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Cape Verde - happy women - h.i. photo

,,Most people visit Cape Verde for an All-Inclusive holiday. They spent a week or two hanging out at the hotel or resort and the beach. When they go out most of the time, it’s with something organized by the tour operator. Unfortunately, there is little interaction with local people unless they are serving or selling.
And it’s precisely that part that is missing, which is so important."

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It is a travel planning mistake to visit Sal and/or Boa Vista only. These two are beautiful islands indeed, but the tourism industry has shaped them in a way that you won’t get to know the ‘real Cape Verde’ when visiting these islands only.

Practicals

Transport

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Cape Verde - water taxi

Cape Verde - Sal island - good roads - Alexander S. photo

Food

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Cape Verde - lobster

Cape Verde - fish dish (catch of the day - parrot-fish?) - the tablecloth is sparklingly clean - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Shopping

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Cabo Verde - cork shop - souvenirs - f.a. photo

Cape Verde - wooden sculpture - almost standard size to hand luggage - Alexander S. photo

Public safety

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Cape Verde - police

Others

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Cape Verde - Fogo - São Filipe - street art - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Background

Cabo Verde - national flag

Destination in brief

Cape Verde (or Cabo Verde) in brief
 
Cape Verde is a rather isolated African country located in the Atlantic Ocean, 570 kilometers (375 miles) off the western coast of the African continent (Western Sahara). It is an archipelago of 9 inhabited islands, and many other very small ones. Most tourists visit these 6: Santiago, Boa Vista, Sal, São Vicente, Santo Antão and Fogo.
 
Cape Verde was a Portuguese colony until 1975.
 
Size: 4,033 km² (1,557 mi²), territorial waters not included
 
Capital city: Praia – it is on Santiago Island
 
Population: 554,000 (2020) - Most Cape Verdeans have both Portuguese and African ancestors and identify as Creole and Mulatto - A genetic study revealed that the ancestry of the population in Cape Verde is predominantly European in the male line and West African in the female line.
 
There are more Cape Verdeans living abroad than in the country. There are about 500,000 Cape Verdeans living in the United States alone, mostly on the New England coast. (This is mostly due to mass emigration resulting from repeated droughts in Cape Verde during the second half of the 20th century.)
 
Language: Portuguese is the official language, but Cape Verdean Creole, a Portuguese-based language, is widely spoken everyday life.
 
Religion: 90% Roman Catholic – The Catholicism practiced on the islands is pretty unusual as people often mix Catholic practices with traditional African ones.

Political system: a republic, a multi-party system, with exemplary political stability when compared to most other African countries.
 
If you look at the government’s and the business community’s communications, as well as what is taught in the country’s schools, you can see that Cape Verdeans prefer not to define their country as belonging to Africa.
 
Currency: Escudo (CVE)
 
Cape Verde is quite expensive for tourists. The country imports most of its food, including beverages, cereals, fruits, and vegetables.
 
Average net monthly salary: about 310 USD (2020)
 
Most common surname: Lopez
 
It is considered rude to eat in public in Cape Verde without sharing your food, so either eat in private or be prepared to share your sandwich around!
 
Safety: Cape Verde is a safe tourist destination, especially when compared to most other West African countries. Not terrorist threats, no riots, no violent crime against visitors.
 
No vaccinations required for entry.
 
When to go: November-May
 
Top tourist attractions:
 
Cape Verde is not really a destination for cultural tourism – it is more suitable for a beach vacation, and for water sports (scuba diving, windsurfing, kite surfing) or trekking.


Geography

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Cape Verde - Santiago island - Alexander S. photo

History

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Cape Verde - the island of Fogo - São Filipe - street art titled History of Emigration - Viktor Ohotin's photo

People

The Portuguese found the islands uninhabited in the 16th century, and they used it as a passing point for African Slaves. The majority of Africans on the island are a mixture of West African ethnicities and Portuguese.So the people are Mulattoes/Mixed race.Some have more African traces, some that are more European, and some that look mixed. The character of the mixture depends on the individual & on which island the person lives. Also, keep in mind that there has been recent immigration from West Africans  as well as Europeans looking for work.

Cape Verde - kids - h.i. photo

Cape Verde - lady - h.i. photo

Attractions

Sal Island

Cape Verde - island of Sal - Praia de Santa Maria, a popular beach on the south coast - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Santiago island

Cape Verde - Santiago island - Alexander S. photo

Cape Verde - Santiago island - Alexander S. photo

Cape Verde - Santiago island - almost secluded beach - Alexander S. photo

Santo Antão

the westernmost island of Cape Verde

Cape Verde - island of Santo Antão - Viktor Ohotin's photo

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