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Cape Verde

 

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.

Santiago Island

 

Santiago is the largest island of Cape Verde. The city of Praia is both the capital and the most populated city. Both had extraordinary development since the independence in 1975. One of the oldest settlements is São Domingos at the centre of the island.

 

The island has the International Airport of Praia, located only 3km from the city centre, which receives international flights from Europe, South and North America and from Africa, as well as domestic flights.

Ribeira Grande de Santiago, today known as “Cidade Velha” was the first capital of Cape Verde and is now considered by Unesco to be a World Heritage Site.

 

About 50km north from Praia lies the city of Assomada with its famous Market and the Tabanka Museum. In the north of the island is the town of Tarrafal, with a beach of white sand and palm trees. In the same county is the old field Tarrafal created by the Portuguese Estado Novo to house exiled prisoners.

A variant of Cape Verdean Creole spoken in Santiago receives the popular name of Badiu, a term also used to designate the people born in the island.