São Vicente, Cape Verde

The Volcanic Arid Wonder of Soncente

Atlantic vs East Coast
Praia Grande coves, between Baía das Gatas and the volcanoes above the village of Calhau.
Clube Beira-Mar by the sea
Headquarters of FC Beira-Mar do Calhau, the club in the village of Calhau served by a rough and peeled field.
Dry skies, inhospitable land
Glimpse of São Vicente under a mist that only very rarely produces rain.
Incursion into Praia Grande
Hikers walk at the end of Praia Grande closest to the village of Calhau.
an unexpected relationship
Bush invades the modern road that passes by the village of Calhau.
miraculous city
The houses of Mindelo arranged around the Bay of Porto Grande, with Monte Cara in the background.
color fishing
Fishing boats bring more life to Baía das Gatas.
Dunes and some Asphalt
Atlantic Dunes in the east of São Vicente
rough coastline
Plateaus and craggy peaks rip the east coast of São Vicente right down to the edge of the Atlantic.
geological cutouts
The peninsula on which Baía das Gatas is located, seen from the top of Monte Verde
End of another day
Sun sets behind Monte Cara and orange the Porto Grande Bay and its marina.
A return to São Vicente reveals an aridity as dazzling as it is inhospitable. Those who visit it are surprised by the grandeur and geological eccentricity of the fourth smallest island in Cape Verde.

The "Canal Sea” approaches the anchorage.

The waves soften as the islet of Farol gains volume.

It stands out from the imposing cliffs between ocher and brown, which flank the bay of Porto Grande, almost on the northwest threshold of Cape Verde.

In such a way that it reveals the white staircase that climbs to the top. The acrobatic houses of Mindelo are unveiled along the extensive base of Monte Verde, as if trying to conquer its summit.

At the time the boat docks, the sun falls behind Monte Cara. It illuminates and yellows the city with an astral morabeza that is both soft and ephemeral.

Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde, Porto Grande Marina

Sun sets behind Monte Cara and orange the Porto Grande Bay and its marina.

Once on land, with night beginning, we found ourselves eager to discover what was beyond the huge iron walls that seemed to contain the capital.

We decided to discover it before dedicating ourselves to the Mindelo.

The new day dawned sunny and somewhat windy as is supposed in the cooler and dry season of Cape Verde.

We took the rental car on Avenida Marginal and, soon, the Mindelo-Calhau road, a long irregular sidewalk, made of basalt stones, as volcanic as its final destination.

We continue upstream of the dry Julião stream, through a savannah with dry, shallow hay, dotted with thorny bushes.

A Breathtaking Return to São Vicente

Gradually, we enter the heart of the island and point to the capricious east coast.

Calhau won't be long. Admire its multicolored houses at the foot of the two black volcanoes that reinforce the smallness of the homes.

The open surroundings appear to us in style Western, like nowhere ghosts swept by sand and dust, full of ground-floor buildings abandoned to the waterhole and the Alisios.

Clube Beira-Mar, São Vicente Island, Cape Verde

Headquarters of FC Beira-Mar do Calhau, the club in the village of Calhau served by a rough and peeled field.

One of these structures is joined by an overturned goal and a whole rough soccer field in front of it. A sign identifies them: FC Beira Mar do Calhau.

The seat is black and yellow, the exact colors of Sport Clube Beira-Mar de Aveiro. In the distance, towards the rest of Cape Verde's west coast and the African continent, we can still see the island of Santa Luzia, clearly offside.

We take the road that is named Baía das Gatas-Calhau there.

The Calhau is already behind when we notice that a bush like a tree hugs the steel rail.

It invades the edge and sways in the wind on the asphalt, as if to claim the supremacy of the adventurous plant world.

São Vicente, Cape Verde, bush on the road

Bush invades the modern road that passes by the village of Calhau.

From Praia Grande to Baía das Gatas

Still without seeing a soul, we entered the open area of ​​Praia Grande.

A succession of lofty plateaus of long-cooled lava give way to the coast.

Successive sands extend from the tidal limit of the Atlantic, up the slopes.

Praia Grande, east of São Vicente, Cape Verde

Hikers walk at the end of Praia Grande closest to the village of Calhau.

The road that undulates between these same slopes and the ocean crosses the sands and the dunes.

It leads us to a last cove closed by new linear houses.

We consulted the map. We confirmed that it was the Baía das Gatas that we had already heard so much about. It was the excuse that we didn't need to visit and refresh ourselves with icy Strelas.

Far from the date of the famous local festival and without the crowds from Mindelo and other parts of Cape Verde, those places lacked life. Color abounded. Especially on assorted fishermen's boats.

Sao Vicente, Baía das Gatas, Cape Verde boats

Fishing boats bring more life to Baía das Gatas.

So we ended up sitting down to lunch on an airy terrace, seduced by the genuine reception of the owner: “If you want food from here, you'll have to wait at least half an hour.

Here we make everything fresh and on time.” let us know, for sure already tired of the rush of the small tours that passed by. "No, there is no cachus! But there is fried chicken."

We have nothing to complain about.

We sat between French, Dutch and English. Since landing in Mindelo, we have not seen any sign of compatriots.

We savored the beers and the strangeness of that corner of the island that the company made more foreign.

The Picturesque and Bathing Corner of Salamansa

After the small feast, we proceed to Salamansa, the fishing village that followed, located in the bay before the capital because of the fresh water, rare in most parts of São Vicente, as in the rest of the archipelago. We entered what appeared to be the main street.

A group of women and children share the fountain of the village, armed with jerricans plastics. As the containers fill, they exchange jokes and spontaneous jokes to which they respond with easy laughs.

Across the road, another, older woman, had just laid out the blue outfit of the local football club under the gaze of a small clan of men, some players, other former players and supporters who, motivated by our interest , rushed to praise the value of their team.

We passed the beach in front of the village. There, king sports are different. Several native teenagers and a young Dutchman who ended up staying run an informal water sports center.

At the same time, they perfect their surfing and kitesurf.

Upon returning from the sea, some of them volunteer for a short photographic production. Cristiano, Kenny Marlon and Vladimir display, in stylish poses, their boards and physiques.

Confident, Jaírson doesn't need props to reach the same plan.

Ascension to the Ceiling of São Vicente

We were about to close the way back to the road we had been driving since early in the morning. At the same time, we had approached the access to the island's zenith (750 m), the Monte Verde overlooking that we admired when the ferry arrived from Santo Antão.

View from Pico Verde to Praia Grande, São Vicente, Cape Verde

Plateaus and craggy peaks rip the east coast of São Vicente right to the edge of the Atlantic

We ascend to its panoramic summit. Slowly, slowly, the altitude trapped us with majestic views of Praia Grande.

And forward, far away, from Santo Antão, from the Bay of Porto Grande, from the Mindelo that filled it and the barren but stunning hills and valleys between the plateau that supported us and the São Vicente Channel.

The Alisios punished those heights and Cape Verde in general, from the Brava island a Santo Antão. In such a way that, when we reached the edge of the precipice, we could barely balance ourselves.

Despite the distance, we realized that the “Canal Sea” returned to dock at the port. The day ended in a flash and the lights took over the houses.

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Cidade Velha: the Ancient of the Tropico-Colonial Cities

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island of salt, Cape Verde

The Salt of the Island of Sal

At the approach of the XNUMXth century, Sal remained lacking in drinking water and practically uninhabited. Until the extraction and export of the abundant salt there encouraged a progressive population. Today, salt and salt pans add another flavor to the most visited island in Cape Verde.
Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde

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Santa Maria, Sal Island, Cape Verde

Santa Maria and the Atlantic Blessing of Sal

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Santo Antão, Cape Verde

Up and Down the Estrada da Corda

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Fogo Island, Cape Verde

Around the Fogo Island

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São Nicolau: Pilgrimage to Terra di Sodade

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Chã das Caldeiras, Fogo Island Cape Verde

A "French" Clan at the Mercy of Fire

In 1870, a Count born in Grenoble on his way to Brazilian exile, made a stopover in Cape Verde where native beauties tied him to the island of Fogo. Two of his children settled in the middle of the volcano's crater and continued to raise offspring there. Not even the destruction caused by the recent eruptions deters the prolific Montrond from the “county” they founded in Chã das Caldeiras.    
Príncipe, São Tomé and Principe

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150 km of solitude north of the matriarch São Tomé, the island of Príncipe rises from the deep Atlantic against an abrupt and volcanic mountain-covered jungle setting. Long enclosed in its sweeping tropical nature and a contained but moving Luso-colonial past, this small African island still houses more stories to tell than visitors to listen to.
São Tomé and Principe

Cocoa Roças, Corallo and the Chocolate Factory

At the beginning of the century. In the XNUMXth century, São Tomé and Príncipe generated more cocoa than any other territory. Thanks to the dedication of some entrepreneurs, production survives and the two islands taste like the best chocolate.
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Serengeti NP, Tanzania

The Great Migration of the Endless Savanna

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Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi, Annapurna Circuit, Nepal, Yaks
Annapurna (circuit)
Annapurna Circuit 11th: yak karkha a Thorong Phedi, Nepal

Arrival to the Foot of the Canyon

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Sheets of Bahia, Eternal Diamonds, Brazil
Architecture & Design
Sheets of Bahia, Brazil

Lençóis da Bahia: not Even Diamonds Are Forever

In the XNUMXth century, Lençóis became the world's largest supplier of diamonds. But the gem trade did not last as expected. Today, the colonial architecture that he inherited is his most precious possession.
Boats on ice, Hailuoto Island, Finland.
Hailuoto, Finland

A Refuge in the Gulf of Bothnia

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shadow of success
Ceremonies and Festivities
Champoton, Mexico

Rodeo Under Sombreros

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Sanahin Cable Car, Armenia
Alaverdi, Armenia

A Cable Car Called Ensejo

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Beverage Machines, Japan

The Beverage Machines Empire

There are more than 5 million ultra-tech light boxes spread across the country and many more exuberant cans and bottles of appealing drinks. The Japanese have long since stopped resisting them.
Kigurumi Satoko, Hachiman Temple, Ogimashi, Japan
Ogimashi, Japan

An Historical-Virtual Japan

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Bungee jumping, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Queenstown, the Queen of Extreme Sports

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For Those Becoming Internet Sick

Hop on and let yourself go on unmissable boat trips like the Philippine archipelago of Bacuit and the frozen sea of ​​the Finnish Gulf of Bothnia.
Women with long hair from Huang Luo, Guangxi, China
Longsheng, China

Huang Luo: the Chinese Village of the Longest Hairs

In a multi-ethnic region covered with terraced rice paddies, the women of Huang Luo have surrendered to the same hairy obsession. They let the longest hair in the world grow, years on end, to an average length of 170 to 200 cm. Oddly enough, to keep them beautiful and shiny, they only use water and rice.
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Got2Globe Photo Portfolio
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In Search of the Stealth Whittier

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Cilaos, Reunion Island, Casario Piton des Neiges
Cilaos, Reunion Island

Refuge under the roof of the Indian Ocean

Cilaos appears in one of the old green boilers on the island of Réunion. It was initially inhabited by outlaw slaves who believed they were safe at that end of the world. Once made accessible, nor did the remote location of the crater prevent the shelter of a village that is now peculiar and flattered.
coast, fjord, Seydisfjordur, Iceland
Winter White
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From the Art of Fishing to the Fishing of Art

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Baie d'Oro, Île des Pins, New Caledonia
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The Island that Leaned against Paradise

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Argentinean flag on the Perito Moreno-Argentina lake-glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

The Resisting Glacier

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Sheki, Autumn in the Caucasus, Azerbaijan, Autumn Homes
Sheki, Azerbaijan

autumn in the caucasus

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Okavango Delta, Not all rivers reach the sea, Mokoros
Natural Parks
Okavango Delta, Botswana

Not all rivers reach the sea

Third longest river in southern Africa, the Okavango rises in the Angolan Bié plateau and runs 1600km to the southeast. It gets lost in the Kalahari Desert where it irrigates a dazzling wetland teeming with wildlife.
Maksim, Sami people, Inari, Finland-2
UNESCO World Heritage
Inari, Finland

The Guardians of Boreal Europe

Long discriminated against by Scandinavian, Finnish and Russian settlers, the Sami people regain their autonomy and pride themselves on their nationality.
Earp brothers look-alikes and friend Doc Holliday in Tombstone, USA
tombstone, USA

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Bay Watch cabin, Miami beach, beach, Florida, United States,
Miami beach, USA

The Beach of All Vanities

Few coastlines concentrate, at the same time, so much heat and displays of fame, wealth and glory. Located in the far southeast of the USA, Miami Beach is accessed by six bridges that connect it to the rest of Florida. It is manifestly meager for the number of souls who desire it.
Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Tawang, India

The Mystic Valley of Deep Discord

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Chepe Express, Chihuahua Al Pacifico Railway
On Rails
Creel to Los Mochis, Mexico

The Barrancas del Cobre & the CHEPE Iron Horse

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Weddings in Jaffa, Israel,
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Where Tel Aviv Settles Always in Party

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Casario, uptown, Fianarantsoa, ​​Madagascar
Daily life
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The Malagasy City of Good Education

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Maria Jacarés, Pantanal Brazil
Miranda, Brazil

Maria dos Jacarés: the Pantanal shelters such Creatures

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Passengers, scenic flights-Southern Alps, New Zealand
Scenic Flights
Aoraki / Mount Cook, New Zealand

The Aeronautical Conquest of the Southern Alps

In 1955, pilot Harry Wigley created a system for taking off and landing on asphalt or snow. Since then, his company has unveiled, from the air, some of the greatest scenery in Oceania.