Where Are the Cape Verde Islands?
The Cape Verde islands are an archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean 570 kilometers (340 mi) west of Senegal, Africa. With a combined land area of 4,033km2 they are the fifth largest country by area in Africa.
There are 10 islands and eight ilheus in total, divided into two distinct groups: Barlavento Islands (Windward), consisting of Santo Antao, Sao Vicente, Santa Luzia, Sao Nicolau, Sal, and Boa Vista; Sotavento Islands (Leeward) include Maio, Santiago, Fogo and Brava.
Mountains & Desert
Santo Antao’s mountains are known for their towering peaks reaching up to 2,000 meters, but you’ll also find lush subtropical vegetation on this island. To take a break, visit Ribeira Grande – the capital and largest city on Santo Antao – where vibrant markets offer traditional foods and crafts, while Nossa Senhora do Rosario church offers an oasis of serenity.
Morna: Lyrical Music
Cape Verde’s vibrant musical traditions reflect both European and African influences. The captivating sounds of morna (a capella vocal ensembles) are a signature feature of the country. Enjoy them during a tour around Mindelo or listen to them while driving through Sao Vicente’s countryside.
Cape Verdeans celebrate festivals and religious ceremonies in a unique manner. They dress in costumes that mock colonial society while playing conch shells and drums. You can also witness the iconic batuku dance, which involves one singer/dancer surrounded by an orchestra of call-and-response singers.