Santiago is the largest island in the archipelago, fifty-five kilometres in length and twenty-nine kilometres wide. One of the islands best attractions are the deep valleys, the result of erosion with the passing of time.

Praia, Cabo Verde’s capital city, arose on the Plateau, overlooking the bay. Walk through the streets and admire the attractive old quarter buildings, then sip a good coffee in an outdoor bar, or rest in the pleasant gardens.

Opposite the town is the islet of Sta Maria, where you can see the lighthouse, constructed in 1881 so named after Dona Maria Pia, a Portuguese queen, this wind-battered edifice provides a scenic vantage point for views across the coastline.

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