Silversea Luxury Cruises A Praia

Praia

Santiago is the main island of the Cape Verde archipelago and the first one to be settled by the Portuguese in the 15th century. Praia is the capital city of the islands. Its old town enjoys an imposing setting on a plateau overlooking the ocean. The Cape Verde Islands are located 300 miles (480 km) off the coast of West Africa. When the first Portuguese arrived in 1456, they found a land rich in vegetation, but no permanent inhabitants. View more

With the colonisation, the Portuguese planted vineyards and brought in slaves from the West African coast. A population emerged of mixed European and African ancestry, forging a distinct Cape Verdean, highly individual culture. The official language is Portuguese, while the local tongue is Crioulo, a Creole dialect consisting of archaic Portuguese mixed with many African elements. The islands became a convenient base for ships transporting slaves to Europe and the Americas. Wine was exported to Portugal, adding to the islands’ economy. After World War II, the newly formed African Party began to pressure Portugal for independence, which was finally attained in 1975. Foreign aid and remittances from a large number of the islands’ citizens working abroad are ensuring a high rate of economic growth. The port of Praia is a major trading hub for agricultural products from the other islands. Visitors find Mediterranean-style houses, cobbled streets, Latin rhythm and African inspiration. Cidade Velha is the site of the original settlement and should not be missed.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursions depuis Praia

History & Monuments of Praia

The town of Praia de Santa Maria appeared in 1615 when it settled on a plateau nearby a beach (Santa Maria beach). From the pier, depart via coach for the "plateau" which is the site of Praia's colonial town centre. Here, ancient buildings and monuments attest to its rich history.


Praia

Once in the old city centre, begin a short walking exploration making stops at the Post Office building and visiting the Municipal Market. Returning to the coach, travel six miles (10km) west of Praia to Cidade Velha, the original Portuguese settlement and the first city established in the West African region.


Cidade Velha

Upon arrival in Cidade Velha, take to the historic street on foot once again, led by your guide. Visit the impressive St. Felipe fortress situated prominently at the top of the town and discover the monuments to the slave trade. Listen as the guide proffers insight into the amazing history of this unique Old City, with its history as a slave trading centre between the three continents of Africa, Europe and America. Following your discovery here, begin the return to the ship.


Please note: This tour is a walking tour; extensive walking in Praia's town centre and Cidade Velha is required. Comfortable shoes are recommended. Local conditions may be challenging, therefore we urge flexibility and understanding as we visit these unique, and somewhat remote destinations.