Santiago Island

Cape Verde Islands are The Caribbean Islands on the wrong side of the Atlantic and as undeveloped as Lanzarote was 25 years ago.

Santiago Island Cape Verde is an archipelago comprising ten islands - some mountainous, some flat and sandy - in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. They are the next group of Islands below the Canary Islands,



 Santiago Island


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Praia Village Hotel

Praia Village Hotel    Santiago Island

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Set a 5-minute drive from Gamboa Beach, this 5-star residence is just 11 km from the centre of Praia. You can hire a bicycle and explore the island or have a massage on site. More  Santiago Island

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Palm Beach Resort


Palm Beach Resort    Santiago Island

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Set by the beach on Santiago Island, this hotel is just 200 metres from Pedra Badejo village. It offers free Wi-Fi access and rooms with a private veranda and panoramic sea views. More  Santiago Island

Set by the beach on Santiago Island, this hotel is just 200 metres from Pedra Badejo village. It offers free Wi-Fi access and rooms with a private veranda and panoramic sea views.

The rooms at Palm Beach Resort are spacious and have a seating area with leather armchairs and a TV. Each one is air-conditioned and also has an en suite bathroom with free toiletries.

Breakfast is provided every morning in the dining room or in the comfort of guest rooms. You can also enjoy Cape Verdean dishes, sample the hotel’s seafood specialties or relax with a drink in the bar.

A souvenir shop, an airport shuttle and currency exchange are some of the other services available. There are also water sports facilities on site and local activities include diving and fishing.

Sao Vicente Island
Cape Verde
Mendelo-Soa-Vincente-Island Beach Scene

The temperature in Sao Vincente is constant throughout the year ranging from twenty-five to thirty degrees.
Sal Island Cape Verde
Sal Island Cape Verde

Sal is a great place to visit if you like a relaxing beach holiday, sunbathing and watersports such as Diving, windsurfing, surfing and fishing.
Santo Antao Island
Cape Verde
Tarrafal, Santiago, Cape Verde.  I flew back to the island of Santiago, where the capital is located, for my flight back to Dakar and, eventually, New York.  Tarrafal beach, to the north of the capital, is a nice spot to relax.

Santo Antao is one of the most beautiful islands of the archipelago of Cape Verde. The mountain forests and valleys of Santo Antao are truly great for hiking.
BoaVista Island
 in Cape Verde

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The countryside of Boavista is, dominated by sand dunes and plantations of coconut and date palms, has a white sand desert in the interior, almost cheek by jowl with a subtropical oasis
Sao Nicolau Island
Cape Verde

Sao Nicolau Port
Sao Nicolau is located between the major islands of Sal and Sao Vicente Cape Verde Islands
Maio Island Cape Verde
Wine on Terrace
Maio Island belongs to the leeward group of islands and is located south of Boavista and about 25 km east of Santiago.
Fogo Island Cape Verde
The Capital of Fogo Island is Sao Filipe and it is a wonderful colonial town filled with charming old buildings built by the Portugese.
Bravo Island Cape Verde
Bravo Island Cape Verde
Brava is perhaps the most beautiful of Cape Verde's ten islands. Cape Verdeans call Brava, "the island of flowers." But this entirely misses the point of Brava's beauty.

Santiago Island Cape Verde

meaning Saint James in Portuguese, or spelt Santiagu in the local language, is the largest of all Cape Verde islands. Santiago is the largest agricultural centre of all the Cape Verde islands and is home to half of Cape Verde’s population.

Santiago can be found between the islands of Maio and Fogo and is one of the Sotavento islands. Santiago was the first town of all the islands and the town of Cidade Velha was founded as Riberia Grande in 1462. Santiago is home to the Cape Verde’s capital city of Praia and also has one of the islands two international airports. Santiago’s population has doubled since the independence of Cape Verde in 1975. Along with Santiago other  towns on the island are Assomada and Tarrafal. The main source of employment for the people of the island are agriculture, tourism and fishing. The main agricultural products are corn, sugar cane, banana, coffee and mangoes.

Santiago was discovered by António da Noli in around 1460 and built a garrison in Cidade Velha which was known as Ribeira Grande. The Crioulos on the island are the oldest African-European community in colonial history. The local creole language, which is called Crioulo de Santiago, has became a separate language. During the slave trade Cidade Velha was the second richest city in the Portuguese empire. Portugal was unable to defend its colonies as the English, Dutch, French and Spanish took over the slave trade and the island was later raided by pirates. The island population were overlooked by the Portuguese colonial system and Santiago was a strong supporter of Amilcar Cabral and the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde and the independence of 1975. Santiago has often hosted conferences on Creole culture and maintaining it. See history for more information.

Since the independence of Cape Verde, infrastructure has improved especially schools, shipping ports, airports, roads, and much more.


Kriol Jazz Festival to take place in Praia

RAI, PraiaThe Kriol Jazz Festival celebrates Cape Verdean and Creole culture.

One of the best times to visit Praia, the largest city of the Cape Verde Islands, is during the annual Kriol Jazz Festival. This event is not only a festival of music but also serves as a celebration of culture and the Creole heritage of Praia itself, so it is a wonderful opportunity to get a true feel of the city and its people.

Throughout the course of the festival visitors can enjoy a selection of concerts and performances by a mixture of local musicians and international acts. One of the organiser’s aims is to promote Creole music from all over the world, so the festival hosts performers from areas such as the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and Africa. Praia is home to the oldest version of a Creole language still spoken today, and so is a perfect location for a celebration like this and a great place to experience these cultures.

The festival has plenty of other exciting things to offer as well as music. A range of workshops, documentary showings and lectures are available for visitors, and it is even possible to take part in a jam session and make some jazz music yourself.

With flights to the area from the United Kingdom taking only a few hours, the Kriol Jazz Festival is a perfect place to experience a variety of new cultures and a fascinating city and area. It is a great event for anyone who enjoys good music and exploring heritage.



Language: Portuguese & Creole
Currency: CV Escudo
Mulatto 71%, African 28%, European 1%

Praia, the capital of Cape Verde is situated on the island of Santiago.

Location in Santiago Island:
In the middle of the leeward group of islands with a surface area of 991 Km2, Santiago is the biggest island in the archipelago.

In the north/south direction, its longest point is 55 Km and from east to west, 29 Km. Of volcanic origin, the highest point of its mountainous peaks is called Pico de Antonio, with an altitude of 1392m. The deep and beautiful valleys, the result of hundreds of years of erosion, offer excellent agricultural conditions and the view of these regions from above is truly breathtaking. There is a great contrast between the vegetation and the mild and humid climate of the higher regions and that of some lower regions, which are very dry and arid.

History of Santiago Island:
Santiago was the first island to be populated after the Portuguese discovery of Cape Verde in the 14th century.

The economy of the island was developed mainly through the use of African slave labour, and as a result became a commercial trading post with the African Continent and naturally assimilated more of the African influence than the rest of the islands.

Pirate attacks were frequent on the old capital town of Ribeira Grande. In 1583, it was also attacked by forces supporting the Prior of Crato, in the battle for the succession to the throne of Portugal; and the French pirate J.Cassard finally devasted the town in 1712. It was from this point on that Praia assumed predominance and today remains the capital of the Republic.

Agriculture and fishing are still the principal industries of Santiago. The island is full of beautiful scenery, charming beaches and living examples of its historical past.

Due to its true natural beauty, a facinating past and a modern international airport, Santiago is destined to become one of Cape Verde`s premier tourist destinations.

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