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THE CRADLE OF A CAPTIVATING NATION

Half of half a million of Cabo Verde inhabitants is concentrated in the largest of its islands, Santiago island, where lively cosmopolitanism combine with the hard rural struggle for subsistence, paradisiacal vegetation and desert desolation, ways of island and continental life. A mosaic of the variety of Africa on a piece of land with a thousand square kilometers available to the visitor that seeks only the comfortable enjoyment of nature or to the curious traveler unable to weary with need to discover.

Sometimes considered the “most African” of all the Cape Verde islands, the reason of this image can be understood for it is the territory of the archipelago where the contrasts are sharper. It’s also called the “cradle of the Cape Verdean identity” for its diversity and cultural wealth, gastronomy and landscape that characterize it, delighting the visitors. The beautiful beaches and the magnificent coves shall not be forgotten.

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WHERE TO STAY

There is a wide range of accommodation and prices available in the city of Praia, namely hotels, hostels and boarding-houses. Accommodation is also available in the interior of the island, namely Tarrafal, Santa Catarina, Cidade Velha, Calheta de São Miguel, Rui Vaz and Santa Cruz.

WHERE TO EAT
The offer of food is distinctive and varied everywhere, but it’s in the capital city that a wider range of choices is available, both at the level of traditional dishes – grilled chicken and pintchos, or pork kebobs, and at the level of the more sophisticated cuisine. Cachupa and seafood dishes are very popular. Some restaurants serve international food…

VENTURE
INTO THE ISLAND’S UNUSUAL INTERIOR … 

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The extreme south and north of Santiago island are 75 kilometers distant, linking the city of Praia to Tarrafal, a word that raises contradictory feelings ranging from the idea of paradise freedom offered by nature and terror caused by the evocation of the tragic memory of the colonial concentration camp, closed in 1954 and now a museum so that the dramatic lesson is not lost. The white sandy beaches there, the only ones existing in the island only, attract numerous foreign and domestic tourists seeking for moments of fun, pleasure and rest.
The road that connects the city of Praia to Tarrafal, through the interior of the island, is an x-ray of the island of Santiago.

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The extreme south and north of Santiago island are 75 kilometers distant, linking the city of Praia to Tarrafal, a word that raises contradictory feelings ranging from the idea of paradise freedom offered by nature and terror caused by the evocation of the tragic memory of the colonial concentration camp, closed in 1954 and now a museum so that the dramatic lesson is not lost. The white sandy beaches there, the only ones existing in the island only, attract numerous foreign and domestic tourists seeking for moments of fun, pleasure and rest.
The road that connects the city of Praia to Tarrafal, through the interior of the island, is an x-ray of the island of Santiago.

On the way between the city of Praia and Tarrafal, it’s worth visiting the botanical garden of Cabo Verde, in São Jorge, which is lavish in examples of the variety of nature in this insular piece of Africa. Following the route, the visitor finds places hit hard by drought, sees cliffs and even imposing mountains like Pico da Antonia (the highest point on the island), and penetrates into desert areas soon followed by other areas of lush vegetation.

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