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Praia

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Praia is Cape Verde's capital and busiest town. Probably not worth visiting in itself, but worth a half-day exploration if you are passing through to another destination.

The centre of town lies on a plateau overlooking the bay to the southeast. The airport lies a few kilometers to the northeast.

A few kilometers south of centre is the area of Prainha which has two pleasant beaches and a few further accomadation options.


Get in

Praia has an international airport. Taxis from the airport to Praia cost 500$. After 18:00 the cost is 1000$. There does not appear to be public transport to the airport.

Get around

See

  • Praia town hall. (14.917112,-23.509324)
  • Praia Cathedral. (14.917389,-23.508751)
  • Palácio da Justiça. (14.917710,-23.508626)


Do

Buy

Eat

  • Cybercafé Sofia. A great place to eat local food and watch the world go by. (14.919648,-23.507438)


Drink

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

  • Hotel América, CP 55/A, (+238) 262 1431 (). In Praiha, south of the centre of town near the beaches sgl 4500$ dbl 5500$ suite 7200$ including breakfast.
  • Benfica Pensao, 30 Rua 5 de Julho | Plateau Praia, Praia, Santiago CP 273A, Cape Verde.
  • Beramar Restauracao Hotelaria e Tourismo, Cha De Areia, Praia, Santiago, Cape Verde.
  • Perola Hotel, Cha de Areia, Praia, Santiago 129A, Cape Verde.
  • Residencial Praia Maria, 30 Rua 5 de Julho | Plateau Praia, Praia, Santiago CP 273A, Cape Verde (In a quiet area near the main market), [1]. checkout: 12:00. This three star hotel is a bit past its prime, but is bright and clean. Sgl 4200-6000$ dbl 5200-7000$ triple 6500-8000$ includes breakfast.


Splurge

  • Pestana Trópico, Caixa Postal 413 Cidade da Praia Cabo Verde, (+238) 2614200 (, fax: (+238) 2615225), [2]. 10min to centre of the Praia. 5km from the airport.
  • Oásis Atlântico Praiamar, Prainha, Cidade da Praia, Ilha de Santiago, (+238) 261 3777 / 261 4153 (, fax: (+238) 261 2972), [3].

Get out

Cidade Velha, the historic capital, is an easy half-day trip.


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