General Informations:

The Cape Verde Islands were uninhabited when first discovered  by explorers commissioned by the Portuguese Crown in 15th century. Once discovered, these islands were used as a stop for supplying stocks and supplies for the busy transatlantic shipping routes and during the period. It also served as one of the major centres around the African continent for the slave trade. It is this history that fused African, Portuguese, English and French cultures which now gives the Cape Verde islands their distinct and vibrant cultural heritage.

It was in 1975, that the Cape Verdean people were given Independence from Portugal, and after a period of a one-party government, the first multi-party elections were held in 1990.

With the country's main economic drivers now firmly identified as tourism and the service sectors, the Cape Verdean Government has big plans for the archipelago in the years to come. The islands have been recognized internationally as a country for growth - the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has rated the Cape Verdean economy as "solid" and the World Bank recently announced that Cape Verde was the Best Managed African Economy of the Year (2005)

Localization:

Cape Verde is off the Western Africa Coast, about 450km from Senegal and is only five and a half hours from the UK and approximately six hours from Ireland - half the time it takes to get from Northern Europe to the Caribbean! There are currently direct flights from France, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany and Scandinavia.

Direct flights from Gatwick and Manchester to Sal commenced in November 2006, making your next holiday destination that much closer to get too and with no jet lag since Cape Verde is only GMT minus 1. Ireland is set to launch similar flights this Christmas.

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City Carrier Schedule Surface and People:

The archipelago has a surface area of 4,033 km2 and about 434,325 thousand inhabitants. It has a mixed, friendly population.

Language:

The official language is the Portuguese, but the most spoken is the crioulo, a mixture between old Portuguese and old African languages.

Climate:

Cape Verde has a hot and dry tropical climate. On the mountain islands, summer can often be foggy and evenings are even chilly in highlands.

Average Temperatures:

· Air: Winter 22º C ; Summer 27º C. The highest temperatures don’t go beyond 35º C in summer.
· Water: Winter 20º C ; Summer around 25º C


 

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