Sao Tiago, Cape Verde Islands
São Tiago (Santiago) is the largest island of Cape Verde, its most important agricultural centre and home to half the nation's population. Santiago is located between the islands of Maio (40 km west) and Fogo (50 km east) and is one of the Sotavento. The capital city is Praia, a traditional bustling African town.
Santiago is rich in history and culture and is known for its great nightlife. It boasts a unique blend of diverse landscapes making it popular for hiking and bird watching. No visit to Santiago would be complete without a trip to the old capital of, the main slave trading point between Europe, Africa and America.
Things to see and do
* Cidade Velha and Forte Real de Sao Filipe
* African market
* Bird watching
Cruise Season - Oct - May
Currency - Cape Verdeam escidp (CVE)
Language - Portugeuse
Population - 240,000 approx
Land Area - 991 kmÂ²
Electricity - 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT minus one hour
International Country Telephone Code - +238
Travel Links - Santiago is home to Praia International Airport, 3 km from the capital.