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About Cape Verde

Cape Verde is a destination for the discerning traveller.
It is a country that offers the best of everything. The beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world and boast crystal clear waters. The walking is such that even the most intrepid hiker will be satisfied. The wind ensures that the most capable windsurfer or kite surfer is challenged. The deep sea angler will catch fish he has only dreamt of, and culture lovers will find music and literature in abundance. All in all, a destination that ticks many boxes.

Cape Verde comprises nine inhabited islands, plus an uninhabited island and eight islets in the Atlantic Ocean, located approximately 450km off the western tip of Senegal. Cape Verde used to be a Portuguese colony but gained its independence in 1975 and is now a republic.

The islands offer a tropical climate all year round, with average daily temperatures varying from 23°C (January) to 30°C (September). The terrain, the people and the ecological structure all differ considerably from island to island. In fact, even the most demanding traveller is likely to find more variety on this group of islands than on many of the world's largest continents.

From the white sandy beaches, turquoise seas and arid interior of Sal, to the dramatic scenery and green mountains of Santo Antão; the vast and desolate beaches of Boa Vista and Maio, to the thriving cultural capital Mindelo with its beautiful colonial architecture and port at the heart of São Vicente, there is something for everyone.
History

History

Cape Verde has become synonymous with white sandy beaches, turquoise blue sea and carefree holidays. But it hasn’t always been this way. In fact, the archipelago didn’t look anything like the paradise it is today when it erupted in a huge volcanic explosion out of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa more than 50 million years ago...
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Culture

Culture

Cape Verdean social and cultural patterns are very similar to those in rural Portugal, with some African twists. Football games and church activities are typical sources of social interaction and entertainment. The traditional walk around the praça (town square) to meet friends is practiced regularly in towns all over Cape Verde.
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Facts

Facts

Cape Verde is an archipelago and is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately 604 kilometres (375 miles) off the coast of West Africa and is due south of the Canary Islands. It is made up of ten islands (of which nine are inhabited) and eight islets.
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