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Capital of Cape Verde
Praia Highlights
Capital of Cape Verde
Portuguese for "beach", Praia has plenty of them along with historic landmarks and museums.
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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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Destinations for Cruises from Praia

The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise from Praia. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:

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Cruise Lines with Cruises from Praia

The following cruise lines feature cruises leaving from Praia. Select a cruise line to view upcoming cruises that they're offering from Praia:

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Specialty Cruise Lines

These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.

On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.

Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).

Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.

Lindblad Expeditions
  • Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 16 (28 - 148 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive
  • National Geographic Partnership
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Things to do near Praia

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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