Praia Profile

Formerly known as Praia de Santa Maria, Praia is the capital of the island nation of Cape Verde and with 105,000 inhabitants is home to around a quarter of the nation's population. Praia, meaning 'beach' is located on the south-east of Santiago island (see map right.) Founded in 1650 it took over the role as capital in 1770 from the oldest settlement in Cape Verde, Cidade Velha (Old City), which had been an important gateway for the trading of slaves from Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone to the Americas, notably Brazil. Today Praia's economy is based on the export of coffee, tropical fruits and sugar supplemented by fishing and tourism.

Unfortunately, despite its location, many report that Praia is unwelcoming to tourists with frequent reports of muggings, litter everywhere and unsanitary conditions not least because of no public toilet facilities. Overall Praia is somewhat run down with crumbling colonial buildings dating from the 1820s, wrecked and rusting boats littering the shoreline and tin roofed stalls straddling the markets alongside shanty type buildings that line the streets and continue as you leave the dusty town.


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Praia Profile

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Facts, video and information about Praia the capital of Cape Verde located on Santiago Island together with a brief history and interactive map.

 
 


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