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Santiago, Cape Verde's largest island, Santiago Island, Landscapes, Cape Verde
Santiago, Cape Verde's largest island

The country's political and administrative centre, it was named Santiago in remembrance of the day on which it was discovered.

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Santiago Island Cape Verde
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Santiago Island

Santiago "the African" is the most populated island, and the one that holds all the characteristics of the Cape Verde in its scenery and population. However, not many interesting sites can be found there, apart from Cidade Velha (the old town, which marks the first settlement of the Portuguese colonialists), a few miles away from Praia; the beach of Tarrafal, in the north; and the town of Assomada, in the centre (best to visit on market days). It is not worth lingering in Praia, the capital (the only interesting area being the historical centre, located on the plateau). You can, however, make the most of a stay in Praia to discover the numerous facets of Cape Verdean music in the numerous bars and nightclubs.

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Santiago Island

Santiago Island, Cape Verde, Santiago Island, Landscapes, Cape Verde
Santiago Island, Cape Verde

A fascinating view of a pier on Cape Verde's largest island.

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, Santiago Island, Landscapes, Cape Verde
Santiago Island © Sam74100 / 123RF
, Santiago Island, Landscapes, Cape Verde
Santiago Island © iStockphoto.com / Sam74100
, Santiago Island, Landscapes, Cape Verde
Santiago Island © iStockphoto.com / Sam74100
Santiago Island, Landscapes, Cape Verde
Santiago Island © iStockphoto.com / Sam74100
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