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HOLIDAY CAPE VERDE ISLANDS   >   AFRICA  


Islands Cape Verde : Boavista, Brava, Fogo, Maio, Mindalo, Sao Nicolao, Sao Vicente, Sal, Santiago, Santo Antao

Districts Cape Verde : Boa Vista, Brava, Fogo, Maio, Paul, Praia, Porto Novo, Ribeira Grande, Sal, Santa Catarina, Santa Cruz, Sao Nicolau, Sao Vicente, Tarrafal 

Capital City of Cape Verde : Praia.


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Hotels in Cape Verde / Hostels

 
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

 

Travel Agents / Tour Operators

 
Create your perfect trip yo Cape verde   -   Flight, Hotel and Car

  Cape Verde & Eastgate Travel
Specialises in tailor-made holidays with specific knowledge as a tour operator to the stunning, diverse and unspoiled Cape Verde islands.

  Classic-sailing.co.uk   -   tall ship sailing - hands on traditional sailing



  Executiv Tour [ portugese / english / french ]
Their mission: increase and improve the travelling services in Cape Verde; promote Cape Verde as a touristic destination for excellence; offer touristic products to residents as inside of Cape Verde as abroad.

Travel Guides Cape Verde / Related books

Cape Verde Islands Berlitz Pocket Guide - ISBN 9812686703 Cape Verde Islands Berlitz Pocket Guide
This  Berlitz Pocket Guide provides all the information you need to enjoy the up-and-coming tourist hotspot that is the Cape Verde Islands, in a handy and genuinely pocketable format. Whether you want to find fantastic hiking trails and world class windsurfing spots, or simply immerse yourself in the most spectacular mountain scenery and deserted beach landscapes on offer, this guide captures everything there is to see and do. Colour-coded sections allow you to locate the information you need quickly and full-colour, fold-out maps provide instant orientation wherever you are, making this guide ideal for on-the-spot-reference. The Top 10 attractions are highlighted on a dedicated, double-page spread, capturing everything you simply can't afford to miss and ensuring you make the most of your stay. Explore the waters surrounding Maio for shipwrecks dating back to the 16th century and spot the endangered loggerhead turtles from the island of Boa Vista. Other recommendations include Santiago, the largest island and seat of government, Sao Vicente for the Mindelo carnival in February and Sao Filipe, one of Cape Verde's loveliest towns with cobbled streets and leafy squares on the island of Fogo. A dedicated 'Eating Out' section provides information on local Creole cuisine and the concise 'History' section will help you truly get to the heart of these beautiful islands and their unique heritage, from colonisation to the present day.
Paperback: 144 pages; Publisher: Berlitz Publishing (5 Oct 2009); ISBN-10: 9812686703; ISBN-13: 978-9812686701.

Cape Verde Islands (Bradt Travel Guide)
Aisling Irwin (Author), Colum Wilson (Author)
Cape Verde is a destination on the up: construction is rocketing, international flight numbers are soaring, and visitor arrivals are rising year on year. As the country prospers, developers are energetically targeting British and Irish second-home investors, while the country also attracts its diaspora of hundreds of thousands who join the tourists in returning for holidays. The fourth edition of this genuinely independent guide covers all the islands of Cape Verde. It provides updated information on Cape Verde's rapidly expanding tourist facilities, a revised natural history section, and helps visitors delve deep into the heart of the country's spectacular landscape, colourful music and unusual people.
Paperback: 354 pages; Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 4 edition (23 Jan 2009); ISBN-10: 1841622761; ISBN-13: 978-1841622767.

Transport / How do I travel to Cape Verde

  Praia Airport   -   Praia F. Mendes

Other airports in Cape Verde: Boa Vista Rabil, Maio Vila Maio, Mosteiros, Sal Cabral, Santo Antao, Sao Filipe, Sao Nicolau Preguica, Sao Vicente San Pedro

 
Book cheap flights to Cape Verde at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares. View their latest offers and book your flights, accommodation, car hire and insurance online.

  Airline Tickets /  Bargain Flights

Ferry service operates between the port of Mindelo, Sao Vicente and the island of Santo Antao. A second regular ferry service connects the islands of Santiago, Fogo and Brava. Ferry services operate primarily for cargo, supply and demand and therefore can be inconsistent.

Transport to take you around the island is usually provided by 'aluguer'. Usually a form of minibus or pick up truck.

  Maps International   -  Maps of Africa  
Mapsinternational.co.uk is one of the largest map shops online.
  Map of Cape Verde [ Uni Texas - Perry-Castañeda Library - Map Collection ]


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Situated in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Africa you can find a world of your own with the islands of Cape Verde. The archipelago is made up of 10 islands and 8 isles of volcanic origin.

  Government Cape Verde   -   Republica de Cabo Verde 

  Praia   -   Capital City of Cape Verde
Praia, located on Santiago Island, is Cape Verde's largest city, commercial center and port that ships coffee, sugar cane, and tropical fruits. Praia also has a fishing industry. There are resort beaches nearby, and an airport just west of the city.

  Boavista Island
Dreamy desert beaches, unbroken dunes, date palms, acacia trees and warm, shallow sea.
  Brava  -  island of dreams, mysterious mists and beautiful flowers.
Cooler than the other islands. With lush vegetation, fresh fish and a great variety of seafood. Off the coast, there are two beautiful islets packed with wildlife, sandy beaches and divers haven.
  Fogo   -   volcanic mountainous island
Paradise for climbers and mountain bikers. A hot climate, coffee and grapes. Magnificent panoramas and traditional feasts.
  Maio
Like Boavista with space, tranquillity and hospitality. Endless beaches and warm, crystal clear waters. Beautiful bays and fishing villages
  Mindalo
  Santiago   -   largest of the islands with the capital city - Praia
Superb landscapes, lush vegetation, mountains and beaches. Strong African influences, festivals and markets
  Sao Nicolao / São Nicolau   -   island of old volcanoes and ancient Dragon trees
Wild landscape, numerous mountains and beaches. High-sea fishing and the famous medicinal black sands of Tarrafal.
  Sao Vicente / São Vicente   -   cosmopolitan island with the city of Mindelo and Porto Grande
Majestic mountains, beaches, horseriding, windsurfing, carnivals and crafts. Music and dancing.
  Sal,  Santiago Island   -   fine white beaches and turquoise blue seas
Sal has the international airport and an eye to tourism. Watersports, fishing, horseriding or peace and privacy. Good hotels and the famous salt deposits.
  Santo Antao   -  sky-high mountains and sea-deep valleys
From tropical vegetation to almost Alpine air. Breathtaking views and a totally pure environment. Traditional feasts and grogue, the Cape Verde brandy.

  Billfish-Club Cabo Verde   -   Big-Game-Fishing
  Caboverde.com   -   by Eraldo De Gioannini
Visiting Card, A little about its History, Health and Education, An Emigrant People, Climate, Agriculture, Flora and Fauna, Sea- scape
  Mindelos Info   -   non-commercial wensite about Mindelo =  Sao Vicente and Cape Verde
News,  informations [ hotels,  rent-a-car ], FAQ, photos, ferries, etc. [ French only ]
  Radio  CVT-portal   -   Cape Verde Radio live
  Worldisround.com   -   Cape Verde   -   Travel Articles

Cuisine  -  Cape Verde Cooking Recipes

  Cape_Verdean Recipes

Cape Verde's dry, tropical island environment and its role in Portugal's 15th-century colonizations have shaped its cooking traditions. Enslaved Africans brought knowledge of growing and cooking tropical crops. The Portuguese brought livestock. They used Cape Verde for feeding the crews of their sailing ships and as an experimental station for growing foods from the Americas, such as corn, hot peppers, pumpkins, and cassava. They also transplanted sugar,bananas, mangos, papayas, and other tropical crops from Asia.

National food preferences, reflected in ritual foods, include an affection for dried corn, either whole kernels (hominy/samp) or ground to various degrees of fineness. The national dish, catchupa, is a stew of hominy and beans with fish or meat. It means home to Cape Verdeans everywhere. Xerem, dried corn pounded in mortar to the fineness of rice, is the staple of feasts. And kuskus, ground finer still and steamed in a distinctive ceramic pot called a binde, is a special treat served hot with butter and milk (kuskus ku leite) or molasses (kuskus ku mel). Cape Verdean Americans maintain most of these national tastes.

See for more Excepts from the 1995 festival of American Folklife Cookbook.

History of Cape Verde

Independence: 5 July 1975 (from Portugal)

  History of Cape Verde  -  WikipediA
Cape Verde was uninhabited when the Portuguese arrived in 1456, and the islands were thus made part of the Portuguese empire. Due to its location off the coast of Africa, Cape Verde became an important port, and was a major center of the slave trade.
In 1975, the islands achieved independence, partially due to the efforts of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC).

Antonio's Island: Cape Verde  -  by Marcelo Gomes Balla
The Cape Verde islands, off the West African coast, played an important part in African-American history. This book covers the part played by early explorers, and the influence of the slave trade that helped to create a true multi-cultural society.
Paperback 224 pages (September 20, 2002); Publisher: Braiswick

Music, Culture

The culture of Cape Verde reflects its mixed Portuguese and African roots. It is well known for its diverse forms of music [ such as Morna, Cape Verdian Fado ] and dance [ such as Funana, mixed Portuguese and African dance ].

  University of Massachusetts   -   Cape Verde - History & Culture

  The Soul of Cape Verde / L'Âme du Cap Vert - Tinder Records  -  Various Artists
19 beautiful tracks from the homeland of Cesaria Evora. This exquisitely packaged recording emphasizes the acoustic music of these West African islands, which sounds like an exotic blend of Brazilian, Portuguese and African styles. Features cuts by Evora as well as a number of her soon-to-be-known compatriates like Maria Alice, Luis Morais, Tito Paris, Bau, Bana, Amandio Cabral, Mindel Band, Simentera and others. A stunning collection with over 70 minutes of music


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