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Cape Verde Mindelo

Mindelo (Mindelu in Santiago Crioulo, and Mindel' in São Vicente Crioulo), is a port town on the Cape Verde in the northern part of the island of São Vicente also offering some great excursions. Mindelo is also the seat of the parish of Nossa Senhora da Luz, and this island's municipality. It has a population of about 70,000 inhabitants (50,000 in the mid-1990s) and is the second largest city in Cape Verde after Praia. The town is home to 96% of the entire island's population. The island you can see in the distance is Santo Antao which is truly stunning. You can take Safari day trips around Sao Vicente and on a boat around Santo Antao all from Mindelo. There are also places for shopping and discovering hidden beaches too. 

One of the great annual celebrations in Mindelo is the Carnival held during early February every year. This is when all the locals and many Cape Verdeans from the other islands congregate to celebrate all the different carnival processions that circle the streets. This is a real family time with the childrens carnivals held in the afternoons followed more of the louder bands in the evening.

Geography

Harbor of MindeloThe town is surrounded by mountains. A tan-colored deforested mountain lies to the east, and the smaller Vigia mountain defines the west edge of the town. To the south lies a range of brown deforested mountains Monte Cara, and the Morro Branco peak lies to the northwest. The town is crossed by a river named Ribeira Julião. A little lower is another urban sprawl named Lazareto which is much smaller and touches the lower parts of the Monte Cara.

Mindelo's deep-water port, Porto Grande, is connected to Mindelo Bay, an underwater volcanic crater, and is used for cruise ships and other commercial traffic. The Ilhéu dos Pássaros, an islet at the entry of the Porto Grande, is 82 m above sea level and has a lighthouse. There is a ferry boat named Mar d'Canal that goes from Mindelo to Santo Antão and back twice a day, carrying up to 450 passengers and about a hundred cars and trucks.

History

There was a coal station in Mindelo during the times of steam navigation by the British. Mindelo is a cosmopolitan city. The Randall coal company was established at the shipping routes of Europe, South Africa, India, Australia and Africa and South America. In the beginning of 1875, the firm named Cory Brothers plummeted coal prices which increased the number of ships to 669 per year in 1879. When more ports were built in Dakar, Senegal and in the Canary Islands, the number of ships declined but increased to serve about 2,000 ships per year in the 20th century. In 1952, the coal camps were eliminated as boats switched to diesel. In 1885, Mindelo was the switching station for the first Trans-Atlantic telegraph cable. In 1912, Mindelo became an important cable station in the world. Mindelo became the cultural capital of the Portuguese-speaking country/state along with the Lusophone capital in 2003. Mindelo is also considered as the cultural capital of Cape Verde.

Economy

Its economy consists mainly of business, fishing, shipping, boating and more commonly tourism which developed more recently. Mindelo has several over 36 restaurants and 12 tourist agencies and some great hotels including:

Hotel 'Residencial Beleza'
Hotel Porto Grande
Mindel Hotel
Aparthotel Avenida
Residencial Chez Loutcha
Residencial Novo Horizonte
Residencial Sodade
Residencial Chave d'Ouro
Residencial Maravilha