Picture of the week (No.12): Holidays in Cape Verde.
Each week (actually about 3 times a month), Willgoto selects here a nice picture. Holidays in Cape Verde are the theme of the 12th picture of this series. This time, exceptionally, two pictures have been selected: a beach in Boa Vista and a mountain village in Santo Antão. The Islands that make up the archipelago of Cape Verde are indeed very different from each other.
Beach of Boa Vista in Cape Verde. Pictured above is the Santa Monica Beach that is situated in the south of the island of Boa Vista. It's an almost virgin, white sand beach, without tourist infrastructure. It is accessible only in 4 x 4 or by quad. The island of Boa Vista has more than 50 km of sandy beaches.
Mountain village in Santo Antão in Cape Verde. Pictured above is the mountain village of Fontainhas in the northeast of the island of Santo Antão. It is probably the most picturesque village in Cape Verde. It lies on the hiking trail between Ponta do Sol and Cruzinha da Garça.
The country. The archipelago of Cape Verde is located about 600 km from the coast of Senegal and Mauritania. It consists of 10 Islands and several islets. According to their position to the trade winds, they are the Barlavento (windward) Islands in the north of the archipelago (from west to east: Santo Antão, São Vicente, Santa Luzia, São Nicolau, Sal, and Boa Vista) and the Sotavento (leeward) Islands in the south of the archipelago (from west to east: Brava, Fogo, Santiago and Maio).
All these islands have a volcanic origin. While some of them have become flat and sandy as a result of erosion, the others remain very rugged. In Fogo, the volcano culminates at 2829 m above sea level. It is still active. Its recent eruptions date back from 1951, 1995 and 2014.
Cape Verde is a former Portuguese colony. It has been an independent country since 1975. Santiago is the largest (991 km²) island. It is home to about half of the population of the whole archipelago. Praia, the capital of the country, is located in the south of the island of Santiago.
Tourism. Tourism in Cape Verde is growing. The archipelago is a year-round vacation destination. Daytime temperatures usually range around 25 °C, with only slight variations depending on the season and location. Rains are rare and take place almost exclusively during the hottest season, namely in August and September.
Sal and Boa Vista are the two main destinations for beach holidays in Cape Verde. Both are flat and sandy islands which offer beautiful beaches of fine sand and a wide range of accommodations, including major all-inclusive resorts offering all the facilities you may want. In addition to rest and relaxation on the beach or around swimming pools as well as the visit of some attractions, holidaymakers find here nice opportunities of water sports such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, diving, fishing and boat trips.
In Sal, the tourist area is concentrating on the resort town of Santa Maria and surroundings in the south of the island. In Boa Vista, it is mainly situated on the long beach of Chave a few kilometers away from Sal Rei on the east coast of the island.
Other islands like Santo Antão, Fogo, Brava and São Nicolau are mountainous islands that attract hikers and other nature lovers. Hiking opportunities are varied and numerous. Accommodations are generally smaller hotels or bed and breakfasts. The landscapes are often fabulous.
In addition to some opportunities of beach and hiking holidays, São Vicente and Santiago have their own features, namely historical heritage. In addition, Mindelo in the island of São Vicente is considered to be the cultural capital of the archipelago. The world fame of Cesaria Evora, who was born and started her career in São Vicente, has largely contributed to make Cape Verde and its music known in the whole world.
With regard to flights from Europe, Boa Vista and Sal are connected with many European cities by regular or seasonal flights and Santiago with Lisbon. Most of the other islands have an airport and are accessible by domestic flights mainly from Sal and Santiago. Brava and Santo Antão are, however, accessible only by boat, Brava mainly from Fogo and Santo Antão from São Vicente.
You may want also to see these other nice pictures from Cape Verde:
The author of the photos. All above photos belong to Willgoto. Here you will find all our pictures from Cape Verde.
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Picture of the week 5: World heritage in Cambodia. The temple of Banteay Srei, better known as 'Citadel of the women', in Cambodia is a jewel of Khmer art and a world heritage site.
Picture of the week 6: Bull shark and tiger shark. Both sharks are unfortunately known for fatal attacks on humans. However, experienced divers can approach them and swim with them.
Picture of the week 7: Firewalking in Mauritius. Walking barefoot over a bed of hot embers is an ancestral religious practice.
Picture of the week 8: The flower carpet of the Grand Place in Brussels. This carpet made up of about a million cut flowers is a tourist attraction that takes place every two years.
Picture of the week 9: Giant oceanic manta rays. Video and pictures. The giant oceanic manta ray is a particularly impressive ray that can be up to 7 meters wide and weigh up to two tons.
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