Favorite thing: Mindelo is the cultural center of Cape Verde.
The barefooted diva, Cesaria Evora comes from there and so does many other musicians.
One night i even bumped in to senegalese singer, Yussou n'dour in a local cafe while i was ther and the place do in general have a good artist vibe.
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TAKE A VIRTUAL TOURIST WITH YOU!
Cape Verde is a far trek to a beach island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. What better way to visit here than to take another member of VT along with you! The first photo shows my friend and wonder VA (Virtual Attendee) - Gail. I thought she looked a bit pale one day in my rucksack so I took her down to the glorious golden beach in Santa Maria. Gail is known as Glo39 here on VT and was my Virtual Attendee at the VT Euromeet in Karlsruhe, Germany. She asked if she could travel with me and she has been a fabulous travelling companion. She is always ready to go on an adventure with me, I don’t have to pay for another airline seat for her and she is even water resistant (after some ‘plastic’ surgery). What a woman! If you would like a VA then go to a VT Meeting and take your Virtual (Tourist) friends with you!!!Related to:
- Beer Tasting
- Family Travel
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Favorite thing: As stated by others, the people are very friendly. I was a little dissapointed by the beaches near the Tropico hotel, very littered and dirty. Lots of stray dogs also, no danger though. This place is a bit underdeveloped, so dont expect the same things as in a jet-set vacation spot. A very unique place.
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Music in the air
Favorite thing: The capverdian music, we like it!
One of the reasons for us to come to Cape Verde. You feel and hear the music in the air.
There are three different kinds of capeverdian music; the funana, the morna and the coladera.
Our favourite is the morna.
One of the most famous singers of the morna is Cesaria Evora.
We visit her home town Mindelo.
There we hear that our planned departure from Cape Verde was too early...
Cesaria Evora should just return to Mindelo one week later and sing in one of the popular music-café's in Mindelo.
Now we listen to her cd's at home. Cape Verde the year round. At 26th october 2005 finally we managed to visit a concert of Cesaria Evora in the Netherlands. It was really great !
Have an open mind
Favorite thing: Cape Verde's beauty is in its people. You'll find the most beautiful mixtures of races and colours. What Europeans would perceive as black people sometimes have green eyes and blond hair. And, more important, all 'cabo's' are very friendly, welcoming and party-minded.
A great day in Cape verde Islands
It was a great weather that day, bright sunshine, but some sort of a bad weather front with very dark clouds was coming closer and closer...
...and it was a perfect day to take photographs against the sun, with the totally smooth sea glittering in the sun, while our small tenderboats made the transport of passengers and crew between our cruiseship M/S Vistafjord and the small port on Cape Verde.Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Adventure Travel
A wild desert island
Favorite thing: When you arrive at Cape verde, you'll land at Espargos, on the Ilha do Sal, where is the international airport. You'll can reach the other islands by little planes. From Ilha do Sal you can go to Boavista by boat, but the voyage is about three hours long. I've been only at Ilha do Sal, so in my Cape Verde pages I'll describe you the other islands with informations I took on the spot. Obsiouvly all the pictures refer to Ilha do Sal.
Fondest memory: When we decided to go on holiday to Cape Verde I was not so thrilled about our choice. I known we were going to a place very different from those we use to go, like the Caribbean. No palmtrees and vegetation, no towns to visit, no a calm sea, just a windswept desert island with some little village. Here the ocean is cold and rough so you can't swim and have fun. Actually my informations were right, but when I arrived...I changed my mind!! Now I would like to come back sometime and go to visit the other islands.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
Favorite thing: The Boavista island has so much to see!!
Fondest memory: one of my fondeste memories was almost getting lost, almost by night fall in the middle of the sand dunes, near a beach (the sta maria) that has a scary ship sunk there! a bit scary, but very funny to remember
Favorite thing: In the island of Sal you have 2 banks (for what i know) and one cashpoint, but cannot be used by foreigner accounts. In Boavista island you only have one bank opened untill 3pm, where you can get money at the balcony with your visa card (only!). The only way to get around there is with money on your pocket, there's no such thing as visa in shops, hotels or restaurants. neither travelcards.
When in Cape Verde you should...
Favorite thing: When in Cape Verde you should go to:
SAL Island - Santa Maria Beach
BOAVISTA Island - Santa Monica Beach
SANTIAGO Island - Cidade da Praia Market and Cidade Velha
SAO VICENTE Island - City of Mindelo
Fondest memory: Amilcar Cabral Square (Mindelo)
Where you seat and observe Cape Verdeans walking around the square.
Coming from Sao Vicente Airport and seeing Mindelo and its bay from the road. Quite impressive!!!
Mingle in ports and docks......
Favorite thing: Mingle in ports and docks... In Cape Vert, lots of sailors and traders come from absolutly everywhere in the world and you can find them in main ports areas like in “São Vicente Island, - Porto Grande” (In this photo)...
Fondest memory: I remember a total sense of a huge mix of cultures and harmony in relationship between them...
island of Sao Tiagothe inner...
Favorite thing: island of Sao Tiago
the inner of the island
visit the center of the island from Praia to Tarrafal, the scenery along the route is magnificient and a stop at Sao Jorge de Orgaos is a must to see the streets full of bougainvillae. Further on towards Assomada is the highest peak of the island, called the peak of Antonio (1300 metres)
passing by banana and vegetable-plantation you will come down to Tarrafal
THE ISLAND OF SAOTIAGO...
Favorite thing: THE ISLAND OF SAOTIAGO (SANTIAGO)
1) CAPITAL PRAIA
the City of Praia, originally called Praia de Sta maria, was built on a basaltic platform overlooking the bay and this area is known as the 'plateau'. A walk through this lovely town, stopping for a coffee at one of the pleasant esplanades or just relaxing in the gardens is an excellentway to spend an afternoôn.
It is also fascinating to visit the local markets.
Prainha is the name given to the small but beautiful beach with the hotel Praia mar.
Fondest memory: don't be surprised : at Prainha bar you might hear some Russian pop-music as the barkeeper is Russian..
just typical to see how international the population is in the Cabo Verde..
the island of...
Favorite thing: the island of SAL
in view of its close proximity to the African continent, has a climate very simular to other zones with same latitude.
It is very arid islan, and although volcanic in origin, constant erosion throughout its history has made it almost flat. From north to south it is about 30 km long but does not exceed more then 12 km in width. the overall surface area is 216 km2. the international airport of Sal is the main gateway to the whole Archipelago. Sal was discovered in 1640 and was first known as Llana or Plana meaning 'flat'. It was given its present name when a lagoon in a crater of an extinct volcano was discovered in this place, after the rains, salt was produced. this crater is now known as Pedro de Lume
Wer gerne wandert ist auf...
Favorite thing: Wer gerne wandert ist auf Santo Antao richtig.
Surfer treffen sich auf Sal, aber sonst gibt es da nichts zu tun. Auf Santiago kann man sowohl baden wie auch wandern.
Fondest memory: Die spektakulären gepflasterten Wege auf S.Antao und die ungepflasterten, aber ebenso steilen auf Santiago
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