Saturday, August 26, 2017

CAPE VERDE - travel guide (for solo female travelers)


I get asked quite often what was my best trip and which is my favorite country that I've travelled bye:myself. How can I answer a question like that? How can I compare let's say Italy to Viet Nam? Well, the pizza is tastier and the language is prettier in Italy. Then again the buddhist temples are bigger and the variety at farmers' markets is more abundant in Viet Nam. Got the point? How could I ever compare? Fortunately I don't have to.
But if someone pointed a gun to my head and made me choose, I would say Cape Verde. Cape Verde with its beauty, charm, and incredible variety is the secret star on my personal globe.


Woman on Fogo Cape Verde bye:myself



The Atoll of Cape Verde consists of 15 islands and countless tiny isles, whereby only nine are inhabited. What's fascinating is the variety of the nine islands. Much to my regret I only visited five of them, and even among these five the difference was amazing! It's as if each one of them stayed for an element - Brava for water, Boa Vista for earth, Fogo for fire...and there's a refreshing wind blowing on all of them.

Cape Verde has a population of about half a million people, and the land area is 4,000 sq km (approx. 1,544 sq mi) dominated by a mild, oceanic climate. It used to be a Portuguese colony so the official language is Portuguese, but people speaks krioulo - which, like many dialects, differs from island to island (you might brush up your Portuguese on babbel). The local currency is the CVE (Escudo de Cabo Verde) (that you can convert e. g. on XE).

SAO TIAGO

BRAVA
FOGO

BOA VISTA
SAL

RATING








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7 comments:

  1. I'm so envious that you've visited Cape Verde. It seems like such a unique place and I hear the beaches are fantastic!

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  2. Cape Verde was one of my best travels ever. Yes, the beaches - especially on Boa Vista, but also on Sal - are unutterable. Gogogo!

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  3. 15 islands and countless tiny isles!! That's a tour you can't get bored!!

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  4. Nope, you don't. And I definitely will be back to see the rest of it, three weeks were far too short. 🌴🌴🌴

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  5. 15 Islands would take sometime to visit any idea how much time a person should allocate to seeing all the islands?

    What was the food like there? Do they have a distinct cuisine style? From experience I have found that islands have a tendency to develop their own regional style and flavours. We would love to know more about what Cape Verde tasted like.

    Thanks for sharing. Keep travel blogging. Adventure is better shared with friends!

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  6. Hi Anthony, like I wrote, only nine islands can be visited (and a tenth one only with a guide if you have a special permission).
    I visited five in three weeks, but spent too much time on the beach in Boa Vista, so I'd say six in three weeks if you do want to appreciate them: three days Sao Tiago, one to two days Brava (no airport, accessible only in good wheather conditions), three days Fogo (or even more...), Boa Vista has great beaches, so it depends on how long you want to hang out on the beach, Sal is the most touristy, but still ok - great beaches here, too, but also other things to see (in one day tour, though). These are the ones I've visited. Sao Vicente is known for its great cultural life, Sao Nicolao and Sao Antao for great hiking - I would schedule three days for the first one and at least two days each for the two latter ones.
    The food was not great. They have this traditional national dish that consists of chicken peas with some stuff, you get it either steamed or fried and it's dull. They have the tendency to boil veggies to death and they don't use much spices.
    Since they are European (mainly from Italy) and African (e. g. from Senegal) expats, you can be lucky to get some better food, but the local food...not good.
    Hope this helps. In case of further questions, just ask away!

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    1. Sorry, forgot Maio: tiny beach-island, no airport neither. I'm not sure if there is a regular ferry service there. Anyway, ferries are prone to be delayed or canceled due to bad weather conditions.

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