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Praia Grande, Cape Verde

Literally translating to “large beach”, Praia Grande is a long sandy beach situated in Calhau, on the island of Sao Vicente. Sao Vicente is a volcanic island, home to a treasure trove of striking natural features, formed by volcanic activity.

Praia Grande is the perfect beach to visit if you’re looking to take in some of these stunning natural marvels while unwinding on your holiday. Although the beach is surrounded by many mountainous volcanic rock features, the last volcanic activity to have taken place here is thought to have been at least 11,700 years ago. So, there’s no need to worry about the beach’s surroundings.

Despite its vast size, this beach is relatively untouched by tourism and is relatively unknown; making it ideal for those looking to get away from the hubbub of the main beaches, and find a spot of peace and seclusion.