Sao Tiago is the main island and home to the capital, Praia. The city isn’t as beautiful as the archipelago’s other city, Mindelo, but it’s a pleasant place, with its centre perched on a rocky plateau known as Plat. This central area is surrounded by urban sprawl in three directions.
Some 20 km (12 mi) inland from Praia, the village of Sao Domingos is the closest green agricultural valley to the capital. There are one or two shops selling handicrafts. At the northern end of Sao Tiago is the island’s second largest settlement, Tarrafal, which is famous for its beaches.