Cape Verde (or Cabo Verde) is an archipelago a few hundred miles off the West African coast. Many people visit to enjoy its spectacular beaches, especially on the islands of Boa Vista, where the sand dunes stretch for miles and miles, and Sal, famed for its watersports. Others are lured here by the spectacular mountains of Santo Antão or Santiago. Each of the 10 islands is very different and unique but if you visit any of the islands you will see influences from Africa and Portugal as well as South America.
The island’s cultural capital is said to be in Mindelo on the island São Vicente, once home to the barefoot diva, Cesaria Evora, the islands most famous singer. A few years ago I spent a Sunday afternoon there, wandering through the back streets, photographing the people and the wonderful architecture, a reminder of its colonial past. Everyone I met was happy to be photographed as they went about their daily life. As you can probably tell it’s a very laid back place.
Travel With Kat posts on Cape Verde
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