Cape Verde Reviews
I recently visited Cape Verde and flew from Sal to Sao Vicente. The island of Sao Vicente is truly beautiful with stunning beaches, mountain views including the wonderful 'Monte Verde'. You can see San Antao in the distance and even though Safaris are being offered both for Sao Vicente and San Antao I didnt get chance to go on them and review them although I will certainly do so on my next trip. Cape Verde has definatley gained a special place in my heart.Â Matt BÂ Date of Travel: February 2008.
IÂ loved Cape Verde - Audrey Jones. Date of travel: Apr 2006
We have just returned from paradise!! Being an undeveloped but emerging country at present, there is so much charm it is untrue. This is the new Caribbean but a lot closer, with direct flights from Birmingham and Gatwick, it is a sure bet that this is the new destination for tourists and holiday makers from the UK. Food, people, beaches, Salt mine, charm, scuba diving, wind surfing, surfing, golf etc..................... The list is too long. Cape Verde is beautiful, flat and sandy, there are approx six other islands to explore, they all offer different experiences and environments to suit all tastes. Great for families or lone travellers. It is well worth a visit and also an excellent investment should you be wishing to purchase a property.
The love of Cape Verde - Buffalo
Marooned in the Atlantic, several hundred miles west of Senegal, the Cape Verde islands are one of the world's most out of the way destinations. Yet, these fascinating, if ill-starred, islands make for a tremendously rewarding experience for anyone with an interest in the obscure.
Unpopulated when the Portuguese discovered them in the 15th century, slaves were imported from Africa, and the islands became a major pivotal point in the North American slave trade. Another import - goats - succeeded in ridding much of the islands of the majority of their vegetation, and Darwin, who stopped here on his voyage on the Beagle, paid them the backhanded compliment of saying they possessed a certain desolate majesty.
The climate remains a fierce one (yet, ironically, excellent for the visitor) - there's very little rain, and the serious heat is mitigated by constant cooling winds. It's very difficult to grow anything on the islands, a fact that has led to mass migration - there are more Cape Verdeans living abroad than on the islands.
Yet there's plenty to delight the visitor. The population are immensely friendly, well educated and healthy (most of the major diseases that afflict mainland Africa are unknown here), and there are many natural wonders. There are the beautiful white sand beaches of Sal, the gardens of Brava, the awesome volcano of Fogo (which, unbelievably, supports a village in its black ash-blown crater), and the extraordinarily lush and spectacular Santa Antao. One side of this mountainous island is as barren as the rest of Cape Verde, but cross the peaks at the island's heart and a breathtakingly verdant and precipitous landscape unfolds - a curious microclimate means that water falls here when the rest of the islands are suffering drought. Just one of the many surprises Cape Verde has in store.
FANTASTIC SAL - Suzi Dee. Date of travel: Apr 2006
Have just returned from an inspection trip to Sal, Cape Verde Islands. The flight was OK from LHR to Lisbon then onto Sal, but there are direct flights starting from October/Nov 2006 from Birmingham and Gatwick. I would highly recommend the trip, beautiful weather, people, food and atmosphere, good accommodation. In fact 10/10. Great beaches and fabulous salt mines to visit, full of charm. Go and enjoy!!!!
I loved Murdeira - Claire Hunt. Date of travel: Mar 2006
A lot of people are offensive about Sal. But they forget that if there is very little rain, there is very little vegetation, except where people water twice daily. So it's not green, but you don't get the rain. The trade winds keep you much cooler than you would be in those latitudes, and the weather is temperate. The people are very friendly and the island has a good feel to it. I have travelled to nearly all the other Cape Verde Islands and Sal is my favourite as I love the ocean. With flights direct from Gatwick and Manchester you can book online, and from the previous posts, someone thought that you had to fly via Santiago. You could, but why would you want to do that? Yes, you do need to fill in white customs forms at the airport, but this is normal in many places. You also need to purchase a cape verde visa.
I spend 6 weeks in cape verde visiting the islands of sal and sao vicente, sao nikolao and santo antao. Cape Verde is a very different and very interesting place to visit. The culture is a funny mix of African and Portugal and since tourism is still new the locals are still very curious about foreigners.
Still not so tourists-crowded, these African Islands are an ideal spot for relaxing on holiday. Don't go there if you are a fanatic for nightlife or fashion stuff !!!!!!
Here you can really re-discover the pace of life, waking up with the sun and going to sleep with the 1st darkness ... enjoy my tips ... I'll take a while to complete this page. Sal Rei is the main city of Boavista, do not even think of this city as a "standard" city, it's more a collection of houses with some squares & bars.
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