Praia, Cape Verde, in a nutshell
Located in the south of the island of Santiago, Praia is bordered to the south and east by the Atlantic Ocean.
With 130,000 inhabitants, it is a human-sized destination. The commercial port exports coffee, sugarcane, and tropical fruits daily. Fishing is also one of the significant industries.
Established in 1615, Praia became the capital of the country in 1770 and still holds that status today.
What to do in Praia, Cape Verde?
Even though the city of Praia has some points of interest, it is primarily an excellent destination, perfect for observing local life and relaxing. Ideal for slow travelers!
1. PRAIA AND ITS BEACHES
2. Plateau, the touristy area
3. The bustling Sucupira Market.
The Sucupira Market is a real maze where you can find all sorts of products: food, clothing, gadgets, and even poultry and pigs. It’s not the most incredible market in the world, but if, like me, you enjoy strolling through these places and see them as a good way to get a feel for a location, I can only recommend it.
4. Parque 5 de Julho, meeting point
A lovely little park to take a break, rest from your walk, and observe people playing Uri, a very popular African game in Cape Verde. When I was there, it was December 25th, and it was interesting to see the locals coming out of the church and celebrating Christmas.
5. The rest of the city
Do not be afraid to venture away from tourist spots. I walked a lot in Praia during the day and in the evening. Getting lost in its streets is the best way to immerse yourself in the country’s atmosphere. Concerts in restaurants, crowds gathering in squares, children lining up at the ice cream shop, the sound of nightclubs, dust, graffiti, food stalls… Every corner is an immersion into the life of the Cape Verdeans.
How to Get to Praia?
Praia has an airport. TACV, TAP, and Royal Air Maroc regularly offer flights from abroad, as does Air Sénégal.
If you are on another island, you can also take a domestic flight with the national carrier TACV.
Finally, it is possible to take a ferry between the islands with the company CV Interilhas. This is recommended for travelers who have time, as delays are often frequent.