Situated on the southern coast of Santiago Island (in the Sotavento Islands of the Republic of Cabo Verde), Praia is a great place to visit during a cruise, whether you're departing from it or visiting it during the cruise (the latter being the more common way). Praia is a very historic city with many landmark buildings (especially in its old town), a few notable museums, monuments, markets, and many beaches (Praia is Portuguese for “beach”). Those who choose to enjoy the beach will discover the water conditions perfect for sports such as surfing and water skiing. Being that Praia is located in the Atlantic and within close proximity to Africa, you will also discover mouthwatering seafood and African-style cuisine in the city’s numerous restaurants.
Ponant and Seabourn are the only cruise lines that currently offer cruises from Praia. Ponant features a few Africa itineraries onboard ships L’Austral, Le Dumont d’Urville, and Le Lyrial. Seabourn will feature a luxury cruise to Western Europe onboard their newest ship, Seabourn Venture, in April 2022. Depending on which cruise line you choose, voyages range in length between 7- and 13-nights. A great time to visit Praia for nice weather is between December and April.
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These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Praia, along with a brief description:
♦ Farol de D. Maria Pia
Standing at the entrance of Praia Harbor is Farol de Dona Maria Pia, a 68-foot tall lighthouse named after Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal. The lighthouse keeper is very friendly who will guide you through the lighthouse and share his knowledgeable insights with you. The views from the top are simply stupendous! Plus, if you visit during the sunrise or sunset, the views become even more spectacular!
♦ Quebra Canela Beach
If you come to Praia for watersports, then Quebra Canela is certainly the beach for you! Many come to this beach to partake in activities such as surfing, waterskiing, kayaking, swimming, and more. There are also a bunch of bars and restaurants in the near vicinity, which means you won’t need to wander far to quench your thirst and hunger!
♦ Nucleo Museologico de Praia
If you are fascinated by shipwrecks and maritime history, then you certainly can’t miss out on visiting Nucleo Museologico de Praia! This museum showcases artifacts salvaged from local shipwrecks that occurred due to bad weather and pirate attacks. Many of the relics trace back to French, English, and Dutch roots. Among the items you can view include gold coins, jewelry, medicine bottles, cannons, ivory, and all sorts of personal objects that once belonged to the men and women who once sailed these ships.
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