhibits common objects of Cape Verdean life, which gives a very broad overview of local arts and cultures. Agricultural, livestock, and pottery implements are some of the items on display.
Located west of the entrance to Praia harbor on Ponta Temerosa, the lighthouse of Dona Maria Pia is also known as Farol Ponta Temerosa. It is the first monument on the island of Santiago to be seen by tourists arriving by boat.
Located on an esplanade, this statue offers a breathtaking view of the entire city of Praia. it represents Diogo Gomes, the Portuguese navigator who was one of the discoverers of the island of Santiago in 1460.
It is a beach very frequented by Cape Verdeans who come to bathe or play sports. The festive atmosphere reflects the identity of Cape Verdeans. Beachfront restaurants provide an opportunity for tourists to cool off.
To feel the excitement of Praia, do not hesitate to discover the Sucupira market. The African atmosphere tinged with colors and noise reigns. In this place teeming with life, the sellers transmit to tourists their joie de vivre. It’s the perfect place to buy gifts and souvenirs.
Built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, Fort Real de Sao Filipe ranks among the historical curiosities to visit in the vicinity of Praia. A typical fortress with a trapezoid-shaped bastion, the fort houses cisterns made of adobe bricks (clay mixed with water and straw).
The highest point on the island of Santiago, the Pico da Antònia, a volcanic mountain, will delight hikers. After more than 7 hours of ascent in the middle of the luxuriant vegetation, the bravest will enjoy an exceptional panorama to the coast. An unforgettable experience not to be missed.