Public transportation in these islands consists mainly of minivans known locally as “hiaces” (which are supposed to hold 15 passengers). However, minivan drivers often make efforts to fit in more passengers when it suits them. Such minivans are popularly used simply because cars and gasoline are both expensive in this country, making them beyond the […]
Torre de Belem (Mindelo, São Vicente) – this is a replica of the same tower in Portugal (located within the fish market area of this town). Under Portuguese rule, this building acted as the harbor master’s office for Mindelo port. Nowadays, the space within the tower’s lobby is occasionally used for photo exhibits.
Sé Catedral (Cidade Velha, Santiago) – this cathedral, completed in 1693, had a short life, since it was destroyed by French pirate Jacques Cassard when he raided this island in 1712. As a result, just a few of the old walls remain.
São Vicente (island) – this is another of Cape Verde’s barren islands. Its gem is the natural harbor that became the island capital of Mindelo. Mindelo is considered the cultural center of Cape Verde (complete with a lively café culture and decent restaurants). The beachside “Baia das Gatas Music Festival” is held here every August.
São Nicolau (island) – this island contrasts between the picturesque town of Ribeira Brava on the western part (with its colonial architecture and colorful fertile gardens), and the eastern part, whose settlements are more impoverished and barren (reinforced by a ridge of stony mountains and volcanic craters). That side of the island also has numerous […]
São Filipe (town / Fogo island) – this is the main town on this island, located on the southwestern part of Fogo island, where its airport is also located. With a number of Portuguese colonial structures still found here, Fogo’s volcano is the main attraction here (drawing in a number of eco-tourists who are also […]
Santo Antão (island) – unlike some of the other Cape Verdean islands, this one is mountainous with contrasting landscapes. Travelers trekking through this island are like to go from the dry and barren capital (Porto Novo) up to the lush farmed crater of Cova do Paul in the center of the island with its pine […]
Sal (island) – this is the first island that has seen tourism development in Cape Verde. Initially a barren island better-known for its salt industry, this island (and its international airport) now boasts many beachside resorts that cater to European tourists. Adventure tourists are attracted to Sal’s windsurfing, especially at Ponta Preta (with various international […]
Palácio do Povo (Rua Franz Fanon, Mindelo, São Vicente) – this 19th century building was once the Palácio do Governador (Governor’s Palace) whose architectural style is reminiscent of buildings in Goa, India. Its current name translates into “Palace of the People” (in keeping with the socialist government that ruled Cape Verde upon independence from Portugal […]
Nossa Senhora do Rosário Church (Rua Banana, Cidade Velha, Santiago) –this is the oldest colonial church in the world – built in 1493. This building was built in Manueline Gothic style, it was austere and simple, both outside and inside. This church was also used for the burial of local noblemen. This church is still […]