Portuguese for "beach", (also in Cape Verdean Creole) population 113,664 (2005), is the capital of Cape Verde, an island nation in the Atlantic Ocean west of Senegal. It lies on Santiago island in the Sotavento archipelago. It is the island's ferry port and is home to one of the nation's three international airports. The city centre is known as Platô due to its location on a small plateau. Praia is located at 14°55' North, 23°31' West (14.91667, -23.51667).
Praia is Cape Verde's largest city, and a commercial center and a port that ships coffee, sugar cane, and tropical fruits. Praia also has a fishing industry. There are resort beaches nearby.
Landmarks includes Albuquerque Square, the old city hall, the Presidential Palace, constructed in the end of the 19th century used to be housed for the Portuguese governor and Museu Etnográfico (Ethnographic Museum) and Monumento de Diogo Gomes, named after the Portuguese navigator who founded the island of Santiago 1460
Praia Rural (also in Capeverdean Crioulo, ALUPEC or ALUPEK) is a football (soccer) club that had played in the Premier division and plays in the Santiago Island South Zone League in Cape Verde. It is based in the city of Praia in the island of Santiago. The team was founded by members and spectators are primarily from the rural areas of the southern portion of the island in which the club takes its name. The team has only reached a few of these games before and after independence.
Estádio da Várzea is a multi-use stadium in Praia, Cape Verde. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium holds 8,000. The stadium has seat rows in the left and right sides and a small hill and a plateau lies to the west. The stadium is home to the three best football clubs in Cape Verde, Sporting, CD Travadores and another team that plays in the first division, especially the Santiago Island first division.
Praia has schools or collegiates (colegio), lyceums (middle schools), gymnasia (secondary schools), churches, beaches, ports, a university named after Jean Piaget, a post office and squares (praças).