We sit in the Atlantic Ocean 570km off the coast of West Africa
We are a group of 10 islands and the nearest country to us is Senegal.
We are known for the strong winds that blow onto the island.
Kitesurfing is very popular here as the conditions are pretty much perfect all year!
We have the 3rd largest population of nesting Loggerhead turtles.
We are also home to 5 other species of turtle, including the Leatherback and Hawksbill.
Cape Verde is 570km off the coast of Senegal in West Africa and is made up of 10 islands, all with a very different feel. The almost moon-like landscape of Sal seems an unusual choice for the main tourist island but the miles of sandy beaches, colourful town of Santa Maria and the Terra Boa lake mirage makes it an intriguing place to visit. The main language spoken in Cape Verde is Portguese as the islands were ruled by Portugal until 1975, althrough Creole is often spoken in conversation and gives the islands a distinctly African feel. Positioned in the Atlantic Ocean Cape Verde has influences from many countries due to its position on transatlantic and european trade routes. Nowadays the islands are enjoying a boom in visitors who come to experience everything from kitesurfing and watersports to paddling with lemon sharks, floating in salt lakes (watch out for small cuts though as they sting!!) and helping the endangered turtle population. Despite few natural resources and being cut off from the mainland, Cape Verde is seen as a big success story in Africa as it is stable, developing responsabily and managing the growth of tourism, which the island relies on. If you get a chance to visit, look beyond the big hotels that call Cape Verde home and explore further afield as you'll discover just what these fascinating islands have to offer - you won't be disappointed!
Thank you so much to Aldir Duarte from Nos Kaza in Sal for gathering together all of the work that the children have done. It's been great to read all about them.
Currency: Cape Verdean Escudo
£1.00 / $1.00 or whatever you can manage
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