Praia, Cabo Verde

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Praia is Cabo Verde’s capital and its most populous city. It is located on the south shore of the island of São Tiago (Santiago).


Praia became the capital of Portuguese-controlled Cape Verde in 1770. It remained capital when the country gained independence in 1975.

Modern City

Praia’s port is the commercial hub of the Cabo Verdean islands. It handles coffee, sugar cane and tropical fruit.

There is an international airport located west of the city.

Places of Interest

The island’s beaches near the city are popular with tourists.

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