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Tarrafal
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Tarrafal

Tarrafal is a town in the northern part of the island of Santiago in Cape Verde. It is the largest town in the Tarrafal Municipality and the second largest on the island. The town is located on the western coast of the island, about 20 kilometers from the capital city of Praia.

Tarrafal is known for its beautiful beaches, which are popular with tourists. The town has a number of small hotels, restaurants, and shops. It is also a popular destination for water sports such as surfing and kitesurfing.

The town has a long history, with evidence of human settlement dating back to the 15th century. In the 16th century, Tarrafal was a major trading port, with ships from Europe and Africa docking in the harbor. During the 18th century, the town was an important center for the slave trade, with slaves being brought in from Africa and shipped to the Americas.

In the 19th century, Tarrafal was the site of a notorious prison camp, where political prisoners from Portugal and its colonies were held. Over the years, the camp became a symbol of the struggle for freedom and democracy in Portugal and its colonies.

Today, Tarrafal is a popular tourist destination, with its beautiful beaches and sunny climate. It is also home to a number of historical sites, including the remains of the prison camp. The town is also known for its traditional music and cuisine, with many restaurants serving traditional Cape Verdean dishes.

Excursion tips for a day in Tarrafal

As a tourist in Tarrafal in Cape Verde, there are many activities to enjoy during the day. Here is a list of some of the most popular activities:

1. Visit the Tarrafal Beach and enjoy the beautiful white sand and warm, crystal-clear waters.
2. Explore the natural beauty of Tarrafal National Park, which is home to a variety of exotic plants and animals.
3. Take a boat tour around the island and admire the stunning views of the coastline.
4. Hike up to Monte Graciosa, the highest mountain in Cape Verde, for breathtaking views of the island.
5. Experience the vibrant culture of Tarrafal by visiting the local markets and sampling the delicious local cuisine.
6. Go snorkeling or diving in the crystal clear waters and explore the diverse underwater world.
7. Take a tour of the historic city of Praia and learn about its rich history.
8. Visit the nearby islands of Sao Vicente and Santo Antao and explore their unique landscapes.
9. Go whale watching and observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.
10. Relax and unwind with a massage or spa treatment at one of the local resorts.

Experience Tarrafal with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Tarrafal. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Tarrafal

The climate in Tarrafal in Cape Verde is warm and humid year-round, with temperatures rarely dropping below 20°C. In the winter months, temperatures range between 20-25°C, while in the summer months they can reach up to 32°C. Rainfall is frequent in the winter months, while the summer months tend to be drier. The humidity is high throughout the year, reaching up to 80% in the summer months. Overall, the climate in Tarrafal is mild and pleasant, with temperatures rarely dropping below 20°C and humidity levels remaining high throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Tarrafal

Our weather forecast for Tarrafal helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 24.0 °C
min: 23.3 °C
18.7 m/s
18.7 m/s
66.7 %
24.1 m
83.0 %
1,015 hPa
06:13:23
19:09:06
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 23.5 °C
min: 22.6 °C
18.4 m/s
18.0 m/s
81.5 %
24.1 m
79.8 %
1,014 hPa
06:13:41
19:08:56
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 23.7 °C
min: 22.7 °C
22.0 m/s
20.2 m/s
52.0 %
24.1 m
79.5 %
1,015 hPa
06:13:59
19:08:46
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 24.7 °C
min: 23.1 °C
18.4 m/s
16.9 m/s
77.3 %
24.1 m
83.1 %
1,014 hPa
06:14:16
19:08:35
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 25.7 °C
min: 23.6 °C
11.5 m/s
10.1 m/s
15.2 %
24.1 m
81.3 %
1,014 hPa
06:14:34
19:08:22
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 24.9 °C
min: 23.7 °C
19.1 m/s
20.2 m/s
22.0 %
24.1 m
84.1 %
1,015 hPa
06:14:51
19:08:09
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 24.6 °C
min: 23.5 °C
22.7 m/s
27.0 m/s
57.6 %
24.1 m
79.5 %
1,016 hPa
06:15:08
19:07:55
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 24.5 °C
min: 23.4 °C
21.6 m/s
21.2 m/s
55.0 %
24.1 m
77.6 %
1,016 hPa
06:15:25
19:07:39
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 25.8 °C
min: 24 °C
14.0 m/s
19.4 m/s
73.3 %
24.1 m
73.0 %
1,017 hPa
06:15:42
19:07:23
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 25.2 °C
min: 24.7 °C
10.7 m/s
13.2 m/s
60.9 %
24.1 m
78.4 %
1,017 hPa
06:15:59
19:07:06
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 25.1 °C
min: 24 °C
18.0 m/s
20.5 m/s
64.3 %
24.1 m
80.3 %
1,017 hPa
06:16:15
19:06:48
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 24.0 °C
min: 23.2 °C
22.7 m/s
24.1 m/s
67.9 %
24.1 m
80.4 %
1,016 hPa
06:16:31
19:06:29
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 24.0 °C
min: 22.9 °C
19.4 m/s
18.6 m/s
53.3 %
24.1 m
76.7 %
1,016 hPa
06:16:47
19:06:09
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 23.5 °C
min: 23 °C
16.9 m/s
14.8 m/s
78.4 %
24.1 m
74.4 %
1,017 hPa
06:17:02
19:05:48

Cruises to Tarrafal

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Scheduled ship calls in Tarrafal, Cabo Verde
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Feb. 16th 2025 Sunday, 16th of Feb. 2025 MS Hamburg 08:00 am 07:00 pm

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