Praia — literally "Beach" in Portuguese — is Cape Verde's capital and busiest city. While it's maybe not comparable to a western metropolis, with a population of only about 130,000 (2010 census), one in four Cape Verdeans call the city home and the city is an important thoroughfare for international visitors to the archipelagic country.
Built in neoclassicist style with a square central tower, the town hall is one of the finest examples of colonial architecture around. It's still in use. When the doors are open, make sure to have a look inside. There's even some information on the building's history available for visitors.
Probably the only dorm-beds in Praia. About fifteen minutes from Plató, but close to much of Praia's nightlife. Pluses include free lockers, cleanliness, beers for sale and fast Wi-Fi. However, it does lack a good common area and the kitchen facilities are somewhat limited.
There is no British Embassy in Cape Verde. The British Embassy Dakar, Senegal is responsible for delivering consular assistance to British nationals in Cape Verde. If you’re in Cape Verde and you need urgent consular assistance, you should contact the British Embassy Dakar.
Food and artisanal objects for sale from the early morning on. It's a vibrant, colorful place worth visiting for every traveler, except that it's not a good place if you suffer from claustrophobia, as it can get pretty crammed here. Also, watch out for pickpockets.
Built in the late 19th century as the residence of the Portuguese governor, nowadays it is the presidential palace. It has lately been renovated with financial help from China. Other governmental buildings are located nearby.
A monument dedicated to Diogo Gomes, the explorer of the islands. It is located at the south of the plateau, and there are great views from there to Praia do Gamboa and Ilhéu de Santa Maria.
Newly renovated bed & breakfast located in the heart of the city of Praia, known as Plateau, near the Presidential Palace. Friendly staff, very clean and quiet rooms. Breakfast included.
Next to the Portuguese embassy with a good view of the city, O Poeta is popular among the upper class and tourists. House specialty is barbecued squid with vegetables and cheese.
A square in the central old town. Albuquerque was a governor who was passionate about card playing; therefore, each of the four corners of the square is marked by a suit.
A small island just outside the harbour. Formerly people with leprosy were quarantined on the island; currently Chinese businessmen are planning to set up a casino here.
10min to centre of the Praia. 5km from the airport. Comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi. The hotel also has a pool, fitness center and private parking.
Located in a historic building in the old town, this museum presents the history of the Cape Verdean people through objects of everyday life.
Decrepit infrastructure, outrageously overpriced. Rooms have kingsize beds and are equipped with cable tv, minibar and hairdryer.
The supreme court is a pretty building at the Praça Alexandre Albuquerque. It may be possible to visit it on the inside too.
A great place to eat local food and watch the world go by. Popular among expats and the local chess playing community.
Reportedly good food right in downtown, but the service is slow as usual in Cape Verde. Occasionally live music.
Cultural centre dedicated to the revolutionary leader Amílcar Cabral (1924-73). Notable for its murals.
African cuisine and large servings. They also have a nice selection of local wines. Friendly service.
Located downtown in the Hotel Felicidade. Open all day. Their buffet is popular with businesspeople.
A large cross; from where it stands, there's also a nice view over Quebra Canela beach.
Gamboa beach, which gave the city its name. However, it's not suitable for swimming.
Famous for its bbq chicken, this is also a good restaurant to meet locals.
Located on the plateau, here you can hear national and traditional music.
This three star hotel is a bit past its prime, but is bright and clean.
Wi-Fi available in the common areas, laundry service, private parking.
Specializing in fish, famous for tuna and bacalao on white wine.
The oldest bar in town, located right at the main square.
In Praiha, south of the centre of town near the beaches.
Additionally a rental store at Hotel Pestana Trópico.
Cap Verdean cuisine, wide menu and large servings.
The main office of CTT, Cape Verde's mail.
B&B in the Plateau district. Free Wi-Fi.
Has a panoramic terrace with good views.
Italian and Cape Verdean cuisine.