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The city of Praia has a mild climate, with a short season of irregular rains, which runs from June to September.

Despite the influence of the Sahara Desert, the city does not suffer great variations of weather, with moderate temperatures due to the surrounding ocean and sea currents. The maximum temperature rarely exceeds 32 ° C and the minimum temperature rarely drops below 18 ° C.

Cabo Verde has a good communications network, with two companies that divide the market with fierce competition. Mobile network covers the entire country and almost all locations, and this includes mobile internet at 3G speed. There are prepaid sim cards that can be purchased at the operators’ stores (scattered around the city).

The Cabo Verdean people distinguish themselves by being peaceful and sociable, and the country stands out for the stability and absence of any type of conflict, denominated by morabeza. In terms of safety, one should only follow the basic precautions of the general safety standards in any country.

As the headquarters of the largest public hospital in the country, the city of Praia also has five health centres and several pharmacies spread around the neighbourhoods. Private and specialty clinics provide greater access to health care in the country.

 

 

In terms of transportation, Praia has a selection of options.

Port

The port of Praia plays a significant role in the city.

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Buses, Taxis and Rent-A-Car Services

Praia has a comprehensive road network and an urban public transport network.

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Airport

Praia International Airport provides domestic and international connections.

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The City of Praia has a wide variety of hotels, guesthouses, bed & breakfasts and apartments.

Apartments

Live on the beach as a local, with a privileged location and more privacy.

Hotels

The city has a significant number of hotels, ranging from basic to luxurious.

Praia, the capital of Cabo Verde, is located on the island of Santiago, which has a unique blend of diverse landscapes, volcanic rocks, green valleys, arid regions and beautiful beaches.

No visit to Santiago would be complete without a visit to the old capital, the Old City (Cidade Velha), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a cradle of Cabo Verde. Worthy of mention here are the ruins of the Cathedral, the Pelourinho and the Royal Fort of São Filipe, the main point of slave trade between Europe, Africa and America.

On the way to the north of the island, it is worth visiting the Botanical Museum of Cabo Verde, in São Lourenço de los Organos, which is lavish in examples of the variety of nature of the islands. Walk in the Natural Park of Sierra Malagueta, from Tarrafal, and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Mangue Baixo. If you decide to get to know other islands of Cabo Verde, there are daily flights to the island of São Vicente (45 minutes flight), Sal (35 minutes flight), Boavista (25 minutes flight) and Fogo (25 minutes flight). For the islands of Maio and São Nicolau, there are flights two and three times a week respectively.

With beautiful white sandy beaches, Sal Island offers unique conditions for activities related to the sea and beach, such as swimming, surfing, windsurfing, diving, fishing and boating.

Some of the largest beaches in Cabo Verde are on the island of Boa Vista, which is, for this same reason, a strong tourist destination. In addition to relaxing in the sun, you will also find a wide range of activities, such as boat trips, long walks through the dunes and caves, diving, observation of migratory animals or listening and dancing to the sound of the morna.

The island of Maio, despite being a rather arid plain that resembles a desert, is contrasted with landscapes of acacia forests due to the reforestation of the island.There are several green oases and some palm plantations. Throughout the island, there are extensive white sand beaches and a deep blue sea, the most famous being Ponta Preta beach.

The island of Fogo, with its volcano, is one of the 7 wonders of Cabo Verde. The crater – 100 to 200 m deep and 500 m in diameter – dominates the landscape and forms a spectacular natural complex formed by the volcano, the Chã and the Caldeira.

The island of Brava is the smallest and most mountainous of the inhabited islands of Cabo Verde. It is considered the garden of Cabo Verde due to the abundance and variety of species of flowers. Because it is a mountainous island, it does not have an airport, however there are daily sea connections to the Islands of Fogo and Santiago.

São Vicente is an abundant island for cultural amusement activities. Its nightlife is famous for its energetic bars with live music, in which for example the career of the famous Cesaria Évora began.

Santo Antão is the second largest island of the archipelago. It is considered the greenest of the archipelago and one of the main tourist destinations of Cabo Verde, especially for those who desire a mountain holiday or eco-tourism. Its landscapes, natural parks of Cova-Ribeira and the Cruzinha Natural Reserve contrast with very dry areas, making the beauty of this island distinctive. It is a true paradise for those who enjoy hiking, trekking, mountain biking and canyoning. Access to the island can be gained by sea from S. Vicente.

The island of São Nicolau, through its mountains and the main village, Ribeira Brava, has long been the seat of the diocese of Cabo Verde. Situated on the highest point of the island, the National Park of Monte Gordo, has a breathtaking view where adventure-loving tourists can go on various walking tours, as there are several circuits for trekking. The Juncalinho to the northeast of the island is an obligatory walk where there is a fabulous natural pool of crystalline and green waters.

Cabo Verde is a unique and memorable destination. Watch this movie and find more about the country and its 10 islands: Cabo Verde, one country 10 destinations