From Praia: Full-Day Santiago Island Tour & Tarrafal Beach

4.9 / 5

43 reviews

Activity provider: Bu Country Tours

From Praia: Full-Day Santiago Island Tour & Tarrafal Beach

Activity provider: Bu Country Tours

From US$ 97.51 per person

Explore the highlights of Santiago Island on a tour from Praia. Savor a typical breakfast with a local family, visit the Assomada Market, cross Serra Malagueta and relax on the beach at Tarrafal.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Portuguese
Pickup optional
Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
Private or small groups available


  • Relish a traditional breakfast of tasty cuscuz and fidjós with a local family
  • Visit the famous and colorful Assomada Market with your local guide
  • Take beautiful photos in the Serra Malagueta natural park from 1000 meters above sea level
  • Relax on the white sand of the most picturesque peach on Santiago Island, Tarrafal Beach
  • Discover the community that preserves Cape Verde's oldest customs and beliefs
Full description
Get picked up at your hotel in Praia, then depart toward the interior of the island. Make your first stop at Mrs. Luisa's house. There, sample cuscuz (a traditional cake made from corn flour) and fidjós (fried banana), the typical breakfast for Cape Verdean families. After breakfast, continue to the city of Assomada. Visit its famous market, and admire the vibrant colors of the local fruits and vegetables. Move on to the Serra Malagueta natural park and marvel at the incredible views from 1000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level. Next, discover Santiago's most beautiful beach at Tarrafal, known for its white sand and crystal clear waters. Take a break for lunch (at your own expense), then return along the east coast of the island. Visit the Rabelados religious community, the only community that still lives in thatched houses and preserves the oldest customs and beliefs of Cape Verde. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Praia.
  • Pickup and drop-off at your accommodation in Praia
  • Transportation
  • Guide
  • Workshop for Cuscuz and Fidjós (local delights)
  • Liability insurance
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Hat
  • Swimwear
  • Water
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Flip-flops
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • The Assomada Market is open only on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Therefore, the visit will only take place on these days
  • The shared group tour option is subject to a minimum of 2 participants. In the event that the minimum number is not met, the activity provider will offer an alternative date, charge an extra fee to run the trip privately, or cancel a customer's booking for a full refund
  • For tours with fewer than 4 travelers, the tour guide may also be the driver
Customer reviews

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4.9 /5

based on 43 reviews

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I was the only one to book this tour for the day, so the agency recommended a slightly different one - it included a boat trip on top of everything else, so I also got to snorkel a bit and join the fish bbq on the beach. It was a great day full of fun experiences and Maria and Ricardo were excellent guides.

March 24, 2023

My sister and I had a great time. This tour is a must to discover Santiago island. Our guides Alton and Djebre where fantastic, the driver also who accompanied us trough out the adventure. Eating, dancing and laughter at Mama Luisa’s. The whole tour was filled with joy, new discoveries and making new connections Do not hesitate to book.

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March 24, 2023

It was great! My mother, aunt and myself really enjoyed it and it helped us connect to our roots since we are originally from here. My teenage boys not so much but they are hard to please. Our guide Maria was very professional, kind, knowledgeable and accommodating. She has an authentic love of Santiago and it shows.

March 24, 2023

Product ID: 328476