About Cape Verde

Cape Verde, the Morabeza Islands.

There are ten semi-arid islands of volcanic origin spread across the Atlantic Ocean, about 570 km to the west of Mauritania and Senegal and exposed to the trade winds.

Together, the Cape Verde Islands cover an area of ​​just over 4000 square km. From 1460 onwards, they were discovered by Portuguese navigators or in the service of the Portuguese crown. Cape Verde proclaimed its independence (from Portugal) on 5 July 1975.

Cape Verde is one of the four archipelagos that form the insular domain of Macaronesia. The others are, from north to south: the Azores, Madeira and Porto Santo, and the Canaries,

Each Cape Verdean island has its own charm.

The popular island of sal with its arid, desert scenarios. The privileged salt pans and beaches, and the strong trade winds that attract windsurfers and kitesurf de todo o mundo.

The island of Boavista, the emerald sea, its vast sands and huge dunes.

The mother island of Cape Verde is Santiago. The Cidade Velha is located there, the first town in the archipelago that started it all. Praia, the capital of Cape Verde. And the Tarrafal countryside has a bad memory, but today, too, a welcoming town with its own irresistible beaches.

Fogo, its majestic volcano mountain and Chã das Caldeiras, home to resilient communities with a curious French-speaking origin, from time to time, with victims affected by the inexorable lava of Fogo but who still do not abandon the gigantic caldera-crater where your clan has long inhabited.

Then there's the elusive Brava, located west of São Filipe, the capital of Fogo. May, lady of some more wonderful beaches and the tiny Santa Luzia.

To the north, the mountainous Santo Antao, São Vicente, and the city of Mindelo, considered the cultural capital of Cape Verde. And Baía das Gatas, place of the famous music festival of the same name.

The tiny Santa Luzia and then São Nicolau, sung by Cesária Évora in “Saudade“. And, like Santo Antão, place of the last artisanal and historic piers of the archipelago