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The Cape Verde islands are a destination with a difference, a distinctive blend of European and African cultures whose unique hospitality is encapsulated in the Creole word morabeza. These magical islands are soaring in popularity, with property construction, flights and international arrivals rocketing. British and Irish second-home investors are discovering the potential of these beautiful, burgeoning islands and this sixth edition provides practical details on purchasing property, exploring the spectacular landscape and travelling between islands. From the long stretches of shimmering, sandy beaches of Boavista to the lush green peaks and valleys of Santo Antao, Cape Verde has something for everybody.
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Introduction ix PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION 1 Chapter 1 Background Information 3 Geography and climate 3, Natural history and conservation 5, History 10, Government and politics 27, Economy 28, People 32, Language 36, Religion 36, Education 37, Culture 37 Chapter 2 P ractical Information 48 When to visit 48, Highlights 48, Suggested itineraries 53, Tour operators 54, Red tape 55, Getting there and away 57, Health 60, Safety 67, Focus on specific groups 68, What to take 69, Money 70, Budgeting 71, Getting around 71, Accommodation 76, Eating and drinking 77, Public holidays and festivals 79, Shopping 80, Arts and entertainment 80, Media and communications 81, Cultural etiquette 82, Travelling positively 83, Living and Working in Cape Verde 85, Investing in Cape Verde 88 PART TWO THE GUIDE 93 Chapter 3 Sal 94 Highlights 94, Lowlights 95, Background information 95, Getting there and away 99, Getting around 102, Where to stay and eat 103, Activities 103, Espargos 110, Santa Maria das Dores 112, Other places to visit 126, Hikes 130 Chapter 4 Boavista 132 Highlights and lowlights 132, Background information 133, Getting there and away 140, Getting around 141, Where to stay and eat 142, Activities 142, Sal Rei 147, Other places to visit 154, Hikes 159 Chapter 5 Santiago 162 Highlights and lowlights 163, Background information 163, Getting there and away 165, Getting around 167, Where to stay and eat 167, Activities 168, Praia 170, Cidade Velha 179, Sao Domingos 184, Assomada 185, Serra Malagueta 188, Tarrafal 189, Other places to visit 191, Hikes 193 Chapter 6 Maio 200 Highlights and lowlights 200, Background information 201, Getting there and away 204, Getting around 204, Where to stay 205, Activities 205, Cidade de Porto Ingles (Vila do Maio) 206, Other places to visit 212 Chapter 7 Fogo 215 Highlights and lowlights 215, Background information 216, Getting there and away 220, Getting around 221, Where to stay and eat 221, Activities 222, Sao Filipe 223, Cha das Caldeiras 229, Mosteiros 233, Other places to visit 234, Hikes 234 Chapter 8 Brava 239 Highlights and lowlights 239, Background information 240, Getting there and away 243, Getting around 244, Where to stay 244, Activities 244, Furna 244, Vila Nova Sintra 245, Faja d'Agua 248, Other places to visit 249, Drives 250, Hikes 251 Chapter 9 Sao Vicente 260 Highlights and lowlights 260, Background information 261, Getting there and away 265, Getting around 266, Where to stay and eat 266, Activities 266, Mindelo 269, Other places to visit 278 Chapter 10 Santo Antao 283 Highlights and lowlights 283, Background information 285, Getting there and away 287, Getting around 288, Where to stay 289, Activities 289, The East 290, The West 305, Hikes 308 Chapter 11 Sao Nicolau 319 Highlights and lowlights 319, Background information 321, Getting there and away 324, Getting around 325, Where to stay 326, Activities 326, Ribeira Brava 328, Around Ribeira Brava 331, Tarrafal 331, North of Tarrafal 333, South of Ribeira Brava 334, The East 335, Hikes 338, Raso and Branco 341 Appendix 1 Language 343 Appendix 2 Further Information 352 Index 357

About the Author

Murray Stewart enjoyed a previous life as a senior manager with the insolvency arm of a major international firm of accountants, before giving it up in 2009. Since then, he has indulged his twin passions for writing and travel, living in and writing about North Cyprus, France and Galicia. He has recently worked in Santander, recovering 11 million euros of debt on behalf of a UK bank, volunteered at the London Olympics, taught English, translated from French and Spanish and assisted on the National Census. He speaks French, Spanish, German and some 'learned-in-a-hurry' Portuguese. He will be based in Cape Verde for two months while updating the new edition.

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'Packed full of practical information, this guide is a must if you are planning a trip to Cape Verde' Wild Travel

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