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If it is true that Cape Verde is a destination that enchants with its natural riches, it is no less true that this land is made up of history and culture. African and European legacies blend here, making the destination even more captivating.

Nôs Heransa di Kultura di Cabo Verde ta um tesôru valioso ki fla sobri nos raiz i identidadi. El ta manifesta na nos múzika, kantiga, dansa, gastronomia, artesanatu i mais. É un património ku nu ta prezerva i partilha ku orgulhu pa geraçon futuru - Our Cape Verde Cultural Heritage is a valuable treasure that speaks of our roots and identity. It is expressed through our music, songs, dance, gastronomy, craftsmanship, and more. It is a heritage that we preserve and proudly share with future generations.

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Island of Santo Antão: culture with touches of art

Blue and vast sea, rocks embedded in the horizon, and lush valleys mark the wonderful landscape of Santo Antão island. But there is much more to discover beyond natural beauty.

Monuments

  • Fort São João Baptista
  • Houses of the Islands

Churches

  • Church of Our Lady of the Rosary

Urban Art

Crafts

  • Basketry
  • Woodworking
  • Weaving

Traditions

-Carnival
-Saint John's Day celebration
-Morna music

Source Instituto do Património Cultural

Island of Santo Antão: culture with touches of art

Island of São Vicente: "Land of peace, land of joy"

São Vicente boasts a strong cultural heritage that deserves to be celebrated.

Monuments

  • Diogo Gomes Monument
  • Palace of the People.
  • Fortim do Rei

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Churches

  • Nossa Senhora da Luz Church
  • Cathedral Nossa Senhora da Luz
  • São Francisco Church
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Urban Art

Urban art has been gaining prominence on the streets of São Vicente.

Handicrafts

Embroidery, ceramics and crafts.

Traditions

  • Baía das Gatas Festival
  • Saint John's Day

Source A Nação

Island of São Vicente: "Land of peace, land of joy"

Santa Luzia Island

As an uninhabited island, cultural activities are non-existent.

Santa Luzia Island

Island of São Nicolau: Sodade / Dess nha terra São Nicolau

São Nicolau is synonymous with resilient people, legends and beliefs, and stories told under a hot sun.

Monuments

  • Casa da Dona Chiquinha (House of Dona Chiquinha)
  • Fortim de São Francisco (Fortress of São Francisco)
  • Former Tarrafal Concentration Camp

Churches

  • Matriz Church of Our Lady of the Conception
  • Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary

Urban Art

  • Nhu Txada d'Santanton Festival

Handicrafts

  • Weaving, ceramics, embroidery and wooden musical instruments.

Traditions

  • Morna Festival
  • Nha Santa Catarina Festival.

Source Agenda Cultural

Island of São Nicolau: Sodade / Dess nha terra São Nicolau

Ilha do Sal is living heritage

Known for its white sandy beaches, Ilha do Sal is also rich in culture.

Monuments

  • African Diaspora Monument

Churches

  • Church of Santa Maria
  • Church of São Francisco de Assis
  • Church of Nossa Senhora da Graça
  • Chapel of Santa Catarina
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Urban Art

  • On Ilha do Sal, urban art explores the Cape Verdean culture and history and can be admired predominantly in Santa Maria, Espargo, and Kite Beach.

Crafts

  • Craftsmen use a variety of materials such as shells, straw, wood, and fabric to create unique pieces.

Traditions

  • The traditions on Ilha do Sal revolve around music which is an integral part of the island's culture.
Ilha do Sal is living heritage

Boa Vista Island: Traditions that span through time

Boa Vista is an island with a rich and diverse cultural history.

Monuments

  • Fort of São João Baptista
  • Morro Negro Lighthouse
  • Cabral Statue

Churches

  • Our Lady of the Conception Church
  • Saint Anthony's Church
  • São João Baptista Church
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Handicrafts

  • Ceramic pieces, embroidered items, and hand-carved wooden objects.

Traditions

  • Traditional dances like morna, coladeira, and funaná are some of the highlights of the island.
Boa Vista Island: Traditions that span through time

Maio Island: A piece of paradise

Warm, peaceful and protected. That's how Maio Island is described, a small piece of paradise in the middle of the Atlantic.

Monuments

  • Maio Lighthouse
  • House of Culture

Churches

  • Church of Our Lady of Light
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Handicrafts

  • Basketry and wood sculptures and weaving.

Traditions

  • Religious festivals
  • Carnival

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Maio Island: A piece of paradise

Island of Santiago

Giant mountains, verdant valleys, and colonial marks fill the island with unique contrasts. A true bastion of African culture where memories persist.

Monuments

  • Royal Fort of São Filipe
  • Convent of São Francisco
  • Praia Lighthouse
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Churches

  • Cathedral of Our Lady of Grace
  • Church of Our Lady of Light
  • Church of Our Lady of the Conception

Urban Art

Inspired by Cape Verdean culture and social themes.

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Handicrafts

Many materials are used to construct unique pieces that reflect the history and culture of the people.

Traditions

Morna music, food, and carnival are all highlights.

Source A Nação

Island of Santiago

Ilha do Fogo: The home of the volcano is steeped in traditions.

Despite its rugged appearance, Ilha do Fogo is a living repository of culture and art.

Monuments

  • São Filipe Municipal Museum
  • Old Town of São Filipe

Churches

  • Nossa Senhora do Socorro Church
  • São Lourenço Church
  • Santo António Church
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Street Art

  • On Ilha do Fogo, street art is on the rise and vibrant, colorful murals can be seen throughout the island.

Source Inforpress
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Handicrafts

  • Pottery, jewelry-making, and wooden sculptures are popular handicrafts on the island.

Traditions

  • Festival de São Filipe
  • Traditional dances

Source Esquina do Tempo

Ilha do Fogo: The home of the volcano is steeped in traditions.

Ilha Brava: Capital of vibrant flowers and colors

Brava is a place filled with charm and hidden treasures. It's also a land of unique flavors and strong traditions.

Monuments

  • Dona Amélia Lighthouse
  • Eugénio Tavares' House

Churches

  • Nossa Senhora do Monte Church
  • São João Baptista Church
  • São Pedro Chapel

Handicrafts

  • Basketry and weaving using palm tree and banana straw.

Traditions

  • There is a strong musical tradition on the island, as well as religious celebrations during Easter Week and Christmas.

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Ilha Brava: Capital of vibrant flowers and colors

Rich and Colorful Cuisine

Creole cuisine is rich, colorful, and extremely diverse. Fish is one of the most common ingredients used, along with aromatic herbs, spices, and corn. Some of the most typical dishes and delicacies include:

  • Cachupa: made with meat or fish, stewed beans and corn served with cooked vegetables, potatoes, and boiled bananas.
  • Sweated Lobster: lobster is a highly utilized ingredient in Cape Verdean cuisine. With a strong taste of garlic, lemon zest and a hint of spice it's one of the most sought-after delicacies.
  • Modje: fried or grilled fish with spicy onions and tomato sauce.
  • Fried Moray Eel: breaded moray eel that's truly delicious.
  • Xerém: creamed ground corn that's served as an accompaniment to fish or meat dishes.
  • Fish Pasties: savory pastry filled with fish cooked in onion, garlic tomato sauce enriched by fragrant herbs.
  • Cassava Fritters with Honey Syrup: traditional cassava fritters fried then coated in honey syrup for added sweetness.
  • Traditional Beverages: The pontche stands out - a fruit-based or honey drink mixed into grogue (a high alcohol content sugar cane distillate).

Overall this cuisine offers unique flavors you won't find anywhere else!

Rich and Colorful Cuisine
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Explore Cabo Verde

Sun and beach, mountain trails, landscapes of a nature that so easily springs up everywhere and a wealth of customs and traditions that does not translate into any price: Cabo Verde is a paradise that rests by the sea.

With the morabeza of the people and the magic that is only found in Islands of sun and sea, this archipelago is a universe of experiences to discover.

Flavors, smells and colors permeate memories and here you can feel the warm breeze on the skin and the sweetness of life.

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Getting to know a new country is synonymous with new adventures. Each country is a country. It is a different culture, with its own laws, customs, tastes and peculiarities distinct from any other part of the world.

Preparing your trip in advance can save you some challenges.

Here you can find the most frequent questions of travelers and some tips so that you can get to know the country smoothly.

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