‘Africa’

The clay furnaces on the beach of Chave in Cape Verde

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Boa Vista is the setting for some of the best beaches in the world, among them the Praia de Chave. The crystal-clear waters wash its golden sands that are extended to the desert dunes on the island. This is an idyllic place to disconnect and relax and has excellent conditions for water sports such as windsurf, kitesurf, snorkeling, diving and fishing.   Near the beach there are partially covered ruins of which only a brick chimney rises up, attesting to a glorious past. These are the clay furnaces of Chave. Ceramics was a salient activity on the island of Boa…

Cape Verde, where every island is worth a trip on its own

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  The islands of Cape Verde off the coast of Senegal are each worth a trip on their own due to the variety of natural or urban landscapes you can find. Cape Verde is a destination for everyone because you can choose to ‘do nothing’ or ‘do everything’ and enjoy yourself either way. The Cape Verde Archipelago is made up by many different islands: Ilha de Santo Antão, Ilha de São Vicente, Ilha de São Nicolau, Ilha do Sal, Ilha de Boavista, Ilha do Maio, Ilha de Santiago, Ilha do Fogo and Ilha da Brava.  In the 18th and 19th…

Cidade Velha, a strategic point for trade with the Americas

The town of Ribera Grande, known today as Cidade Velha [Old City], was the first town to be founded in the Cape Verde archipelago, in 1462 by Antônio de Noli. Its strategic location made it a mandatory port of call for travels to the New World, including the third voyage of Christopher Columbus to the Americas in 1498 and the voyage of Vasco de Gama to India in 1497. It was not long before it became a hub for the slave trade issuing from Guinea Bassau and Sierra Leone. Less than a century after its foundation it had grown to…

Boavista, miles upon miles of beaches just for you.

The archipelago of Cape Verde, located off the coast of Senegal in Africa, is made up by ten islands. There is no way to justify the name, because there is no cape and there is not much green to be found on any of the islands, with a few notable exceptions. Boavista is the biggest island of the archipelago and was discovered by the Portuguese in 1460 and initially named São Cristóvão. Later, following over 150 years of oblivion, the island began to be known as Boa Vista, because it was apparently a ‘good sight’ for sailors lost in the…

Boavista, the island of turtles and white dunes

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Cape Verde is an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean that thanks to its climate, beaches and landscapes is becoming a first rate tourist destination. Boavista is the largest island of the Cape Verde archipelago, off the coast of Senegal. It is one of the Windward Islands. The never-ending virgin beaches are an infinite succession of white sand dunes, with coconut and palm trees to make a perfect postcard. This is the perfect island if you want to indulge in the isolation of the beach and the ocean. There is so much sand that you will never have to compete with…

Fogo. Home of the Volcano

In 1680 a violent volcano eruption left a visible summit in the Atlantic Ocean and it gave its name to an island formerly known as São Filipe. Thus was born the myth of Fogo, an island in the Cape Verde archipelago, in the Sotavento group of islands, with an altitude of nearly 3,000 m above sea level, culminating in the Pico do Fogo. The near entirety of the island is made up by this active volcano, the latest eruption taking place in 2014. The volcano’s caldera measures 9 km across and it has walls that are 1 km high. The…

The sea and the mountains as allies

Cape Verde is one of those destinations in which tourist activity is still developing. Thus, travelers will always feel as if they are in an unexplored location, where traditions remain strong and the locals know how to make guests feel like just another member of the family around the table. But that doesn’t mean you have time for boredom to set in. On the contrary, there are a great number of activities to be experienced, particularly those related to the sea. One of them is diving. The temperature of the water in Cape Verde is perfect for swimming: 23 ºC…

Exploring Cape Verde

Cape Verde is a paradise full of contrasts, where unspoiled beaches mix with others of white-sand, beautiful cliffs with plains and where at times volcanoes appear to emerge from the abyss to show all of their beauty. On these islands you will enjoy a world of possibilities while you experience an unforgettable trip; you will enjoy activities such as diving, hiking, fishing, windsurfing and simply going to the beach to the full. Taking a quick tour of the different island, we must highlight that on the small island of Sal the most picturesque site of interest is the crater of…

Cape Verde, a spectacular mixture

Cape Verde is neither a cape nor verde (green). It consists of ten brown-colored islands in the mid-Atlantic, close to the African coast, with a surface area of a little over four thousand square kilometers and real paradise to be discovered. The absence of mass tourism and a climate which oscillates between 20ºC in winter and 24ºC in summer are two of its main attractions. And if you add to that the friendliness of its people, its magnificent natural settings and its incredible beaches, you will see that the destination is an absolute pleasure for tourists interested in human and…

The sensual rhythm of Cape Verde

Cape Verde is a paradise waiting to be discovered. Of volcanic origin and caressed by trade winds, its coasts remain unspoiled and its beaches immaculate. The island of Boa Vista, perhaps the most beautiful of them all, is a genuine haven of peace in which you can encounter an experience in pure harmony with nature, contemplating large cetaceans, watching first hand as the great sea turtles lay their eggs or simply cooling off in the most crystal-clear waters on the planet. But Cape Verde also possesses its own culture and traditions which are well worth looking at. If you travel…