Overlooking the coastline of Cape Verde’s island of Santiago is the Monumento de Diogo Gomes. Standing tall in Praia, the statue can be found at the south end of the Plateau. The structure represents Diogo Gomes, who was a Portuguese navigator and one of the first people to discover the island of Santiago, way back in 1460.
Understandably, he is an important figure in the island’s history and his monument stands at over three metres tall, on a 1.85-metre high pedestal. The beach of Gamboa can be found directly beneath the site.
The area surrounding the Monumento de Diogo Gomes is close to beautiful, well-maintained gardens. There is also a nearby restaurant, meaning you can enjoy a meal or quick bite if you wish to hang around for a while. During your trip to see the Monumento de Diogo Gomes, you can also take in the Presidential Palace, which is nearby to the statue.