Praia facts for kids
Aerial view of Praia
Map showing, in red, Praia in the Santiago island.
|• Total||94 km2 (36 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1 m (3 ft)|
|• Density||1,360/km2 (3,522/sq mi)|
Praia is the capital of the island nation of Cape Verde. It lies on Santiago island in the Sotavento archipelago. The city has, in 2010, a population of 127,832. Praia is Cape Verde's largest city. It is also the commercial center of the country. The name Praia means "beach" in Portuguese.
Praia has a port that transports coffee, sugar cane, and tropical fruits. Praia also has a fishing industry. The city is home to one of the nation's two international airports. There are resort beaches nearby.
Things to see
Some of the interesting things to see in Praia include:
- Albuquerque Square
- The old city hall
- The Presidential Palace - built in the end of the 19th century, it was used for the Portuguese governor
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