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Cape Verde

Cape Verde

About Terra Sab Group

TERRA SAB GROUP is a chain of incoming agencies based in Cape Verde, spread on all its islands, operating for more than 20 years. In 2016 Cape Verde was voted on the International Touristic Exposition ITB in Berlin, as the safest destination in the world. Maybe this is the reason why these still unknown islands are more and more often visited as by individual tourists, or by Tour Operators. In the past 10 years, incoming in this country has been growing from 30.000 visitors to 1.000.000 per year!

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Did you know this fact?

Cape Verde, an archipelago off the coast of West Africa, boasts a unique musical tradition known as morna. Originating from the islands’ blend of African and European influences, morna is characterized by its soulful melodies and poignant lyrics, often expressing themes of longing and nostalgia. Renowned artists like Cesária Évora have brought international recognition to this captivating musical genre, making Cape Verde a cultural gem of the Atlantic.

About Cape Verde

Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) contains of 10 islands 400 km west from Senegal, 9 of them are habited. The most charming on the destination is the diversity of landscape, colours, climate, and traditions. You can find here islands (Sal, Boavista Islands) with charming white beaches, suitable for beach holiday all year long – literally NEVER-ENDING SUMMER you can find here! Besides beach, white sand and 5-stars resorts there are islands with volcanos (on Fogo Island there is still 1 volcano active), mountains and valleys – excellent for trekkers; but still in tropical climate, where the temperature escalate between 23-31 during the day and 17-21 centigrade at night.

The islands of the archipelago integrate into two groups: the Barlavento (from where the wind blows) and the Sotavento (where flows the wind). A jewel among the others is Santo Antão Island where you can find 3 continents on small piece of land in Atlantic. Many people say that this island has something from Iceland, Vietnam, and Brazil. There is landscape called “moon land”, there are water falls, high mountains, endless valleys, sugar-cane farms, plantations of banana, papaya, mango, coco…. And, of course fishing.
The people of Cape Verde islands are a mixture of African and European with approximately 70% of the whole population being mixed race. Portuguese is the official language of the islands and is also used in most written communications, such as newspapers. However, Creole (based on African languages but with additions from several European languages) is often used in conversations and tends to differ from island to island.

Also, you will find a good selection of restaurants in the main towns offering a various selection of local Creole dishes and Portuguese specialities. The sea-food is one of the best aspect of Cape Verde, since as bill-fishing centres, so industry fishing is so rich that fish and sea-food you can get here for “pea-nuts”! And – it’s delicious and tasty; hard to compare with other destinations….

Sal Island

The “no stress” island is one of the smaller, but the archipelago’s most popular island for holidaymakers. A paradise for beach lovers, Sal is home to some of the best kite surf spots in the world. But there is also a lot of history to be discovered, such as some remaining sites of the island’s once booming salt trade. A must see is the Pedra de Lume salt mines, which gave origin to the name of the island (SAL means salt). In these salt lakes one can bath in a lake with a high concentration of salt, that will make you float.

Boavista Island

Home to one of the 7 wonders of Cape Verde, the Viana desert. Boavista is the closest island to the African continent, the reason why it has beaches with finer and whiter sand and many dunes (brought by the wind from the Sahara desert). An island with endless paradisical beaches, Boavista is also a popular spot for Caretta Caretta (sea turtles) to spawn. The island is rich in history and famous for its pottery. It is said that the most important musical style in Cape Verde was born on this island – the so called “morna”.

Maio Island

The easternmost of the Sotavento islands of Cape Verde. Where time seems to stand still, one can find some quite and traditional towns with colourful buildings and the charm of Portuguese lifestyle. The island is renowned for its stunning sandy beaches, a lush forest, and an omnipresent peaceful tranquillity. Maio is not that easy to reach and mainly combined with Santiago island.

Santiago Island

The most African, biggest, and first colonised island of the archipelago. Santiago is the cradle of Cape Verde, home of the countries capital, the city of Praia, and probably the most diverse island in terms of landscape. One can find here the Natural Park of Serra Malagueta with the highest point of the island, the Antónia peak with its 1.394m of altitude. Cidade Velha – the first town and former capital – was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the islands highlights.

Brava Island

The flowers and poetry island is ideal for those seeking for peaceful tranquillity. Although it is the smallest of all populated islands, it is definitely worth a visit. Thanks to its micro-climate, Brava is full of date and coconut palms, oleander bushes, almond trees, bougainvillea and several species of hibiscus. The landscape varies from cliffs, coastline, and nature and one can find here some of the most picturesque towns in Cape Verde. Brava can only be reached by boat from Fogo, ideally for a combination of these two islands.

São Vicente Island

The cultural capital of Cape Verde and certainly the most cosmopolitan island. On this island, one can find tasty food and traditional live music at every corner. It is also known as “Brazilim” – which means “Little Brazil” in Creole – for many reasons, but mainly for its strong tradition of Carnival celebration. São Vicente also surprises with stunning landscapes; from beaches, volcanic areas offering panoramic views, to the incredible “Mindelo Bay”, one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

Santo Antão Island

A unique destination for all lovers of nature and outdoor activities. It is the second largest, most westerly, most remote to the African continent and – although it hasn’t rained since 2016 – the greenest island. It is not just home to the second most beautiful rural village in the world (Fontaínhas) but also the place where the country’s most remarkable cultural and religious event takes place – the Saint John celebrations in June. Santo Antão offers a diversity of activities, such as excursions and discoveries, hiking, mountain biking, canyoning, or paragliding.

São Nicolau Island

One of the Barlavento islands and a mountainous island with stunning scenery, some of the most impressive of the Cape Verdes. Although it appears as a smaller version of its neighbour island Santo Antão, the mountains here are not that high and the gorges not that deep. A perfect place for those seeking for more leisurely hikes. The capital of São Nicolau, Ribeira Brava with its picturesque, colourful houses, lies in the midst of an impressive mountain backdrop. Worth seeing is the so called “blue hole”, a gap in the cliffs with the sea surging below.

Fogo Island

The volcano’s island that is home to an active volcano which last erupted in 2014/2015. Fogo is a paradise for nature lovers and hikers and houses the highest peak of the Cape Verde archipelago (2,829 meters). Unique is the islands combination of volcanic landscape, green agricultural fields, forests, and slopes by the sea. It has one of the most historic cities and colonial architecture in Cape Verde – the city of São Filipe, full of old manor houses. Fogo is known for a strong agricultural culture, mainly wine and coffee, as well as a rich and variety gastronomy with dishes that one can only find on this island.

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