CAPE VERDE

Former Portuguese colony, Cape Verde became independent on July 5, 1975. This archipelago located 500 km of Western Africa is becoming the new destination for Fishing Sport, discovery of a virgin nature, excursion, surfing and diving...



Population : over 400 000 inhabitants, 50% of this population being less than 20 years old, 60% being female. The life expectation is 65 years.



Religion : mainly catholic with some protestant cores.

Langue : Bilingual nation. Portuguese is the official language, but the Creole is the national language; its accent varies from one island to the other. French or English is spoken by a large percentage of the population.



Air Links: direct flights twice a week with the national company TACV, or via Lisbon four times a week with the Portuguese company TAP. The domestic (inter-islands) flights are operated by TACV and by the new company Halcyon Air since July 2008.

Each island is equipped with an airport. The international airport are located in the islands of Sal (named “Aeroporto Internacional Amilcar Cabral”), Praia, and Boa Vista. Another international airport in São Vicente should open in 2009.



Surface: the archipelago is made up of ten islands and eight islets making a total surface of 4.033Km2. Nine of the ten islands are inhabited and one of them, Santa Luzia, is uninhabited. The ten islands are divided in two groups: the Barlavento (Santo Antão, São Vicente, Santa Luzia, São Nicolau, Sal and Boavista) and the Sotavento (Santiago, with more than 100 000 inhabitants in the capital Praia, Maio, Fogo and Brava).



Music : composed of African, Brazilian, Portuguese influences. Styles of music: morna, coladeira, galôpe, san jon, funaná,..

Gastronomy : rich country in traditional dishes of fish and seafood, the cachupa is the national dish.



Drink : local rum called "grogue", the "honey ponche", coffee of Fogo (classified in the 3rd world rank) and ultra-natural wine, red and white, from the island of Fogo, called Manecom.
SÃO VICENTE & MINDELO

Sheltered by the island of Santo Antão, with 227 km2 for 65 000 inhabitants, São Vicente represents the culture in general and is the most cosmopolitan island of the country..



The Mindelo bay has just been classified as one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Mindelo fascinates by the beauty of the colonial houses, the Lisbon street (rua de Lisboa) with its typical bars, the municipal market with its exotic scents, the palace of the governor, the museum of the craft industry, and finally by the charm and the kindness of the inhabitants, result of a great mixture in all latitudes.

Mindelo is the seat of poets and musicians. The music, the dance and the gastronomy are a perfect mixture in the nights of Mindelo where the day and the night are confused under a charming crying guitar, under the sound of a violin or under a melodic and captivating voice.



Let us not forget the famous carnival in February, which fills the streets with people from different origins and the emigrants of different countries. We should also not forget the worldwide known music festival of Baía das Gatas which takes place every year in August, and the international theater festival in September, the Mindelact.

Then... Mindelo is probably the best place to go in Cape Verde: booming city in a booming country. A new marina with over 150 berths just opened and others are projected.



If you can, don't lose the opportunity to discover the very next island of Santo Antão and its mountains and large green valleys. You'll be crazy about the panoramic views, there not so many places like this one in the world...


RÉSIDENCE "ALTO FORTIM"
www.altofortim.com

Located in a part of Mindelo city called Alto Fortim, “Alto Fortim Residential” will grant you with the commodity of having everything you need near you, in about fifteen minutes from the airport and next to a splendorous beach called Laginha.

It is a ten bedrooms residential that will proportionate its customers all the comfort a residential in its category can provide.




10 rooms with:

- double bed
- sofas in the suites
- desk
– bathroom with shower (hot water)
- refrigerator
- bar
- television
– ac

Bar-restaurant with a splendid sea view of the Laginha beach as well as an astonishing view of the island of Santo Antão. "Home Cinema" room with international programs and channels.

Transfer Residential/Harbor - Santo Antão ferry (tickets booking).
Car rental service