Pestana Tropico Hotel



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Pestana Tropico is a comfortable hotel located on a promontory overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Our Guest’s Opinion

"A good quality, quiet hotel with a nice size pool. Very relaxing stay."

- Mr Pickett


What we love

  • The delicious homemade breakfast. You must try the local delicacies such as cachupa or cuscus!
  • An evening drink on the terrace of Bar Ilheu provides you with a relaxed atmosphere before you head out for the evening.


Good to know

  • The location of Pestana Tropico makes it really easy to explore the south of the island. It is just a short ride away from Cidade Velha, where you can experience the rich history of Santiago.


Explore the heart of Cidade Velha

Set in a residential area of Praia, the capital of Cape Verde and the largest town in the archipelago, Pestana Tropico Hotel is flanked by the famous dark sand Prainha Beach, popular with the locals for relaxing and playing sports. Guests here are also perfectly placed to explore the heart of the old city, Cidade Velha, with its colourful colonial architecture, bustling squares and vibrant markets all just a short ride up the hill.

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Relax at the hotel

In the hotel itself, guests will find the rooms set over two floors, all of which enjoy sea or pool-facing views. The large pool and terrace area is the focal point of the hotel, providing a wonderful spot to soak up the sunshine and recharge your batteries after a busy day. In addition to this, you’ll have some tasty meals to look forward to courtesy of the restaurant Creole, serving up Cape Verdean, Portuguese and international dishes.

Pestana Tropico is an excellent hotel choice for those looking to explore the island of Santiago, before heading on to the island of Fogo.

Getting to Santiago

You can take a direct international flight to Sal, before hopping on an internal flight to/from Santiago.

Santiago is best experienced as part of a multi-centre island hopping holiday around the archipelago. We offer a number of itineraries that include a stay on Santiago. Visit our Island Hopping Holiday Ideas page, or call one of our experts about a tailormade itinerary.

Official local hotel rating: 4 star



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What's included in your booking 

  • 20kg luggage allowance 
  • Return inter-island flights from Sal, provided by BestFly
  • Private airport transfers (where operationally possible)
  • Access to UK airport lounge
  • Airport Security Tax (TSA)
  • Experienced and reliable resort team on hand to help 
  • Digital Cape Verde destination guide 

Hotel Facilities

  • Swimming pool 
  • Restaurant Creole
  • Bar Ilheu
  • Room service (payable locally)
  • Fitness room
  • Wi-Fi
  • 93 rooms

Room Facilities

  • Twin beds (can be made up as double)
  • King-size bed in Suites
  • Shower room
  • Air-conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar (payable locally)
  • Television
  • Telephone
  • Safe
  • Wi-Fi


  • Beach: Prainha Beach, five-minute walk 
  • Restaurants: Alex's on-site. Local restaurants are a short taxi ride away  
  • Main Town: Praia
  • Airport: Santiago - 20-minute drive by taxi transfer

Travelling Between the Islands

Internal flights are provided by BestFly or TACV. It should be noted that internal flights can and do change schedules and flights are sometimes cancelled, delayed or even early!

Travelling time between Sal to Santiago is approximately 45 minutes' flying time.

Rooms at Pestana Tropico Hotel

Standard Room

From £1,249pp

Sleeps up to 2 


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Premium Room

From £2,087pp

Sleeps up to 2 


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Junior Suite

From £1,877pp

Sleeps up to 3 


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From £2,059pp

Sleeps up to 3 


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Hotel & Local Restaurants

Opening dates are subject to change and beyond our control.


Restaurant Alex

Creole's - Praia

Cape Verdean

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Terazza Italiana, Santiago

Terazza Italiana

Italian Cuisine

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Quintal da Musica

Cape Verdean & European Cuisine

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Café Sofia

Cafe Sofia

Cape Verdean Cuisine

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Zero Point Steakhouse

Cape Verdean Cuisine

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About the Local Area


The largest island in the archipelago and the first to be populated, Santiago is rich in history and culture. The various mountainous peaks of the island reflect its volcanic origin.

With a unique blend of diverse landscapes, volcanic rocks, green valleys, barren regions and beautiful beaches Santiago is aesthetically pleasing. Hiking is popular here as this is one of the few islands with a refreshing hinterland which can be very rewarding. Ornithologists will be in their element as most of the species endemic to Cape Verde can be spotted here.

Praia is the capital of Santiago, a traditional bustling African town and the trading hub for agricultural products. Live music plays a huge role in the city's culture and can be heard playing in bars and restaurants and is hugely popular amongst the locals and tourists. No visit to Santiago would be complete without a trip to the old capital of Cidade Velha and Forte Real de Sao Filipe, the main slave trading point between Europe, Africa and America.


The following are just a couple of festivals that take place on Santiago:

Gamboa Festival - 17/18/19 May - Held in the bay of San Fransisco and arguably the biggest music festival in Cape Verde. Musicians from other countries come to Santiago to participate.

Tabanka - June/July - A celebration of the liberation of slaves which takes place in Assomada.


The Islands provide some spectacular scenery and there are walks to suit all levels of fitness and experience.

Some of the walks in the islands provide challenges which require previous hill walking experience, a higher-than-average level of fitness and proper walking footwear. For some walks guides are a necessity and can be arranged and paid for locally where as others are well signposted and there is no need for a guide.

The interior of Santiago provides many beautiful walks that start at a point in the centre of the island and follow a Ribeira down to the coast.


We highly recommend taking part in a full day tour of Santiago. Visit Praia - the island's capital, local markets, old settlements and Cidade Velha, the old capital.