Cape Verde
Escape from daily routine to paradise with clean water and all year long sunshine
Geography

The Cape Verde Islands are located between 14 and 17° northern latitude and 22 and 25° western longitude in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean at the height of Senegal. The total area of the archipelago covers 4,033 square kilometres. The archipelago is divided into the Barlavento (Windward) group to the north and the Sotavento (Leeward) group to the south. The Barlavento Islands include Santo Antão, São Vicente, Santa Luzia (which is uninhabited), São Nicolau, Sal, and Boa Vista, together with the islets of Raso and Branco. The Sotavento Islands include Maio, Santiago, Fogo, and Brava and the three islands called the Rombos—Grande, Luís Carneiro, and Cima. 

History

The uninhabited islands were discovered and colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century; Cabo Verde subsequently became a trading centre for African slaves and later an important coaling and resupply stop for whaling and transatlantic shipping. The fusing of European and various African cultural traditions is reflected in Cabo Verde’s Crioulo language, music, and pano textiles. Following independence in 1975, and a tentative interest in unification with Guinea-Bissau, a one-party system was established and maintained until multi-party elections were held in 1990. Cabo Verde continues to sustain one of Africa's most stable democratic governments.

Stability

Cape Verde is an independent, democratic country. With excellent political stability and successful diplomatic relationships with other countries. It has a clear and progressive government with a long-term plan to develop tourism and fishing export. The government understands that is vital to attracting overseas investments to build the country. Although at the same time they have a law stating that overdevelopment is not allowed. Meaning that is not allowed to develop more projects that there is a demand. Furthermore, the warm countries climate and welcoming culture are widely recognized as "safe heaven" destination. Making it a trusted choice among global tour operators.

Climate

Cape Verde offers year-round sun, which means consistent year-round occupancy. Temperatures are steady at 25-28 degrees Celsius. Very stable climate - No hurricanes, rainy season, earthquakes.

 

Demand

Cape Verde's demand is increasing every year. Since 2000 the tourism in Cape Verde has grown by 115%.  It is a sunshine beach destination and always will be globally popular. Also every year there is more flights and operators directly flying to Cape Verde. Right now there are 32 direct flights around the world to Cape Verde, including London, Lisbon and Rome. Furthermore, the islands were voted as the number 1 place to visit in 2018 worldwide by CNN Travel. Moreover, Cape Verde has the most significant increase in Google searches in last 12 years, over 3000% uplift, the study made by Global Travel Search Index. 

Festivals

In addition to the carnival (cf. Carnival), there are many other celebrations on Cape Verde. The Cape Verdeans like to have very exuberant celebrations with beautiful clothing, large quantities of good food, many friends and family and, of course, plenty of music, singing and dancing. Above all, the city or island festivals are celebrated on the respective name day of the saint for which it was named. Then there is a traditional procession in honour of the patron saint; people celebrate on the city plazas with stalls, games of chance and music – all of the residents from neighbouring islands are invited and come in large numbers. Of course, the classic festivals such as Christmas, Easter or New Year are also on the calendar of festivals. Private celebrations are birthdays, weddings, baptisms and communions - the classic festivals that are too familiar in Europe. However, there is a small difference here: The Cape Verdeans enjoy combining the parties of several families and often celebrate for days on end. For example, some children are baptised at the same time, and the entire city is usually on the “invitation list.“ However, unknown guests are also welcome and encouraged to participate.

 

The Cape Verdeans really love to celebrate. Their festivals support the sense of unity among the people and give them new courage and confidence for their everyday lives.

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