About Cape Vert

Living outside Cape Vert for over 30 Years, i have decided its time to make a thorough organized inventory from all Cape Vert has to offer from all of my islands and gather all the available information scattered on the internet, thus enabling an outside viewer to have a the possibility to look at the big picture of Cape Vert potential and all it has to offer, as a travel vacation destiny for your holiday or expand a business opportunity. The following are some of the reasons that on my point of view are the key factors and major points of interest to choose Cape Vert as destination for travelling:

With a surface of approximate 4.033 KM2, in the Atlantic Ocean “The islands of Cape Vert are just 3 hours away from the European Continent, they have a tropical dry climate and because of that it is summer all year round, clean beaches with bright white sands that stretch as far as the eyes can see, crystal clear waters rounding at 24º degrees Celsius, the sea is calm enough fo a relaxed swim, or other windy beaches for water sports such as kite surf or windsurf, we have also beaches with waves suitable for body board, beaches ye unexplored away from all and from everybody.

Praia de Santa Mónica

Praia de Santa Mónica ilha da Boavista

The Capeverdian coast is rich in coral. There are several reefs where one can find dozens of ship wreckages ideal for scuba diving snorkelling and adventure diving. There are 10 Islands, which are suitable for every holiday and travelling tastes, landscape with awesome view filled with exotic splendour, the ideal for a long stroll on the mountain trails or deep valleys. The music and the dance also makes this country the best there is a rich mix of African and European culture a cultural present throughout the yea called ‘ Sabura’, hot rhythms of the ‘morna ‘ ‘coladera’, ‘funaná’, ‘mazurca’, etc. The country of cape Vert is filled with market places and fish markets that let you purchase a wide variety of products fresh fish tropical fruits local handicraft, Cape Vert has a rich gastronomy ranging from Sea food or fish, its people are known by hospitality and the so called ‘morabeza’ a cultural trait that makes Capeverdian shine they warmth and peaceful joyful nature, which comes natural yet cosmopolitan.

Praia de Santa Maria ilha do Sal

Vila de Santa Maria ilha do Sal

Cape Vert is an ancient Portuguese colony that became an independent country in 1975 and today is a democratic republic. It was discovered in 1460 by Diogo Gomes under the service of the Portuguese crown, he found that the islands were uninhabited. In those days almost every island that was found was named after something symbolic and in those days it were the saints. Thus ‘Santo Antão’, ‘São Vicente’, ‘Santa Luzia’, ‘São Nicolau’, ‘Santiago’ are Saints names that werecelebrated on that particular day that the island was discovered- same or similar reasoning can be found in other discoveries such as in Azores islands.

Mercado Municipal da Assomada Santiago

Mercado Municipal da Assomada ilha de Santiago

Besides the saints names, the islands resources were also reason for its names for instance Sal (Salt) due to its salt lakes abundance of this white seasoning crystal. The name Boa Vista (Good sight) because sailors were in the sea for so long that viewing land was considered a good omen thus the name, the Island ‘Maio’ which means the month May was name like that because it was found in May, Fogo (fire) because it had and still has an active Volcano, Last the smallest island of them all was named Brava (wild) because it did looked rather wild. Portuguese then started to populate the islands by bringing natives from Africa mainland and coast as well as Europeans first settlers.

Pico D´Ántónia Créditos: Elysa

Pico D´Ántónia ilha de Santiago Créditos: Elysa

In those days Cape Vert was very important for the Portuguese slave route. In Cape Vert, slaves were brought after being captured and from then on departed to the plantations to produce sugar, coffee and cotton in Brasil and to other countries. When the fight for independence started in the 50’s decade last century, Cape vert joined Guiné freedom fighting and 1956, Amílcar Cabral created Cape Vert and Guiné Freedom party for independency (PAIGC) unfortunately he was murdered in 1973 and didn’t live to see the country he fought to be free but ,remains one of the most important politicians and inspiration for the Capeverdian future generations and Freedom fighters around the world.

Cape Vert has a surface of approximate 4.033 KM2, in the Atlantic Ocean 640 km West of Dakar, Senegal. The islands are Volcanic in its origin and make a set of ten islands from which 9 are inhabited and several desert tiny pieces of land. One can divide Cape Vert in two major groups, on the north side, divided in two groups: At north the windward islands (the side from where the wind blows), Santo Antão, São Vicente, Santa Luzia (uninhabited), São Nicolau, Sal e Boa Vista, and on the south side the leeward islands (the side to where the wind blows) Maio, Santiago, Fogo e Brava. On the majority of the islands the mountains landscape are dominant, practically without vegetation alternating with deep valleys where agriculture is still it’s main activity.

The biggest island is Santiago the country capital’s location called ‘Praia’ city which along with ‘Mindelo’, at ‘São Vicente’ island, are the two main city’s of Cape Vert, this is where the majority of the population is located. ‘Santo Antão’ is the second biggest island and is known to be the greenest island of them all. In the Fogo island there is a still an active volcano and is also the highest landmark of the archipelago with an impressive 2829 metres.

Vulcão da ilha do Fogo, Chã das Caldeiras

Vulcão da ilha do Fogo, Chã das Caldeiras

Mestiçagem do povo caboverdiano

Mestiçagem do povo caboverdiano

Vale do Paúl ilha de Santo Antão

Vale do Paúl na ilha de Santo Antão

The Capeverdean people result from the fusion between European, mostly Portuguese and african natives of various ethnic groups from the West coast of Africa, which formed the general population of nowadays. This crossing is not just in skin colour, but also on the tongue, producing a new breed of mulattoes. It was thus generated a new culture and a new language, creole. Unlike the countries of the African continent, there are ethnic groups in Cape Verde. Cape Verde is one of those places where a person feels at home.

Batucadeiras de Santiago

Batucadeiras ilha de Santiago

The population speaks Portuguese and the country has an interesting mix of European and African elements. The official language is Portuguese, used in schools, in public administration, in the press and in publications. Cape Verde’s official national language, the language of the people, is the Capeverdean creole. Cape Verde however in each of its ten Islands, has a different creole. Although the people have been deprived of writing in their own language, Capeverdeans of several generations have been increasingly using creole as a tool for their literary language and also in our popular poetry.

Festividades típicas da Ilha

Festividades típicas da Ilha da Brava

The Capeverdeans are in their majority Roman Catholic (more than 90%). Other Christian denominations are also deployed in Cape Verde, with highlight to the Protestant Church of the Nazarene and the seventh-day Adventist Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints (Mormons), the Christian Congregation in Cape Verde, assemblies of God, Jehovah’s witnesses and other Pentecostal groups and Adventists.There is a small Muslim minority. The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God also has followers in Cape Verde. Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the Constitution and respected by the Government. There are good relations between the various religious faiths.

In all its aspects, a crossroads of European and African elements characterizes the culture of Cape Verde. Cape Verde is rich in popular demonstrations and is presence its felt on all its islands. We have several street demonstrations such as the Tabanca at Santiago Island which is a colourful Christian party marked by hot rhythms, songs, dances, and a drum roll sound, marked by the compass of the “búzios” (a large cornucopian shaped sea shell). we can also find another typical example of a popular demonstration considered the most important flagship festival of the ‘Fogo’ island, the celebration is ‘advertised’ via hand made rockets similar to typical Portuguese festivals and gather the crowd reaching a climax at the sounds of drums accompanied by the beating sticks at objects and following rhythms on articraft materials, horse racing in parades, elderly women lead appropriate church ; The ‘Kolá San Djon’, Celebration in honour of St. John the Baptist ‘S João Baptista’, is concluded by the 24th of June, this is one of the main festivals on the islands of Santo Antão, São Vicente, São Nicolaus and Brava;

The Local Carnival is an event that gathers a large audience, both domestically and also abroad , for instance in São Vicente is already considered one of the most important centres of tourist attraction.

Carnaval ilha de São Vicente

Carnaval ilha de São Vicente

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