Praia, Santiago Island – Cape Verde

Praia is the capital and largest city of Cape Verde. Located on the southern coast of Santiago island. Nearly half of the nation´s population lives on Santiago Island.

Language: The official language is Portuguese. Creole tends to be used in conversation.

Taxi info: Taxis operate on a cash basis, and will accept local currency, USD and Euro.

Beautiful walking street with a lot of restaurants, boutiques, arts

Population iscrease:

Year 1990 – 61,644

Year 2000 – 94,161         +52.7%

Year 2010 – 130,271       +38.3%

Year 2017 – 159,050       +22.1%


Praia has a desert climate (Köppen: BWh) with a short wet season and a lengthy, very pronounced dry season. In fact, outside of the months of August, September and October, little precipitation falls on Praia. Since the coldest month is far above 18 °C (64 °F) its temperature patterns resembles a tropical climate, but lacks enough precipitation to be classified as such. Despite the fact that it has an arid climate, Praia seldom gets very hot or very cold, due to its oceanside location on Santiago Island. Temperatures are warm and constant with an average high temperature of 27 °C (81 °F) and an average low temperature of 22 °C (72 °F).

Been to this place May 17, 2023

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