Santo Antao's mountains in fog
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Where Are the Cape Verde Islands?

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.

Batuku: Dance

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.

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