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Cape Verde

Cape Verde
Cape Verde can be described as an unspoilt paradise. The archipelago with golden sandy beaches sinking into azure coloured waters offers some truly spectacular natural phenomena to admire. Boa Vista, Cape Verde's most eastern island, translates as "Beautiful View" and when you first glance at the beaches, you will see how suitable this name truly is since it is a picture perfect island. The island is surrounded by 55 kilometers of spectacular coastline, where rocky bays merge into white sandy coves.  Boa Vista successfully caters for many kinds of holiday-makers is characterised by a fantastic and healing climate with an increasing number of foreign investors who are investing in the islands in various real estate projects. Boa Vista is experiencing increased tourism taking place, allowing for new job opportunities in the labor market. Cape Verde has become an alternative to the Canary Islands and its popularity is growing day by day.
 
These islands, about 400 miles off the coast of Senegal, have only recently come out of ambiguity. But in some circles the Cape Verde islands are starting to create a real stir and people are starting to realise its potential for lucrative investments and real estate opportunities. The ten islands, one of which is Boa Vista, offers some of the worlds most breath taking beaches, not to mention warm pleasant temperatures all year round.

The name of the country stems from the nearby Cap-Vert, on the Senegalese coast. In 1444 Portuguese explorers had named that landmark as Cabo Verde, a few years before they discovered the islands (Verde is Portuguese for "green").

Before the arrival of Europeans, the Cape Verde Islands were uninhabited. The islands of the Cape Verde archipelago were discovered by Genoese and Portuguese navigators around 1456. According to Portuguese official records, the first discoveries were made by Genoa-born António de Noli, who was afterwards appointed governor of Cape Verde by
Portuguese King Afonso V.

When Christopher Columbus arrived at the island of Boa Vista, Cape Verde in 1498, he was not that impressed. The great explorer had at this point already discovered the new world 6 years earlier and was in comparison with that great discovery, not that impressed by landing on a lot of volcanic rock 300 miles from the coast of Senegal.This did not create that much of a thrill for the world-known and acknowledged explorer. Today, Boa Vista lures with lavish resorts, inviting beaches, warm climate and summer all year round.

Boa Vista's Viana Desert is a vast landscape of whispering palms and swirling sand but with temperatures not falling below 24C, these islands are often described as the new Caribbean or Canary Islands. The number of tourists is rising fast due to their many amazing beaches and blue warm waters. The number of tourists has increased by approximately 15% annually in recent years - and Lonely Planet has placed Cape Verde in the list of top 10 countries to visit. The main attraction is of course its beaches. Boa Vista has 55 km of them, all pristine with completely clear, blue water and white beaches, just like from a magazine.

With its square lines, clear plains and sharp oases, the island of Boa Vista looks like it is a portion of the Sahara dessert, that has somehow fled from Africa and fled to the middle of the Atlantic. The island offers some of the most amazing beaches, with exceptionally good windsurfing conditions, the beautiful little town of Sal Rei and an ever increasing number of resorts and hotels welcoming the increasing number of visitors.

Santa Monica Beach in Boa Vista is one of Cape Verde's wonders. It is a breathtaking beach with wonderful colors, reaching more than 22 km in the southwest of the island and that attracts most of the tourism, but despite the many excursions and the ever-increasing number of visitors, its dimensions allow every visitor to feel like  they are being in the middle of the unspoilt countryside. The waves of the Atlantic are often strong, and powerful, much more so than in Sal-Rei, and many parts of the coast offer the perfect place for experienced surfers. The waves often look very magnificent and is rather extraordinary.

Despite the scanty vegetation you can always see many various bird species that looking for food where the water is lower, and in the springtime it is possible to also see humpback whales.

The local architecture of Sal Rei adds a splash of color to the landscape and is a reminder of the island's colonial past.
 
Fishing is still an important local trade and is very important for the economy of the island's capital, Sal Rei.

When you wander around Sal Rei, the capital and the only city on Boa Vista, you get an impression of Cape Verde's unique culture that is a combination of Africa and Portugal. Cape Verde became independent from Portugal in 1975.
 
Cape Verde's economy has been steadily rising since the late 90's and has a lot of trade with Portugal. The currency in Cape Verde is called escudo but it is also possible to pay by euro everywhere. The islands only port is located  in Sal Rei, where there is also a fish market where the locals speak in 'Crioulo' or Creole, although the official language is Portuguese. Fishing, together with agriculture, is one of the few traditional industries that has survived, but the construction sector and jobs in tourism are rising due to the increased efforts in these areas. The future target for Cape Verde is 3 million tourists in 2030. Today it is approximately1 million tourists per year.
 
The country is peaceful and the locals are friendly, welcoming and laid back - a common phrase or saying is "no stress."