Country - Cape Verde
Cape Verde Country Information
Cape Verde is a horse-shoe shaped cluster of ten volcanic islands lying to the west of North Africa. Praia is the capital and the largest city of the island nation and Portuguese is the main official language. No trace of human existence was found in the islands till the 15th century when the islands caught the sight of Portuguese explorers and made eventually the first European settlements. The islands were suitable for slave trade, marked by privateers and pirates and flourished in the next two centuries economically. The 19th century witnessed the end of slavery resulting in deterioration of economy and frequent bouts of exodus of the residents in search of livelihood. Today Cape Verde is an independent country which gained freedom from Portugal since 1975. As per the estimates of 2011, the Human Development Index of the country was recorded at a medium range of 0.568 and the GDP (PPP) per capita in 2013 stood at $4313.47. Notwithstanding the lack of natural resources, Cape Verde has been hailed as the second African country for its consistent developmental growth since 1994 after Botswana.
The climate of Cape Verde is featured by high temperature range from 33 to 40 ºC and the average range is from 26 to 28ºC. The geographical location of the islands has made the country the transit point between Latin American countries and Nordic nations.
The lack of natural resources in the islands has made the country focus on developing the service industry and tourism. Since Cape Verde is a group of tiny islands, tourists have plenty of scope to bask in sunlight wherever they are in the country. Absence of too many people on the seashore makes bathing in sea waters even more personal. Without overcrowdedness, visiting places tend to look more spacious and wider than would otherwise seem. Among many beaches that are seen everywhere in the country, Santa Maria beach on Sal, Praia de Chavis and Santa Monica both on Boa Vista are more popular. Sauntering on the streets of Santa Maria domestic area is a chance to view the quasi-European design of household. Hiking on a dead or even on a dormant volcano is one of the several activities adventurists prefer to embark in the country.
Horseback riding along the shores of Boa Vista seems a shade luxurious compared to hyperactive adventures like kite-surfing. Watching the surroundings in the beaches comfortably perched in the saddle of slow-walking horses gives a temporary phase of ecstasy. An extended version of luxury in the same note is quad-biking. The motor bikes fitted with four jumbo tyres which look like open-top mini jeeps come in handy for people to ride on them comfortably (without having to worry much about balancing unlike in the case of two-wheeled bikes) and the trips are certainly soul-gratifying to parade around sandy esplanades.
Snorkelling in the sea waters will give you a chance to dive along with sea turtles forgetting temporarily about your birth as a human being and you can ape the underwater movements of turtles gliding along with them as if you turned yourself into one.
The trip to Cape Verde is not complete without a visit to the erstwhile glory of the salt dunes which had been once upon a time in the colonial rule the source for export of salt to Brazil and west Africa. The depleting deposits of salt too have become an eye-glaring vastness of white natural salt. Sightseeing in Cape Verde is worth the effort if the overseas tourists are more inclined to enjoy water sports and seaside sunrise/sunset.