There are lots of interesting and attractive plants to be found in Cape Verde. This picture, was taken on the island of Santiago. There are the familiar plants such as bougainvillea, but many others that are far less common in Europe. If you are interested in plants, there is a lot to find here, especially on some of the more mountainous islands, such as Santiago, Brava and Santo Antão, where slightly more rainfall encourages a more diverse range of plants.
Fishing is a major source of food and employment in Cape Verde. The fishing boats go our early most mornings and then return during the morning. Here, on the island of Maio, you can see them returning and then go to the beach and buy the fresh fish. the colourful boats also look very attractive on the main beach in Vila do Maio (also known as Porto Inglês. The catch will often include tuna, wahoo and grouper.
Many visitors to Cape Verde will have been to the islands of Sal or Boa Vista and discovered that there are areas of desert, especially on Boa Vista. However, this photograph, taken on Santo Antão demonstrates that there are also lush green hillsides in this small country, which is only 1850km from the equator. Cape Verde has a variety of landscapes, so something for everyone.
This is the view from Stella Maris, on the island of Maio. The picture was taken during a couple of days of rough seas. The views from Stella Maris are lovely, either looking west over the Atlantic towards the island of Santiago, or looking east along the coast of the island, as in this picture.
Fishing is a major source of food in Cape Verde. Here the fishermen are hauling in their nets on the main beach (Bitxe Rotxa) in Vila do Maio. Fresh fish can usually be bought from the fishermen or are available in local restaurants.
The main beach (Bitxe Rotxa) in Vila do Maio is a lovely place to enjoy the sun and sea, with bars on the beach where you can eat and drink. The colourful boats are evidence of one of the main trades, namely fishing. Fresh fish can be purchased every day.
This attractive staircase is worth stopping to admire. Many houses do not have gardens and this person has made the most of the external space that they have.
Beaches abound in Cape Verde, and many are often almost deserted. This one is accessible from within Stella Maris village in Vila do Maio on the island of Maio. The small beach is usually deserted and therefore it is a lovely, secluded spot to enjoy the beautiful weather and take a refreshing dip in the sea. It is also possible to walk around the rocks below Stella Maris.
This happy scene was taken on the main beach (Bitxe Rotxa) in Vila do Maio on the lovely island of Maio, Cape Verde. This was one of the occasions when the beautiful beach wasn’t almost deserted!