Cape Verde

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Cape Verde, lying in the Atlantic Ocean off the bulge of Africa, is an archipelago in the Atlantic 385 m (500 km) west of Senegal. Just six hours flying time from the major airports of Europe, Cape Verde islands are fast becoming an inspiring holiday destination and potential home for those seeking something different. Cape Verde is comprised of nine inhabited islands, each bristling with their own individual character, and one uninhabited one. The islands are divided into two groups: 

The northern Barlavento group of Cape Verde includes Santo Antão, São Vicente, Santa Luzia, São Nicolau, Sal, and Boa Vista. 

The southern Sotavento group embraces São Tiago, Brava, Fogo, and Maio 

The islands are mostly hilly and mountainous, with the land deeply scarred by erosion. The mountains in all these islands are volcanic in origin, in particular, Mount Fogo on Fogo Island which is an active volcano! There are no significant rivers. There are beautiful beaches on these islands and the island of Sal, in particular, with its long white sandy beaches has now become a haven for beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts. The islands are encircled by rugged cliffs and reefs and abundant maritime fauna. 

The population of Cape Verde islands is approximately 463,000. There are many large cities such as Praia, Mindelo, Santa Maria, with Prai also being the Capital. The currency used is called ‘Escudo Cape Verdiano’. Their official language is Portuguese and the local language Crioulo, a blend of Portuguese and West African words, is also widely spoken here. French, English and Spanish are spoken in all the principal towns. The most predominant religion is Catholicism, which is greatly influenced by local beliefs and traditions. There are many industries in Cape Verde such as food and beverages, fish processing, shoes and garments, salt mining, ship repair and their main exports are fuel, shoes, garments, fish, hides. The distinctive music of the islands which has spread overseas due to renowned artist, Cesara Evora, “the barefoot diva”, adds to Cape Verde’s lure. Santa Maria, the main tourist town, which is very near the international airport, is earning its place on the map as being the world’s latest surfing Mecca, drawing windsurfers and kite surfers by the dozen. Cape Verde has exemplary sanitary standards, with no contagious or endemic diseases. 

Climate 

Cape Verde has a much more moderate climate than that of its neighbours due to the fact that its tropical climate is tempered by the Northeast winds and the rain. The average temperature here is approximately 26°C.The rainy season is from August-October, and the rainfall is erratic and its extent varies from island to island.

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