The Republic of Cabo Verde is an archipelago of 10 islands of volcanic origin located in the Atlantic Ocean in front of the coasts of Senegal. its name, Cape Verde, is indicating the western most point of the African continent.
Cabo Verde, a Portuguese colony until 1975 when it became an independent state, suffered great influences from the European peoples. In factthe name of the ethnicity of Cape Verde, “Creole” means just the meeting between African and European culture or more precisely a person born of an indigenous mother and a European father.
For this reason capverdians, even if they are African people, have culture a little beat different than Black Africa culture; for example in the religion, capeverdians in fact are Catholic.
The islands of Cabo Verde divided according to the Elyos winds respond to 2 groups:
Barlavento Islands: Santo Antao, Sao Vicente, Sao Nicolau, Santa Luzia(disabitata), Boa Vista e Sal.
Sotavento Islands: Maio, Fogo, Brava e Santiago.
The belonging to these two groups has determined linguistic and cultural similarities between the islands
Making sure that the islands of Barlavento, closer to Europe rather than Africa, were more contaminated by European culture than the islands of Sotavento, in the opposite way, of the African one.
The Cabo Verde’s economy,in past based exclusively on fishing and agriculture, has seen a great development thanks to the exponential increase in tourism after the construction of the international airports of “Amilcar Cabral”, in the island of Sal, of “Francisco Mendes “, In the Island of Santiago, of” Aristides Pereira “in the Island of Boa Vista and lastly the” Cesaria Evora “International Airport in the Island of Sao Vicente.
Tourism has been strongly increased over the years with the construction mainly in the islands of Sal and Boa Vista. In 2012, 533,887 tourists visited the archipelago, overcoming the number of inhabitants for the first time.
the Island of Sal, which means “Salt Island”, takes its name from the salt deposits scattered throughout the territory, in the past widely exploited but now abandoned to give space to the development of tourism. Now the main source of income for the island.
The island of Sal becomes a perfect destination for lovers of white beaches and for who want to escape of the winter’s cold.
Interesting also for fishing lovers; in Sal are practiced all of kind odf fishing with the preference in Tuna’s fishing and Blue Marlin’s fishing.
Always attracted in marine flora and the picturesque seabed, many choose it for scuba diving. Even many marine biologists choose Sal for the study of the big and beautiful sea turtles.Sighted in large numbers in Sal and in all Cabo Verde, and symbol of the Cape Verdean state.
In addition, the island of Sal has been a wonderful discovery for those who practice sports such as surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing thanks to the tense and constant wind. The island, in fact, hosts many schools dedicated to these sports and every year people from different part of the world come to Sal to pratise them.
The tourist center of the island, an the place where all of our apartments are located.
the main attraction of Santa Maria is the large white beach where stands the “pontao”,a pier, that are used from fishermans to saling the fish of the day, a particular and suggestive attraction.
Besides being a welcoming city characterized by narrow streets overlooking the sea, Santa Maria is also home to numerous pubs and restaurants; in the evening, nightlife is not lacking and fun is guaranteed.
A small town near Santa Maria, houses a beautiful beach where the rocks broken and eroded by water and wind give rise to a very special landscape.
The capital of the island, where most of the local population resides. Seat of the Mira d’Ouro a mountain from which you can admire the city from above.
Pedra de Lume: Salinas
The salt pans of Pedra Lume, now unused and open only for tourism purposes, are located on the crater of an extinct volcano. In the plant are still visible the various machinery dedicated to the extraction and transport of salt that came up to the port of Palmeira through an ancient system of cable cars still visible in part but by now rusty gears. You enter the complex from a tunnel dug into the mountain and are immediately visible the salt tubs with a thousand shades of pink that give the place a magical atmosphere.
The bathroom in one of the tanks where the water, 35 times more salty than the water, is fun and interesting it generates the strange and funny phenomenon of floating. Absolutely to prove it!
Shark bay is a beach with not very particular characteristics the rocks in fact form a slab that allows you to walk for several meters with water at the ankles but this is not the most interesting show of Shark bay, as suggested by the name, Shark bay is populated by many sharks, mostly small, that swim close to the shore.
Thanks to an on-site service that, if you need it, will provide you with comfortable shoes from the sea, you can go walking for this “rocky plain” and admire the sharks from a very close distance of course if you can!
Very close to Shark bay there is also “the Wreck”, a boat stranded on the coast that, together with the panorama of the bay, gives life to a very special show.
City seat of the commercial port of Sal, where it is also possible to buy some cheap fish. In the evening the place comes alive among the premises of the port where typical music comes from.
Terra Boa, or the greenest part of the island as well as being the home of Sal’s largest shantytown is also the place where we can admire “the Mirage” a small mountain that from a distance appears immersed in a pool of water but that really is not!
A fascinating spectacle of rocky inlets evidence of eruption terminated at sea. A wooden structure has been built that runs along the largest natural pool in the middle and allows visitors to observe the natural spectacle of the waves crashing on the rocks in complete safety.
In Buracona you can admire the famous “Blue Eye” a 12-meter hole in the rock that radiates from strong light blue shine. Absolutely to see!