(mudar para Portugues) Everybody knows more or less how a Grand Tour of Europe would look like. A person visiting the Old World would probably start in the great cities of London or Paris, make a side trip to the canals of Amsterdam, passing Brussels on the way to check out the EU capital. He or she would then travel up the Rhine, passing Cologne and the romantic castles further up. Going further south from there our visitor would cross the Alps and descend into Italy probably visiting Venice, then on to Pisa, Florence and finally Rome. If he would have plenty of time he or she might jump over the Greece, to visit ancient legendary sites and Athens. Going up again through Italy, the French Riviera is a must as is Barcelona on the Spanish side of the border. Further south again are Madrid and Seville. Those would be more or less the highlights of Europe, though one could think of plenty alternatives of course. Our visitor might skip Scandinavia, Ireland, Portugal and Easter Europe and leave something for later. You can’t have it all!
Let’s do this exercise with Cape Verde. This small nation of 500.000 people in fact is spread out over a large area consisting of 9 inhabited islands and a lot of Atlantic ocean. Though inter-island connections are relatively well organised, it takes some effort to visit more than one island.
What should a first time visitor get to see? Or where should anybody who hasn’t been to the country for a long time go? The country is changing fast and the island structure makes it hard to catch up on developments if you are visiting just one or two islands. You could of course simply visit them all, but not everybody will.
We hope you enjoy this trip, worth around three weeks of holidaying. We have shown four different islands, each with a unique landscape, culture, style, economy and future. We are sure that you will find in Cape Verde something that is to your liking.
And, these three weeks are not enough! It’s not just that we are sure you will be back, there are also half a dozen islands we haven’t even discussed yet. We have only shown the highlights and the most accessible places. But just like with a Grand Tour of Europe, you cannot see or “do” it all. So on a next visit to Cape Verde our visitor can choose to go back to one or more of the islands we have just described and stay there a bit longer for a more in depth visit. Or our visitor can come back for a round of “new” islands. That’s why we have added a short tour of marvelous Boa Vista, set to be another major tourist hub in Cape Verde.
So do the Grand Tour of Cape Verde with us and read about these fantastic islands:
In future editions we want to show you Fogo, the volcanic Fire Island, with its homegrown and excellent wines, fruits and coffee as well as old colonial towns. We want to show you cute little Brava next door, São Nicolau (good for trekking and one of the cradles of Capeverdean culture) and Maio with its endless sandy beaches…
So we will be back just like you!
2nd Edition January 2012, 3rd Edition July 9th 2012, 4th Edition (Boa Vista) September 3rd 2012.
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