Cape Verde, one of the most developed countries in Africa is an archipelago consisting of 10 islands and several islets. The islands are divided into two groups:
- Barlavento (the northern parts) - Santo Antao, Sao Vicente, Sao Nicolau, Sal, Santa Luzia, and Boa Vista.
- Sotavento (the southern parts) – Maio, Santiago, Fogo, and Brava
Although close to the Sahara desert, it has a beautiful weather all year round. The south experiences more rain and is warmer while the north is drier and cooler.
The largest island is Santiago, and this is where the capital city, Praia is located. The country houses a population of a little over 500,000 who are majorly Christians. The official language is Portuguese, however, locals speak a mix of Cape Verdean Creole.
The Cape Verdean culture is a mix of Europe and Africa with unique elements. A dance and music genre called morna is unique to Cape Verdeans. There are a range of activities one can engage in to enjoy the Cape Verde experience:
- You can hike the Fogo mountain
- Engage in water sports
- Bike on sand dunes
- Attend festivals such as Sao Vicente carnival, Sao Vicente Baia Gates festival, Gamboa music festival in Santiago.
Situated close to the sea, their diet is largely based on seafood, cachupa a popular delicacy is a stew made of the staple, corn, beans, and fish.
Casual and light clothing and a jacket for cool evenings is recommended. Cape Verdeans are polite and friendly. Getting around in the country should not be a hassle. Ferry services exist for inter-island travel; yachts are also available. Taxis and buses are also easy ways of commute. There’s plenty to see in Cape Verde, some of the places of interest are:
- Santa Maria Beach, a white sand beach located on Sal island
- Monte Gordo National Park
- Pedra de Lume, salt mines in Sal island where you can float on water
- Pico de Fogo, an active volcano on Fogo