There are many reasons to travel to São Vicente – Mindelo. Not only the year round sunshine, the beautifull people, the music, fresh seafood and many celebrations. But also Mindelo is the gateway, the only way in fact, to travel to the wonderous island of Santo Antão.
Mindelo – São Vicente is well known as the cultural capital of the Cape Verde islands. The people on the island live for family, good music,food and dance. The island is in the North West of the archipelago and just opposite of the island of Santo Antão. A short impression of Mindelo – São Vicente in these 12 pictures:
Have you ever heard of Mindelo São Vicente? São Vicente is an island about 950 kilometres west of Senegal and part of the Cabo Verde archipelago. On São Vicente about 80.000 people share a love for music, dance and culture. It is the cultural capital of the Cabo Verde islands and a place you want to put high up your bucket list!
Cape Verde weather has some surprises which are not well known. It harbors some amazing micro climates across the islands. These micro climates cause green hillsides to coexist next to dry desert like planes. Yes, Cape Verde weather is great. It offers year round sunshine, nice temperatures and a dry climate. But there is more to the story than just that…
The local language, along with its history and influences, is also a very important aspect of discovering a new culture. Which is why we chose to give you a few tips about the language spoken in Cape Verde.
The official language of Cape Verde is Portuguese, and while English is spoken in hotels and in some restaurants, it’s Creole that is most commonly used as the locally spoken language. Creole is based on Portuguese with additions from several African and European languages.
There are many different forms of Creole in the world, with various linguistic origins, but Cape Verdean Creole is the oldest still-spoken Creole, and the most widely spoken Portuguese-based form. Although a small archipelago, each of the inhabited islands has developed a Creole dialect of its own. The São Vicente variant is the second most widely spoken Cape Verdean dialect, widely spread on the island but also among the Diaspora.
We believe the best way to travel is to combine a relaxing time with discovering the history and culture of the place you are visiting, to better understand its people and their habits. This is why we decided to dedicate our first blog post to the history of São Vicente, its colonial past and post-colonial development.
São Vicente was discovered and colonised by the Portuguese on the 22nd January, 1462 (Saint Vincent’s feastday). However it remained uninhabited throughout most of the era of the transatlantic slave-trade. In 1795 there was an attempt to occupy the island but without much success due to the lack of water.