Praia's City Hall
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Praia is a concelho (municipality) of Cape Verde. It is situated in the southern part of the island of Santiago. Its seat is the city Praia, the capital of Cape Verde. Its area is 120.6 km2 (46.6 sq mi), and its population was 131,719 at the 2010 census. The municipality consists of one freguesia (civil parish), Nossa Senhora da Graça. The city hall is located in the Platô part of the city.
Praia is one of the oldest municipalities in Cape Verde. It was created in the 18th century, when the then town of Praia de Santa Maria received town status and became the new capital of the Portuguese dominion of Cape Verde. Through history, its municipal territory has been successively reduced due to demographic increase.
By the end of the 19th century, the Municipality of Praia occupied the southern half of the island, while the northern half was the (larger than present) Municipality of Santa Catarina. In 1971, the two northernmost parishes of the Municipality were split off to become the Municipality of Santa Cruz,and the parish of São Salvador do Mundo became part of the municipality of Santa Catarina. In 1994, two more northern parishes of the Municipality were split off to become the Municipality of São Domingos. In 2005, two western parishes of the Municipality were split off to become the Municipality of Ribeira Grande de Santiago.
The municipality is divided into the following localities for statistical reasons:
At the federal level, Praia belongs to the constituency of Santiago South. Since 2008, the Movement for Democracy (MpD) is the ruling party of the municipality. The results of the latest elections, in 2016:
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GimnodesportivoVavá Duarte is a multi-purpose stadium in Praia, Cape Verde south of the city center's plateau in the subdivision of Gamboa just south of Várzea and is located on Avenida de Cuba, a road connecting the south of the city and the north and the southwest of the island. It is currently used for basketball, volleyball and futsal matches. The arena are operated by the Santiago South Regional Basketball Association for basketball, the Santiago South Regional Volleyball Association for volleyball and probably the Santiago Regional Futsal Association for futsal. These associations are also headquartered in the arena and around it.
The island of Santiago in Cape Verde in the middle of the Sotavento Islands is home to several teams and clubs. The major professional clubs are Sporting Praia, Boavista Praia and CD Travadores, semi-pro teams includes Académica da Praia and Desportivo da Praia. From its foundation in 1953 to 1999, the island had a single league of each sport. Since that time, the association and competition are currently divided into two zones, the north and the south and includes all sports including football, basketball, volleyball, futsal and athletics, the only island to have nearly all the sport competitions into two zones.
Lem Ferreira is a subdivision of the city of Praia in the island of Santiago, Cape Verde. Its population was 1,456 at the 2010 census. It is situated directly east of the city centre (Platô), on the east bank of Ribeira da Trindade. Bordering neighborhoods include Agua Funda to the northeast, Achada Grande Frente to the east and the south and Platô and Praia Negra to the west.
Palmarejo is a subdivision of the city of Praia in the island of Santiago, Cape Verde. Its population was 12,037 at the 2010 census. It is situated southwest of the city centre. Adjacent neighbourhoods are Tira Chapéu to the north, Achada Santo António in the east, Quebra Canela in the southeast, Cidadela in the west and Palmarejo Grande in the northwest. The main campus of the University of Cape Verde is in Palmarejo.
Santiago South Regional Football Association is a football (soccer) association covering the south of the island of Santiago, it is an affiliate of the Cape Verdean Football Federation. It is headquartered in the city of Praia. The association covers the municipalities of Praia, Ribeira Grande de Santiago and São Domingos.
Tira Chapéu is a subdivision of the city of Praia in the island of Santiago, Cape Verde. Its population was 5,785 at the 2010 census. It is situated west of the city centre. Adjacent neighbourhoods are Terra Branca to the northeast, Achada Santo António to the southeast, Palmarejo to the southwest and west and Bela Vista to the northwest.
Vila Nova is a subdivision of the city of Praia in the island of Santiago, Cape Verde. Its population was 4,868 at the 2010 census. It is situated north of the city centre. Adjacent neighbourhoods are Safende to the north, Ponta de Água to the east, Lem Cachorro to the southeast, Achadinha to the south and Calabaceira to the west. Ribeira da Trindade forms its southern border.