The Island of São Vicente:
Mindelo, Part I – Warm up
I visited only couple of towns in São Vicente, which is dominated by Mindelo – perky, cosmopolitan and pretty.
Mindelo is most lively city in Cape Verde by a mile. They party hard in Mindelo so get ready to party hard. On the other hand if you aren’t partying type you’d find Mindelo refreshingly normal with nice restaurants, good hotels, normal variety of services, full of happy people and easy on the eye. If you doing some serious travelling, Mindelo would be your natural break from that serious travelling.
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Island of Fire.
Pico do Fogo is the largest volcano on Cape Verde and most tourists come here to climb it. Climbing Pico do Fogo is the whole day proposition which takes anywhere from 6-8 hours. Fogo volcano can be seen from almost anywhere on the island as well as from neighbouring islands of Santiago and Brava.
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1. Praia Santiago
From a tourist perspective, Praia of Santiago, Cape Verde’s capital, there is little to look at. Better restaurants are in the mall called Praia Shopping and along Palmarejo Baixo but better music is next to Hotel Santa Maria which is right on Rua 5 de Julho, a pedestrian only street in the center of town. I sampled some restaurants on that street too but in each one I found food rather mundane. Music though… to die for.
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There is little doubt that Cape Verde is a great place to meet women. If you like them black or mullato Cape Verdean women are absolutely beautiful. In many ways Cape Verde reminds me of Dominican Republic. It’s just richer (like much richer) as to sightseeing, activities and cultural diversity and much more innocent attitude-wise. Although one must say that the attitude (and even looks) change a bit (and price more than a bit) from island to island.
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My second night in Santa Maria Sal Cape Verde and it was already obvious to me not much point in hitting the bars until after 10pm with midnight probably being prime time. After 10pm most of the family bellies would be full and their children falling asleep.
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My second day in Santa Maria Sal Cape Verde began with a walk along the beach hoping to find a place that did a quality cooked English breakfast, just a simple monger who enjoys life’s simple pleasures.
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It was winter and fancied a week off with some sun. Flying from Europe and the UK, Canary Islands are popular in the winter including Tenerife as is Agadir in Morocco, but decided on the island of Sal in Cape Verde, so the islands of Cape Verde off the west African coast was where I was heading.
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My first trip to São Vicente Island city of Mindelo Cape Verde August 2008
Took a flight from Lisbon to Sal Island because at Mindelo in 2008 does not exist international flights (nowadays already exists.) Made to wait at Sal that was to be for two hours but it take about four hours ( you have to be prepared for the bad service of TACV air company of Cape Verde).
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