Praia – Cultural Praia

Explore and enjoy lively Santiago, the Capital of Cape Verde. Admire the city’s highlights. Visit the market, take pictures from the overlook and take some souvenirs back home from this great island and its warm people.

Included in your cruise
  • Visit the capital of Cape Verde.
  • Enjoy an experience that will show highlights of the city.
  • Culture immersion at the Ethnographical Museum and city market.
  • Admire views of the city at the photo-op.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Easy

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  • Notices

    Appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

Visit the center of the city, the Plateu, and the Museu Etnográfico da Praia, which was founded in 1997. Your visit to colorful life on Cape Verde continues by visiting the vegetable market. A short walk takes you to Praça Alexandre Albuquerque square, an emblematic place in Santiago. This square also features the Municipal Palace, which was built in the 1920s in Portuguese colonial style. Just around the corner is the Presidential Palace and the overlook, along with the viewpoint featuring the statue of Diogo Gomes, who discovered the islands of Cape Verde in 1460. Here, you have great view outside of the city. One of the oldest buildings in Praia is the Jaime Mota Barracks (Quartel Jaime Mota) dating from 1826, which you will also see.

The next part of the tour will take you past the Prime Minister’s house and various embassies. Then we will enjoy breathtaking views from the Cruz de Papa Monument, just above Quebra Canela Beach. Outside the colonial city center we find Avenida Cidade de Lisboa, the most modern street in Praia. The Goverment Palace and soccer stadium are located in this street as well, along with the National Library and statue of Amilcar Cabral. After seeing them, we will head back to the port to visit the colorful Sucupira Market.

Practical information:

  • Language: English and Portuguese

  • Remarks/requirements: Appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes

  • Walking information: Some steps at the museum. The rest are paved or cobblestone surfaces

  • Wheelchair accessible: No