Described as ‘the new Canary Islands’, this country has a bright future of development and prosperity, particularly within the field of tourism. With experts predicting it to be the next big holiday destination for the UK and Northern European markets, Cape Verde provides excellent opportunities for investors seeking substantial capital growth over the next few years.
The country is rich in natural beauty, history and culture. And, with average temperatures of 25°C all year round, Cape Verde is able to provide its visitors with an excellent range of activities such as windsurfing, hiking, scuba diving and bird watching. Or, for those feeling less energetic – the long, sandy beaches play an excellent host to those simply wishing to bask in the sun
At the cross-road of the three continents that border the Atlantic Ocean lies the Archipelago of Cape Verde. Located approx 450 km off the coast of Senegal, it is composed of 9 islands and 8 islets
Cape Verde is made up of two distinctly different types of islands. Six of the islands, located more to the West, are characterized by their mountainous landscapes, whereas the remaining three are distinguished more by their long sandy beaches
Under the Portuguese Crown the first navigators and explorers landed in Cape Verde in 1460. Two years after its discovery, the islands were colonized and, soon after, Cape Verde developed a largely mestizo population with its own unique culture; influenced by many other countries. Free Europeans and slaves of the African coast intermarried to form their own way of life and their own dialect – the “Creole”. Together these formed the roots of the country’s colourful and diverse culture.
Nowadays, the country is known for its stability and absence of any type of conflict and due to influences of Western culture, the people are predominantly Christian; the majority being Catholic.
One of Cape Verde’s key treasures is the sea. The pure, warm water is home to some of the most diverse maritime fauna in the world. The Islands are regularly visited by migratory species such as tuna, dolphins, whales, sperm whales and killer whales. Lobster, various kinds of crabs and shellfish with magnificent shells exist in perfect harmony with the coral & form a culinary delicacy in the local restaurants and eateries dotted all over the islands
Turtles that are considered an endangered species all over the world, choose the beaches of the islands for laying their eggs. The water is so bright and clear that local fishermen in their brightly painted fishing vessels appear to be “floating on air”.