Cape Verde is synonymous with rich cuisine, with the traditional Cachupa, the well-known tuna steak, the Xerém, or even the typical Modjo from S. Nicolau.
Cape Verde is the art of Morabeza, which reflects the warm welcome of the people, is the symbol of Sodade, as shown in the voice of Cesaria Evora, and of Cretcheu, the sweet and romantic side of a country.
Cape Verde is a sweet and tender melody like Morna and the hot rhytms of the Funaná.
Cape Verde is also an example of democracy, stability and prosperity. The ex President Pedro Pires won Mo Ibrahim`s award, as a recognition for its record on human rights and good governance. Cape Verde became only the second African country to graduate from the United Nation's least-developed category.
S. Vincente is the second most populated island of Cape Verde. The São Vicente channel separates it from the neighbouring island of Santo Antao. The Airport of São Pedro is located in the south of the city of Mindelo, the main urban center of the island and the second largest city of Cape Verde.
Discovered in 1462 by the Portuguese navigator Diogo Gomes, the island was uninhabited for many years due to lack of water. It was not until 1838, when it was established with a deposit of coal to supply ships crossing the Atlantic ocean, that the population began to set and founded the city of Mindelo. The island became an important stop in the middle of the Atlantic to ships from all around the world. Many sailors with different nationalities socialized in the cafés of Mindelo. By then, the city became an important cultural and cosmopolitan center where music, literature and sport grew fast. From this golden period, the city of Mindelo retains a relatively well-preserved historic center, dominated by colonial-style architecture (an example being the Governor's Palace). The National School Infante Henrique (now Jorge Barbosa School), had enormous importance in the development of the Cape Verdean national consciousness. Amilcar Cabral and the former President Pedro Pires studied there.
Although it is a volcanic island, it is relatively flat, especially the central area, the east area of Calhau and the north area of Baia das Gatas. The island's highest point is Monte Verde. Another high point is Monte Cara - so called because it reminds a human face looking at the sky. Despite the strong erosion there are still very few visible craters of volcanoes, such as the volcano Viana, or the Porto Grande bay. The urban area of Mindelo is located in the Northwest. The white sandy beaches of Baia das Gatas, Calhau and São Pedro are much appreciated for their beauty. The island has in fishing, in tourism and in the exploitation of its busy seaport - the Porto Grande - its main sources of revenue.
S. Vincente has always been considered the cultural capital of Cape Verde. Its nightlife is famous for its bars with live music, where Cesária Évora began her career. Also, Carnival, Baía das Gatas Music Festival, and New Year`s Eve festivities are the most important events of the island.
S. Vincente has a lot of typical dishes, many of them having seafood.
The climate is tropical and the average temperature is 24 °C. In addition to Portuguese, the official language, Cape Verdean Creole is used daily by the majority of the population.