The islands of Cape Verde are a gripping blend of Portuguese and African influences. As reflected in the numerous European -style structures dotted across the ever-changing terrain, the exceptional musical styles, as well as the intriguing combination of African plus European traditions and conduct. It is most evident in the food they offer, with various Portuguese foods like fish and other seafood dishes, sausage, olive oil, lemon plus garlic. In contrast to African foods (maize, stews, tropical crops, plus beans) nicely combined to make the majority of menus.
The first impression of several visitors’ to Cape Verde comes in the sombre tunes of Cesaria Evoria, the best-known vocalist on the island. The ‘barefoot diva’ is the best promoter of morna, a lovelorn form of folk music much like Portuguese fado. The leading aspect of life on Cape Verde is music, and many islands stage joyful carnivals, and the Baia das Gatas Festival is the most commonly known of all.
Once a colony and slave trade outpost, Cape Verde varies wildly in character and scenery through its 10 islands and five tiny islets. From spectacular verdant mountain ranges to deserted beaches, with a few volcanic landscapes thrown in for good measure, it’s the variety that makes Cape Verde such an unusual and appealing destination.