If there is anything worth celebrating most Cape Verdeans will organize huge parties - at the beach of course! Don't miss out if you are asked to come along, with lots of beer, local food and barbecued fish straight from the ocean you can't go wrong. Bring a fishing pole and join the fun!more
The Praia market is the best place in town for buying African clothes and cheap Cape Verdean CDs. If there is something you are having trouble finding in Praia chaces are you can find it here. They renovated the whole market just after this pic was taken and it looks much better and is better organized nowadays.more
The best beaches in Praia are a short walk from the centre, my favourites are the Praia de Prainha and Praia Quebra Canela. Both offer good snorkeling but watch out for sea urchins!!! They are everywhere! They do not seem to be too poisonous, at least not the ones I had for weeks in my feet :)more
Benfica is a very popular barbecue restaurant in Praia. You get tasty grilled meat with fries, local company (and loud tv probably). Not an advisable choice for vegetarians though, since there is only one standard meat dish on offer basically. But it's prepared deliciously - so if you like some meaty dinner, go for it! Well, there's only one dish:...more
"Sovaco de Cobra" means "armpit of the cobra" in Portuguese. Apart from the funny name it offers delicious French crêpes with both salty and sweet fillings. The service is sometimes a little slow, but who cares when sitting outside on a chilly Cape Verdean night? Apart from crêpes they also offer rather cheap meat and fish dishes which are...more
A cozy restaurant with nice staff, they serve local dishes that are a bit tastier than most places. Try the shrimp coctail and the coffee, most nights they have got local bands playing. If you are going on a weekend try to get there early - its a popular place.more
Bomba'H is a hugely popular nightspot in Praia, especially during the summertime when Capeverdians living abroad visit their country of origin for a few weeks. The club organizes special theme nights in August to cater for the emigrants - there are Paris or Rotterdam theme nights then. If you want to enjoy cool clubbing this is the right place....more
Bad news AGAIN for Santiago Island! The new airport which will allow for direct flights to Lisbon among others, eliminating the need to stop over on Sal has been delayed again! Work has been extremely slow and it was supposed to finally open in April 2005.
They have said the new airport can accomodate twin-engine jets, so in theory direct flights to Europe, West Africa and Brazil are quite possible - now we can just hope and wait...
This is the biggest supermarket in Praia. You can find a changing selection of Capeverdian and international food and drinks. The trouble is just that it's not predictable if something will still be available next week... They might offer Dutch Gouda now and never again after. But it comes closest to a Western supermarket and is also quite pricey. Specialties like Parma ham are obcenely expensive if you compare it to local wage levels. .But it's definitely a good place for weekly shoppings when you don't want to walk around the market and search for goods. Wide range of food and drinks, other small household items, cosmetics, cleaning liquids, insect spray etc. At the exit local boys are waiting to help you with packing the goods and bringing them to your taxi. An adequate tip is around 20 Escudos.
What to buy: The goat cheese from Santo Antão is delicious. Also try the sweet white wine from Fogo.
What to pay: Price level comparable to a European supermarket.
Cape Verde is supposed to be a rabies free country, still, aggressive stray dogs are found in most towns and can be a nuisance. If threatened just bend down and pick up a rock or pretend throwing one, some Cape Verdean kids very much enjoy hitting animals with stones and even the most evil dog will fall for it.
The island of Santiago has lots of unexplored and untouched coastline, even just outside Praia there are long streches of completely deserted coves and beaches. Sadly the sand has been taken from most of the beaches on this island to be used in construction - not a good idea but its cheap... I wouldn't recommend going swimming unless it's a vey calm day though, the currents are extremely strong.