WELCOME TO CAPE VERDE
One country, ten destinations … to discover, enjoy and savor!
It’s time to embark on a unique journey. From clearing all your senses and allowing yourself to live an unforgettable experience… Cape Verde, one archipelago, 10 magical islands “lost” in the middle of the Atlantic, each with its essence and peculiarities, but sharing a common ingredient: The “morabeza” of a people who will be happy to welcome you! If you like white sand beaches, to lose sight of on the horizon, or to experience the sensation of feeling the texture of black sand in contact with your skin, to dive in warm waters all year round and to enjoy a beautiful sunset by the sea, or to lose yourself green valleys, to climb inhospitable mountains, in an intimate contact with the best nature has to offer, and even to climb to the top of an “asleep” volcano and having the feeling of being able to touch the sky… so pack your bags. Cabo Verde is waiting for you!
HOW TO GET THERE
Cape Verde has four international airports: Amílcar Cabral International Airport (Sal Island); Aristides Pereira International Airport (Boavista Island); Nelson Mandela International Airport (Santiago Island) and Cesaria Évora International Airport (São Vicente Island). These four airports ensure its connections with the rest of the world and the remaining islands of the country. Due to the high tourist demand, there are more and more companies, especially lowcosts, wanting to fly to Cabo Verde.
SUN AND SEA
Cabo Verde is the ideal destination for those who are looking for the well-deserved rest, or simply to escape the cold of winter. Here the sun shines all year round and the bikini is part of your wardrobe all the time. Famous for its endless white sandy beaches with cristal clear waters, great to make use of your Go-pro, Cabo Verde is now one of the most popular destinations for British tourists and from all the Europe, seeking the Sun & Sea segment. Sal, Boavista and Maio are truly paradises on earth when one speaks of Cape Verdean beaches, many of them still totally virgin. Miles and miles of sand and an immense sea to lose sight of. To dive, swim with the fish or simply contemplate the horizon. Do not forget the sun protector and the hat!
PARADISE FOR NAUTICAL SPORTS & SPORTS FISHING
But, the beaches with white sand and translucent waters have much more to offer to those who want to change the peace of the sun for the adrenaline that the water sports can offer. The immense sea, allied to the wind, already make Cabo Verde, especially the island of Sal and Boavista, a highly sought destination for surf, windsurfing and kitesurfing lovers. In fact, Cabo Verde has three world champions: Josh Angulo (Windsurf); And Mitu Monteiro and Matchu Lopes (both of kitesurf), and, in fact, Ponta Petra Beach, on the island of Sal, have already hosted the world circuit of Kitesurf and Windsurf. You will easily find places to rent equipment, instructors, you just need to launch yourself into the waves. But if you prefer to stay inside a boat, sport fishing is for you. Sal, Boa Vista, São Nicolau, São Vicente and Santo Antão are the ideal islands for sport fishing, with several operators and places offering this service. If you are not afraid to venture underwater, Cabo Verde’s marine wealth also invites you to practice diving.
RURAL TOURISM & NATURE
S If you like to explore nature in its purest state, Cabo Verde prepared you a great trip through verdant valleys and steep mountains. Fogo, Brava, Santiago, São Nicolau and Santo Antão are waiting for you.
Morabeza… A word so much used in the tourist postcards that sell Cape Verde in the world. Such a simple word to pronounce, but extremely difficult to translate to the letter or to arrange a compatible synonym. Morabeza, is an essence that emanates from the identity of this Creole people in the art of well receiving those who visit them. The ingenuity of being a happy people, even with the little they have, which an not be overcome by bitterness of life and who will receive you with all the Morabeza you deserve.
Cabo Verde is a sovereign Republic with a semi-presidential regime and a multiparty democratic system in which popular sovereignty based on four organs of power in accordance with the principle of separation of powers and independence of each. The four authorities are the President of the Republic, the National Assembly, the Government and the Courts. The National Assembly, elected by direct universal suffrage, consists of 72 Members of Parliament, upon which is the liability to decide on structural issues of the country on behalf of the voters. In Cabo Verde elections are held for the President of the Republic; to the National Assembly, with a mandate valid for five years; and for local authorities, who choose the representatives of local government, with a mandate of four years. Under the Constitution, in the general elections the highest representative of the largest party is in charge of forming government.
The Republic of Cabo Verde is, since independence in 1975, a country that registers high rates of economic growth, with inflation currently around 1.5% annually. According to forecasts of the World Bank, and despite the crisis in areas such as Europe, with which Cabo Verde keeps key economic relations, economic growth will be 3.0% in 2015, 3.4% in 2016 and 3, 5% in 2017. Political stability, strong investment in education and training and remittances of the emigrants are the linchpins of the successes recorded by Cabo Verde in the field of economic development. The Cape Verdean diaspora, which exceeds the number of inhabitants
of the archipelago, has traditionally had an affective and cooperative association with the country.
Cabo Verde is currently the fourth African country in quality of life index. Nevertheless, the successes and planned efforts that are being developed, the authorities and the population are aware that there is a long way to go. About 25% of the labor force of the country is unemployed, 14% of the population is very poor and 30% is poor, according to the World Bank statistics.
A small archipelago, a great literature, a full, active and remarkable culture. Poetry, novels, short stories, popular wisdom, romance, Cape Verdean literature has deep roots and a vibrant relevancy.