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SOLO OFFER | Christmas & New Year in Mexico & the Caribbean

Comfortable cabin accommodation , Full board cruising plus afternoon teas and late night snacks , Welcome and farewell Captain’s cocktail , Stylish entertainment, cabarets and popular classical…

16 December 2018 | 25 Nights
Cruise and Maritime Voyages : Magellan

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London Tilbury, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Lisbon, Portugal, Funchal, Madeira, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Mindelo, Cape Verde, Bridgetown, Barbados, Mayreau, Grenadines, St John's, Antigua, Road Town,… ...Read More

Unforgettable Scenery
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The Grand South & Central America Voyage

COMPLIMENTARY ON BOARD SPEND*, EXCLUSIVE FREE PRIVATE UK CHAUFFEUR TRANSFERS*, FULL DAYTIME TRANSIT OF THE PANAMA CANAL*, 5% DISCOUNT FOR OCEAN CLUB MEMBERS*

06 January 2020 | 70 Nights
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines : Balmoral

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Southampton, Lisbon, Portugal, Funchal, Madeira, Mindelo, Cape Verde Islands, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ilhabela, Montevideo, Uruguay, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Punta de Este, West Point… ...Read More

5★ ALL-INCLUSIVE LUXURY CRUISING
from £3,249pp
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Portuguese Quest

DRINKS & GRATUITIES INCLUDED*, EARN CRUISE MILES WITH EVERY BOOKING, 5★ ALL-INCLUSIVE LUXURY CRUISING*

14 November 2020 | 16 Nights
Azamara Club Cruises : Azamara Quest

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Lisbon, Portugal, Madeira (Funchal), La Palma, Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Mindelo, Salvador De Bahia, Rio De Janeiro ...Read More


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A popular holiday spot


Coconut Trees in Trarrafal Beach

Coconut Trees in Trarrafal Beach

Santa Maria Beach

Santa Maria Beach

Ponta Temerosa Lighthouse

Ponta Temerosa Lighthouse

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Praia’s shining beacon

One of Praia’s most popular landmarks is its lighthouse, the Farol da D. Maria Pia, named after Maria Pia of Savoy, who was queen of Portugal when the structure was built in 1881. Also known as the Farol da Ponta Temerosa, the lighthouse stands at 21m and is 10m above sea level from its vantage point on the Lazeto head. Take a free guided tour of this historic attraction, which affords you fantastic views.


 

Plateau life

The beating heart of Praia is Platô, so called because it is built on a plateau, nestled in the old town district of the city. You’re sure to be charmed by the Portuguese architecture, quaint shops and bustling marketplace. Edifices worth a visit include city hall, the presidential palace and the Nossa Senhora da Graça church. After sightseeing, you can drink in pretty vistas of a neighbouring bay from Platô’s elevated viewpoint.


Learn something new

To find out more about the Cape Verdean islands, pay a visit to the Museu Etnográfico da Praia (Praia Ethnographic Museum) in Platô. This nineteenth century, colonial-style building opened as a museum in 1997 and today houses culturally significant artifacts from Santiago, Santo Antao and Boavista Brava. These include two cavaquinhos and a cimboa, musical instruments of Portuguese origin. Other exhibits tell a story of food production and cattle breeding, while there are also pieces on display from a number of sunken ships.


Feel the rhythm

For an authentic taste of Cape Verdean life, make your way to Quintal da Música in Platô where traditional local music is played live almost every night. You’ll experience a range of styles, from morna to coladeira and batuko, with some tasty local delicacies just waiting to be sampled. The faces of the musicians who have frequented the nightspot will be looking down on you from the walls as you dance and dine.

 

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