Santiago (Cape Verde)
Praia is the capital of Cape Verde.
Cidade Velha is the former capital.
Calheta is on the east coast of the island of Santiago. It is the capital of São Miguel district.
Santiago has an international airport in Praia which is also a domestic hub.
The port has some connections by boat to other islands.
Tarrafal can be reached from Praia with a shared car (aluguer) for 500 escudos (2019). The car leaves from the central marked in Praia when the car is full. There are also aluguers that are going to other destinations, but the locals will guide you to the right one if you tell them your destination. It might take up to an hour or longer for the car from/to Taraffal to fill up, so plan ahead if you are going from Tarrafal to the airport in Praia. The journey is about 1h30m and the roads literally goes on the mountain ridges; it provides a magnificent view. It is also possible to ask the driver to drop you off on the way, but expect to pay the same price.