The Government of Cape Verde has announced that visitors from Europe and the United Kingdom will not need to purchase a visa for visiting Cape Verde from May 2018. The inclusion of the UK in this exemption was not certain because of the Brexit vote. This is good news and may speed up the movement through the airport on arrival.
An apartment in Tropical Resort on the island of Sal provides an excellent base for your holiday. The apartment is only 300m from the beautiful beach of Santa Maria and only a short walk from the town centre. The garden is beautifully laid out and the free-form swimming pool is an attractive feature.
Many visitors to Cape Verde will have been to the islands of Sal or Boa Vista and discovered that there are areas of desert, especially on Boa Vista. However, this photograph, taken on Santo Antão demonstrates that there are also lush green hillsides in this small country, which is only 1850km from the equator. Cape Verde has a variety of landscapes, so something for everyone.
This is the view from Stella Maris, on the island of Maio. The picture was taken during a couple of days of rough seas. The views from Stella Maris are lovely, either looking west over the Atlantic towards the island of Santiago, or looking east along the coast of the island, as in this picture.
Cape Verde and China have been in discussions about the possibility of an air transport agreement between the two countries. If such an agreement is formulated it will allow both TACV and China’s Capital Airlines to fly between the two countries.
Luís Filipe Tavares, Foreign Affairs minister has stated that this agreement could be completed by the middle of 2018.
This latest potential agreement between the two counties is just one of several other areas of cooperation, such as defence and port security.
1 November saw the commencement of TUI flights between Amsterdam and Praia on Wednesdays. The flights will add Praia to the Amsterdam schedules that already include Sal and Boa Vista. This addition to the flights into Praia is hoped to improve tourism to Santiago. This island has been largely overlooked by flight and tour operators. But the largest island in Cape Verde has a lot to offer, from the capital city of Praia, the UNESCO world heritage site of Cidade Velha, the lovely town of Tarrafal, and the majestic mountains in the middle of the island.
Fishing is a major source of food in Cape Verde. Here the fishermen are hauling in their nets on the main beach (Bitxe Rotxa) in Vila do Maio. Fresh fish can usually be bought from the fishermen or are available in local restaurants.
Cape Verde chefs recently achieved a Guinness World Record by preparing a large pot of Cachupa. Cachupa is the traditional Cape Verde stew.
The Prime Minister of Cape Verde, Ulisses Correia e Silva was present at the Badja ku Sol festival when the group of chefs made the 14,021 lb (6360kg) pot of stew. The event took place in Praia. The Prime Minister hoped that it would help to promote Cape Verdean food.
In order to make this vast quantity, the chefs used 600kg of corn, 100kg of chicken and 300kg of pork, together with beans and vegetables. The finished product was sampled by more than 30,000 people, each having a small bowl.
Adjudicators were on hand to confirm that the record had been broken.