Santiago Island

Santiago is the largest island of the archipelago of Cape Verde. Administratively, it is divided into nine municipalities. The city of Praia is both the capital of the country and its most populous city. Santiago Island has experienced extraordinary development since independence in 1975 with the population doubling since that year.

The island has the recently expanded Praia International Airport which receives international flights from Europe (Lisbon, Paris, Amsterdam, Munich), South America (Fortaleza, Brazil), North America (Boston) and the African continent, in addition to domestic flights.

Ribeira Grande of Santiago, formerly Cidade Velha, 15km west of Praia on the coast, was the great first capital of Cape Verde.

The island of santiago has very interesting places to visit such as: 

  • Pico da Antónia, the highest point in the country with an altitude of 1392 meters, where you can enjoy a hike to visit the volcano and enjoy nature.
  • The Tabanca Museum situated in the centre of Assomada on Santiago Island with easy access by transport. Tabanca is an ancestral cultural manifestation practiced on the islands of Santiago and Maio, which reflects the origin of Cape Verdean culture – the blending of European and African cultures.
  • Cidade Velha is located in the municipality of Ribeira Grande of Santiago, 15km west of Praia, on the coast of Cape Verde. It was the first city built by Europeans in the tropics and the first capital of the archipelago of Cape Verde.
  • Tarrafal, where you can enjoy the beach of the same name with a view of the mountain.
  • Serra da Malagueta, to enjoy a walk or hike in the mountain and still visit the Natural Park and enjoy nature.
  • Quebra Canela Beach, just outside the city of Praia where every year a music festival with national and international artists takes place. You can also surf or ski on this beach.
  • Prainha for a swim and a cold beer.