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Cape Verde and its wonders 

Once in a while, you might want to go far away just to be sure to disconnect. Why not Africa, in the Atlantic, where the waters are warm? This might be because of the numerous volcanoes that form the Cape Verde archipelago off of the coast of West Africa, near Senegal, The Gambia and Mauritania.

Is the first Portuguese colony in Africa, independent since 1975 and the cradle of the “Barefoot Diva” and Queen of the morna music Cesaria Evora known for the kizomba dance, which is currently very popular among youths and even the elderly, far away enough for you?

There is more than enough to keep you busy for a few days in the cities before setting off to discover six islands of the archipelago (the most spectacular ones). It is, above all, a journey in nature!

Cape Verde, with its mild tropical climate and very balanced temperatures year round, is a choice destination, especially in November-December and in May-June. Ready to go?

Dives, treks and climbs

From France, Paris, Toulouse or Nice, a 21-day circuit offered by many travel agencies promises an infinite range of colors and forms that are offered by nature and many activities to have fun on or under the water, on land and even in the sky.

The six volcanic islands, known as the “6 wonders of Cape Verde,” each have, in fact, different atmospheres and activities to offer.

Santiago, the largest and most populated hosts the nation’s capital, Praia. It is the most African with its Sucupira and Assomada markets, banana plantations in Santa Cruz Valley, mountains, deserted creeks and black or brown sandy beaches.

Fogo bears well its fiery name “fire”. Its volcano, the Pico de Fogo, last erupted in 1995, forming a new 8 km wide caldera with 1 km high walls. It is possible to get closer to it after a long trek. Its semi-arid climate is also perfect for growing wine. Who would have thought?

Sao Vicente displays a different atmosphere with a natural pool of seawater, streams, and summits that are lost in the clouds. It is known as a great sailing destination.

Santo Anto is the trekking and Ecotourism Island. And it hosts a famous carnival in February.

Boavista, a small island occupied by birds, terraced fields, 56 km of deserted sandy beaches, spectacular dunes, a date tree oasis and a few colonial houses.

Sal, in the North, is a surfer’s paradise.

Everywhere around these islands it is possible to snorkel or scuba dive to discover wrecks and caves, to enjoy deep-sea fishing, trying to catch a tuna or a swordfish, or to watch dolphins, sperm whales, killer whales and other types of whales.

If you look up at the sky, 75 species of exotic birds marvel visitors.

Languages

The official is Portuguese. Spoken daily: Creole. More and more: French and English, which a majority of the Cape Verdeans learn in school.

A must!

Langouste, again and again, and it is so cheap! 

Research and French original: Sylvie Berthiaume

Translation: Christiane Théberge

  

 

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