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Praia is Cape Verde’s capital and offers a countryside charm and a multicultural atmosphere, with kind inhabitants; it’s an ideal getaway destination. Divided into small unofficial districts, its central zone is established on a plateau surrounded by suburbs spreading over its valleys to its sides. The city centre looks over the bay on the southeast side, leaving visitors amazed. Head out to the Museu Etnografico de Praia, the Ethnographic Museum to indulge in Cape Verde’s history as it displays interesting artefacts and a couple of treasures retrieved from sunken historic ships. To get a feel of local shopping culture, set off to the local market selling all sort of locally produced utensils and souvenirs. Spot the local landmarks as your stroll and explore the city; the Albuquerque Square along with the bust of the Portuguese governor general, the Diogo monument and the Presidential Palace constructed back in the 19th century highlight Portuguese architecture in the city. Also worth visiting is the Quartel Jamie Mota, the oldest building of Praia, built in the early 18th century. Central town area has certain older colonial buildings including the Jaime Mota Barracks. To unwind, the Praia beach welcomes you with a warm breeze, golden sands and blue waters.
Mocimboa Da Praia Airport is only a kilometre away from the city centre.
Royal Air Maroc and TAP Portugal are the airlines operating to and from this airport.
It takes about 8 hours and 35 minutes to cover this journey. Usually a single stopover occurs, mostly in Lisbon, Portugal.
Currently there are no direct flights to Praia from UK.
As the airport is only one kilometre away from the city and so a taxi or a bus can easily to taken to and from the airport.
Praia has countless taxis and bus stops dotted all over the city waiting for customers. Because of lack of an official map, the city centre is a little hap hazard, however taxis know their way around and locals are ever ready to help. The city is full of hills and can be used as a good work along with a scenic trek.
The refreshing sea breezes keep the city’s temperature cool. However, the best time to visit is during August and October, which helps avoid extreme dry weather.
Praia offers a wide array of diverse accommodations including hotels, apartments and guesthouses. If you wish to splurge opt for the Pestana Tropico, situated only 200 meters from the city’s main beach. With outdoor pools and sun beds, it’s a treat to stay here. Hotel Santiago, a three star hotel is only 10 minutes away from Praia’s main beach, sports a contemporary style vibe with clean spacious rooms. The city centre is home to Oasis Praiamar, a luxury hotel, taking comfort to a new relaxed level. Apart from these top notch hotels, the city is dotted with apartments and guesthouses all over, all located very close to the city centre and offering breathtaking views. The apartments specialize in bread and breakfast category. Suburbs have a greater cultural touch, with accommodation facilities such as the farm and the village following a rural and staple theme to attend to their guests. Facing the beachfront, there are certain resorts which facilitate pools amidst the tropics, white sands and a controlled influx of local visitors, allowing guests increased exclusivity. Standard hotels for tourism in the city mostly follow Portuguese culture of architecture and interiors.