Santiago is a wonderful fusion of all the Cape Verdean islands put together.
The capital Praia is a bustling, vibrant city built over several plateaus. But head off into the interior and you’ll find mountain peaks and fertile valleys of manioc and banana.
If you only have one day on the island, then you should definitely visit the archipelago’s oldest settlement Cidade Velha, which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2009.
Nowadays a charming village along the coast, the area attracts a lot of people, wanting to visit the fort which overlooks the village, the churches and the pelourinho a 16th-century pillory used to punish slaves.
The island’s second largest city Assomada should also not be missed, especially on a Saturday and Wednesday when the African market attracts a lot of locals and visitors alike. Here you can buy anything from chicken to furniture.
Lovely Tarrafal has sandy beaches and is the ideal base to relax or dive.
There is much to see and do when travelling around the islands of Cape Verde. On Santiago we are able to offer experiences which reflect the highlights of the island by allowing you to step off the beaten track or indulge in some of the more active ativities on offer.
Most of the 4-star hotels on Santiago are situated in the diplomatic area of the capital, Praia. However, in the city centre, there are some local style hotels and guesthouses. Further afield around Rui Vaz and Assomada, in the middle of the island, there are a couple of comfortable hotels with great views of the surrounding mountain. In the north, around the coastal town of Tarrafal, you'll find a few B&Bs and Pensions.