Praia is the capital of Cape Verde, the amazing volcanic archipelago of ten islands and five islets remotely located some 400 miles off the coast of West Africa. This unique, unspoilt destination was a Portuguese territory until independence in 1975, and Praia sits on the southern tip of Santiago Island.
The attractive old town centre, called the ‘Plateau’ by locals, is on a raised area overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and has a traditional Portuguese feel.[ReadMoreMob] A number of museums and the neoclassical town hall and cathedral are all worth visiting. Smart shops and restaurants cluster in the Achada de Santo António quarter.
This beautiful island settlement benefits from excellent weather all year round, and around the bay, many fabulous beaches can be enjoyed including Quebra, Canela and Praínha.
Cidade Velha, Praia
The first city to be built by Europeans in West Africa, Cidade Velha features impressive remnants from the Age of Discovery and beyond, including two churches, a royal fortress and Pillory Square, where public punishments for rebellious slaves took place.
A rousing, accordion-based style that evolved from African slave music in rural communities, Funaná music was banned by Portuguese colonialists until independence in 1975. A ferrinho (metal bar scraped by another metal object) is used to create the rhythm.
Cruises to Praia
Islands of Cape Verde, Madeira & the Canaries • L2202
- Experience the spectacular beauty of glorious islands
- Enjoy an authentic taste of Cape Verde
- Discover volcanic landscapes and natural wonders
Civilisations of Cape Verde & Morocco • S2303
- Explore the imperial cities of Marrakech & Rabat
- Trek through the Atlas Mountains
- Discover music & dance styles in Cape Verde