Described by the United Nations in 1975 as not viable, the small Republic knew how to use the assistance of its diaspora and the international community to build its development; in 2007, Cape Verde left the category of the Least Developed Countries to join the one more enviable of Emerging and Developing Economies. At the same time, the country obtained the status of Special Partner near the European Union.
 
The island and the archipelago are located at approximately 500 kilometers off Senegal, in the Atlantic Ocean, one joined them by air from most of European capitals. Former Portuguese colony, Cape Verde is independent since 1975 and is regularly presented like a model of democratic stability, with remarkable and peaceful political alternations.
 
It is also during this period that trade winds move away; from December to July, the winds can sometimes blow rather strong for few days, creating a feeling of freshness in the islands where the temperatures seldom drop below 20°C. 
Kind of tropical dry, the climate in the archipelago is characterized by the weakness of its precipitation, generally concentrated between July and November; they are short sporadic downpours, which are always welcome in this tiny country where agriculture produces only 15% of what is consumed. 
The constant sunshine always ensures a pleasant temperature of sea water, giving rise to surprise and happiness for the visitors come from the European cold.
 
Beaches are numerous on São Vicente; those of São Pedro (near the airport) and Praia Grande (by the foot of two volcanos) are the most beautiful and more easily accessible, when that of Baia das Gatas is one of the most strange, located around a natural swimming pool.

The most popular is undoubtedly the one of Laginha, in the town of Mindelo; with its bars, its bikinis, its caïpirinhas and its capoeira demonstrations, it has a look of Copacobana from the northern hemisphere. 
The major part of the year, the island of São Vicente is arid: some valleys show a kind of lunar or Martian landscapes, one moves on foot or with 4x4 vehicles on reddish ground between large stones of lava pointing out indisputably the volcanic origin of the islands.

After the rain season, the Monte Verde offers from the top of its 774 meters a magnificent view on an island become green.
 
For nothing else in the world the inhabitants would not miss the wonderful Carnaval in February-March, the Month of the Theatre in March, the MindelAct festival in September, without forgetting the very famous festival of Baia das Gatas, a free event attracting every summer since 1984 several tens of thousands of people coming to attend in the open air the performance of cape verdians and foreign artists (Daniela Mercury, Antony B, Kassav, Bonga, Ismaël Lo, Tiken Jah Fakoly, etc).
 
But the town of Mindelo is also a cultural main centre with its museum, its historical area where it is good to stroll, its theatre, its auditorium. Exhibitions, plays, conferences are regularly presented to the public, while demonstrations imperturbably mark the cultural life of the city. 


Apart from a dengue crisis having worried the archipelago in 2009, there is no malaria in Cape Verde; if you prefer to reassure yourselves, do not hesitate to use repulsive sprays to keep off the rare mosquitos visible over some islands (very little on São Vicente).


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Not any vaccines required, except if you come from the African continent. We recommend you during your stay to only drink mineral water sold in bottles of 33, 50 or 100 Cl. 
Practical information

A tourist visa is requested at the entry in Cape Verde, you can apply to the cape verdians consular services in your country or for 25 Euros per person on your arrival at the international airport: however pay attention to specify the duration of your stay, otherwise you would be authorized to stay only one week.
 

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