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Sao Vicente

Voices and volcanic mountains characterise Sao Vicente, the most sophisticated island of the Cape Verde archipelago. It is the home of Cape Verde's most famous singer, Cesária Évora, renowned as the 'barefoot diva'.

The port city of Mindelo is the cultural capital of Cape Verde, and is home over 90% of the population of Santo Antao, as well as a number of interesting markets, a few beautiful colonial-style government buildings, and restaurants serving delicious local cuisine like catchupa stew. Mindelo has lively nightlife all year long, but truly comes alive each March for Carnaval, one of the biggest parties in Cape Verde.

The island boasts beautiful beaches, too, particularly the Baia das Gatas lagoon that has been formed by volcanic activity, and the long, sandy stretch of Sao Pedro beach, sought out by windsurfers.

Information & Facts

Language

The official language is Portuguese and a patois known as Crioulo.

Money

The unit of currency is the Cape Verdean Escudo (CVE), broken down into 100 centavos. As this is a local currency it cannot be obtained before arrival and cannot be reconverted outside of Cape Verde. There is a bureau de change at the airport, and local banks will change travellers cheques and foreign currency, although there is a high commission on travellers cheques. ATMs can be found at the airport and in Sal, Praia and Sâo Vincent. Major credit cards, particularly MasterCard and Visa are currently accepted in a few main resort hotels and restaurants. Banks will give cash on credit cards but commissions are high.

Time

Local time is GMT -1.

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