Praia, Cape Verde

Praia, Cape Verde

According to abbreviationfinder, Praia is the capital of Cape Verde, located on the island of Santiago (Sao Tiago), where the visitor will find many civil buildings, shops and markets to make purchases. Among the places of interest are the São Jorge botanical garden, since it is the only one in the country, and the Cidade Velha (old city), which was the first capital of the archipelago and has an impressive fort, São Filipe.

Praia has two beautiful beaches, Praiamar and Quebra-Canela, west of the rocky center of the city. About 20 kilometers inland from Praia is Sao Domingos, the closest agricultural valley to the city.


It dates back to the 15th century when the Portuguese landed in the archipelago for the first time without knowing life on the island. In theory, the use of the island would be to be a supply point to trade with the Indies and Brazil in terms of slaves.

In 1975 Guinea Bissau became independent and shortly after Cape Verde did, the party that rose to power in both was the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde, which planned to unite both countries into one. Finally the idea was discarded and each one followed its course.


Praia is the capital of the archipelago of islands of Cape Verde. This archipelago is located in northwestern Africa near Dakar. There are some paradisiacal beaches.


Praia is located on the island of Santiago, the largest in the archipelago, within the group of leeward islands.


The climate is tropical and dry. Very high temperatures are not recorded and they are quite stable. The rains are not very common and there is abundant aridity. The average temperature is 25º C and the rainy season is between August and October.


Of the more than 100,000 residents that we can find in the capital, the vast majority are Creoles and a small minority are of African descent. Those of European descent are practically non-existent.

Regarding religion, the population is usually Catholic for the most part, although these devotions have readapted them a bit and have merged them with some indigenous beliefs. See population of Cape Verde.


They are mainly dedicated to the export of different products such as coffee, sugar cane or citrus fruits and to the activities generated by tourism in the area.

The most important industries are food and drink, footwear and clothing, or salt mines.


The main attraction of Praia and the islands in general are its beaches. Authentic paradises that welcome thousands of tourists every year.

Art and culture

The pottery and basketry crafts are the most exploited on the island. Also pottery and lace objects, which are highly sought after by tourists.

Holidays and traditions

  • January 20, nationality day.
  • May 19, Praia
  • July 5, independence day.

Monuments and places of interest

Among the places of interest of Praia is the Platô or Plateau neighborhood, located on a promontory on the ocean coast, and in which there are public buildings as well as other important buildings, such as the Presidential Palace, erected at the end of the XIX century as the residence of the Portuguese governor, at the time of the Portuguese colonization. The city also has the Old Town Hall (Câmara Municipal), a building with a classic façade and a square central tower. Also noteworthy are the Church of Our Lady of Grace, in a neoclassical style, the Ethnographic Museum and the Monument of the Portuguese navigator Diogo Gomes, discoverer of the island of Santiago in 1460.

To the west of Praia, at a distance of 15 kilometers on the coast, is the Old Town, which was the ancient capital of Cape Verde. To the north about 60 km is the town of Assomada, with its much visited market and the Tabanka Museum. To the north of the island of Santiago you can find Tarrafal with its paradisiacal beaches for tourism. Also among the nearby towns are: Porto Gouveia, Porto Mosquito and Santa Ana.


There are 11 lines of urban buses that pass through all the neighborhoods of the city. The Nelson Mandela International Airport, is located to the east of the city, and serves as communication to the capital with the many islands of the country and also with international routes from Africa, America and Europe.

The port of the city received an extension in 2013, and is used both for the transport of passengers and goods to the rest of the islands In the city there is an availability of about 1,000 taxis that provide service To move to other towns is very usual to do it in Hiace, which are private vans. Almost all of them leave the Sucupira area and those that go to Cidade Velha, leave from the Terra Branca Rotunda.


The city of Praia is home to six soccer teams from Cape Verde. Four from Serie A, Académica, FC Boavista, Sporting Clube da Praia and CD Travadores, and two from Serie B, Praia Rural and Tchadense. It also has three basketball teams, both from Serie A, ABC Praia and Sporting.

Important Characters

The writers Mário Alberto Fonseca de Almeida and Arnaldo Carlos de Vasconcelos França were born in Praia.

Praia, Cape Verde