bintercv flight offer

Binter CV offering cheap flights within Cape Verde

If you are planning to travel within Cape Verde between 10 January and 31 March 2018, you may be able to book a flight for as little as 2000CVE (€18) plus taxes. Binter CV are offering this cheaper rate for this limited period. To take advantage of this offer this you need to book before 22 October. The Binter CV website is www.binter.cv

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Exciting ambitious environmental targets

What exciting, ambitious plans! Cape Verde had previously set a target of achieving 50% of the countries power from renewable sources. They have now increased their target to 100% of their energy requirements being from renewables by 2020. What an amazing achievement that will be if they succeed. It will put many more developed countries to shame. Cape Verde has very little in the way of natural resources, and relatively little agricultural land. However, it does have plenty of is sun and wind. Seven years ago the government of Cape Verde set out the benefits of employing solar and wind power. Then they set targets of achieving 25% of the countries requirements by the end of 2011, and 50% by the end of 2020. The government reports that the country already generates 25% of the electricity usage through wind turbines. The government formed CERMI (Centre of Renewable Energy and Industrial Maintenance). It is hoped that this will serve more than just Cape Verde, but also other west African countries.

 

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Kite surfing on Sal Island

As we enter the windy season in Cape Verde, the attraction of these lovely islands increases for the lovers of kite surfing. Kite beach on Sal island is a mecca for kite surfers. This beach has even been renamed because of its popularity for this sport. The wind conditions here are perfect. There is a cafe/bar and instruction and equipment hire is possible. If you are interested in this sport, why not try Cape Verde, excellent conditions with lovely warm weather and beaches to relax on as well as participating in water sports.

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The beach at Ribeira da Prata on Santiago Island

Ribeira da Prata is on the island of Santiago and has a beautiful black beach. The black beach is complemented by the clear blue waters of the Atlantic. This beach is located on the north west of the island, not far from Tarrafal. There is a small cafe by the beach and if you are lucky they will offer you fresh fish caught just a short time before.

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European visitors will no longer need Cape Verde Visas

Visitors from Europe will no longer be required to purchase Cape Verde visas when visiting the country. The Cape Verde government is attempting to boost tourism to the islands.

This exemption is expected to start in 2018. The policies also include the improved management of the airports and increasing the growing of crops for exportation. Tourism is a major part of the Cape Verde economy, but the government is anxious to diversify the economy.

The Prime Minister, Ulisses Correia e Silva made this announcement. He also announced the intention to implement financial measures as a stimulus for investment in the country. Residency incentives are also to be included.

 

 

 

 

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The hills of Fogo island

Fogo is one of the nine inhabited islands which make up Cape Verde. The Fogo hills lead up to the summit of the mountain Pico do Fogo which is almost 3000m above sea level. The caldera or crater is 9km in width, with walls of 1km in height. The volcano erupted last in 2014. The visitor to Cape Verde should include Fogo due to its growing popularity as a holiday destination.

 

 

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Visit Cape Verde – Cape Verde Holidays

Cape Verde – Holiday Destination

Both the Daily Mirror and the Sun newspapers recently featured Cape Verde. The Sun’s headline was ‘That’s Sal Folks – Sharks, sandy beaches, salt mines and all-year-round sun is why Cape Verde is a delightful getaway’. The Daily Mirror’s stated ‘Nestled on the coast of northwest Africa, Cape Verde has long been drawing in tourists thanks to its laidback charm’. Visit Cape Verde and find out why it is becoming a popular destination.

These articles are evidence, if evidence was needed, that Cape Verde is fast becoming a destination of choice. The beaches rivalling those of the Caribbean or the Seychelles.

There is a laid-back character to life in Cape Verde, with glorious weather, clear blue waters and long sandy beaches. The approach to tourism is not sophisticated and it varies from island to island. The repeated phrase you will find in Cape Verde is ‘Cape Verde – No Stress’.

You can take to the sea and see turtles, flying fish, dolphins and whales. At the same time you could also be fishing for tuna, wahoo or blue marlin. The same fresh fish are available in many restaurants or to buy on the beach.

Where is Cape Verde?

So where and what is Cape Verde? The country comprises 10 islands, of which 9 are inhabited. Cape Verde is located approximately 350 miles (560km) off the coast of Senegal in West Africa. Each island has its own character, not only in terms of terrain, but also in respect of tourism and sophistication.

Sal Island

Sal is one of the most popular islands for visitors. This is about a 6 hour flight from the UK and many other cities in Europe. Sal is far enough from Europe to feel exotic and charming, while near enough to make it easy to reach.

The bars of Santa Maria, the main tourist destination on Sal, often have live music and before long people are dancing. Furthermore, the beach in Santa Maria is one of the best in the world, with long expanses of soft white sand and the clear blue waters of the Atlantic.

Visit Cape Verde

You should visit Cape Verde it is a great option for a holiday at any time of the year. You have a choice of islands from the flat, peaceful, relaxed atmosphere on Maio, to the mountainous character of Santo Antão or to the lively town of Santa Maria on Sal.

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Photo of the week – Santo Antão valley

Santo Antão is a mountainous island, with dramatic scenery. Part of the island is dry and arid, the other lush and green, this being due to the climatic conditions. A trip to the Caldera (crater) of the volcano is a must. There is cloud swirling over the edge of the Caldera.

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Photo of the week – Santa Maria beach, Sal island

The lovely beach in Santa Maria on Sal is a great attraction. There are bars and cafes on or close to the beach, but there are also long expanses of beach that are almost deserted. If you walk to the west you will find sand dunes, including one very large one. 

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Photo of the week – Boats on the beach on Maio

The main beach (Bitxe Rotxa) in Vila do Maio is a lovely place to enjoy the sun and sea, with bars on the beach where you can eat and drink. The colourful boats are evidence of one of the main trades, namely fishing. Fresh fish can be purchased every day.