Praiadise Hostel began as an idea of two friends that share the same passion for travel about providing a suitable accommodation, travel hints and tips for backpackers and other travelers that intend to visit the beautiful island of Santiago, more specifically in Praia.
Since day one efforts were made so that the hostel could have a familiar, comfortable and home-like but unique identity that could be appreciated by its guests. Whatever may be the scope and duration of your trip, Praiadise Hostel offers you great conditions for social meetings and interaction between guests and staff through its common areas, where you can have your starting point to get to know how life goes by in this part of the world. You will find this hostel to have a friendly and relaxing atmosphere, with a helpful staff that will suggest you the best places to visit while in town.
Praiadise Hostel is very well located in one of the trendiest neighborhoods of the capital city – Achada Santo Antonio, a mere 5 minutes walking from Kebra Canela beach, surrounded by coffee shops and restaurants within a very guarded area due to the proximity of several embassies, consulates, banks and ministries.
Welcome to Praiadise!
We have mixed dorms and double/twin private rooms. Bathrooms are shared in a two rooms per bathroom ratio. All dorms and rooms have windows and balconies with a view.
Ask for a snorkeling kit and head to Kebra Canela beach (literally 5 minutes walking) to get delighted by the underwater fauna and flora. Cape Verdean waters have great visibility and the temperature is really suitable for practicing this activity. As an example of what you may experience, take a look at this video made by our staff!
We have a bar service where you can have some local drinks as well as some simple snacks and appetizers. If ordered in advance, you can also try catxupa for breakfast, a braised meal based on beans and corn – it is in fact the so called national dish in Cape Verde.
Wi-Fi Internet Access (FREE)
Individual lockers and clothing hangers (FREE)
Luggage storage (FREE)
Bed linen (FREE)
Laundry and ironing facilities
Reading light and fan
You can make a reservation through our phone numbers, email address or by simply using the booking engine below.
Terms and Conditions:
– Payment upon arrival by cash or VISA/Mastercard.
– All taxes included.
– Deposit is non refundable;
– Payment can be made in EUR or CVE (Cape Verdean Escudos);
– Cancellation policy: 24 hours before arrival or we will charge your credit card with the value of the first night booking.
Check-in from: 11h
Check-out before: 11h
So that we can best arrange your reception, please inform us in advance your estimated time of arrival!
Cabo Verde is a small island nation with approximately 500.000 inhabitants, consisting of 10 islands and 15 islets. Although the official language is Portuguese, due to the Lusitanian colonization, the national language is Creole (Kriolu). So don’t be surprised by the time you hear this language everywhere, it is in fact the native language spoken by all Cape Verdeans.
A travel visa is necessary to enter the country (except for some African countries nationals), which can be taken care of in advance (in departure country) or in the airport customs upon arrival, with a cost of 25€.
The official currency is the Cape Verdean Escudo (CVE), that has a fixed exchange rate to Euro of 1 EUR = 110,265 CVE. ATM machines accept the majority of debit/credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Visa Electron). The use of these out-of-country cards in points of sale is very limited though. Some establishments may accept Euros and if so, typically they will only accept Euro bills.
Itineration inside the city is normally done by taxi, mostly because its wide coverage and easy price (1,5€ one way). Anywhere outside Praia you should consider the use of the so called “Hiace”, which are public vans that can transport up to 15 people.
Cape Verde is considered to have only two seasons during the year: the longer season that is the dry season – from November to July – and the rainy season – from August to October. Temperature has little variation throughout the day and even throughout the year, with an annual average of aprox. 24º C.
There isn’t any mandatory vaccine for visitors to enter Cape Verde. It is advised that you only drink bottled water and use sunscreen due to high UV radiation.
You can find more detailed information in the following external link: www.capeverde.com
The city centre is an excellent place to go for a walk and to get to know this singular neighborhood. The great panoramic over Santa Maria islet (Djeu) as well as to other plateaus of the city, the actual architecture of certain public buildings, the meeting point between commerce, social services and cultural spots are more than reasons that are worth visiting.
Kebra Canela is one of the most visited beaches in the city. Ideal for swimming, snorkeling, playing beach tennis, doing some exercise in outdoor gyms. There are cafes and restaurants around the place so that you can relax and have a nice drink or meal. There are also walking tradesmen from where you can buy some appetizers and drinks.
Cruz di Papa is a square from where you can appreciate a great view and relax with the sea breeze. When the sky is clear it is possible to catch sight of Fogo Island on the West.
D. Maria II Lighthouse is a still operational lighthouse grounded to a narrow and rocky headland where one can appreciate a nice view over the sea and the city. According to the lighthouse’s keeper availability and authorization, it is possible to know more about its history and climb up to the top, where the 360º view worths the visit.
Sucupira market has numerous and various products for sale, where one can find almost anything. Here you will find a strong presence of some African mainland cultures. As in a good market or fair, to know how to negotiate with the traders is necessary so that one can make a good deal.
S. Francisco beach is a great place to visit with a group. Due to its distance to the city, it’s a perfect spot to have a relaxing day, make some barbeque or pic-nic and even camping. It’s one of Santiago’s beaches that during a certain time of the year has some protected zones due to the turtles migration and procriation cycle.
O berço de Cabo Verde e Património Mundial da Humanidade é uma localidade à beira-mar que fica a cerca de 15 km da cidade da Praia. A antiga capital foi um importante ponto de apoio nas rotas marítimas entre a América e a África, e devido à sua história vale a pena a visita podendo apreciar o seu património ainda conservado como o pelourinho, a Igreja da Nossa Senhora do Rosário, a Sé Catedral, o Forte Real de São Filipe, e o Convento de São Francisco. Recupera energias com uma bebida fresca, relaxa à beira-mar, contempla um belo pôr-do-sol ou experimenta a gastronomia de peixe numa das esplanadas locais.
A vila piscatória do Tarrafal, localizada no extremo norte da Ilha de Santiago, é sem dúvida uma localidade a não perder aquando uma visita a esta ilha. O percurso feito desde a cidade da Praia até este destino permite admirar as paisagens recortadas e montanhosas características de Santiago, e que na época das chuvas (período normalmente compreendido entre Agosto e Outubro) se preenchem com um verde intenso de abrir os olhos. A vila do Tarrafal é uma excelente opção à beira-mar para passar uns dias tranquilos. As águas cristalinas e calmas da praia da vila – Praia do Mangue bem como a mais pequena Mangue Baxu ou “Praia do Presidente”, com areia branca e fina enquadradas pelo Monte da Graciosa completam uma paisagem de cortar a respiração. O Tarrafal é também uma óptima opção para a prática de diversas actividades como mergulho, pesca, surf, hiking. Existe uma pequena aldeia nos seus arredores chamada Ribeira da Prata que tem uma praia deserta de areia negra e fina, escolhido por muitas tartarugas migrantes no seu ciclo de reprodução. É possível pernoitar mediante acordo com o vigilante e deixarmo-nos envolver pela natureza circundante deste lugar único.
Address: Praiadise Hostel, Avenida Europa No. 6, Achada Santo Antonio, Praia – Cabo Verde.
Phone: (+238) 954-0669 | E-mail: [email protected]
Staff: Cleber (+238) 583-9274 | Pedro (+238) 583-3393
HOW TO GET HERE:
From airport, getting a taxi is the preferable and easiest way to reach the hostel. You should ask the taxi driver for the price to take you to Achada Santo Antonio (neighborhood where the hostel is located) before entering the car to avoid confusion or surprises. Then, while in route, you can specify that you need to go to the “Predio de CV Multimedia” (which is nearby the Escola Pedro Gomes). The entrance to the hostel is located on the same block side as the popular CV Multimedia store and it is the very last door of the block/building.
From seaport, taking a taxi would be again the best option.
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