Work to re-pave the main street in Santa Maria on the island of Sal is now underway. When work is complete the new paving will be a great improvement and it is understood that the street will become a pedestrian zone. The new paving includes symbols associated with the island, such as turtles and sailing boats. This also enables bars and restaurants in the street to have more tables and chairs outside adding to the lively scene in the town.
A tender will be launched shortly for the construction of a new Mindelo cruise terminal. Mindelo is on the island of São Vicente, which is in the west of Cape Verde. It is hoped that the work will commence in 2019 and a budget of €30m has been identified for the project. Jorge Mauricio, the chairman of Enapor – Portos de Cabo Verde made this announcement recently.
It is anticipated that this will help Cape Verde to improve its service cruise ships and passengers. At present those that call into Cape Verde tend to be the smaller ships. Furthermore, the existing facilities are rather basic, so cruise passengers will have a more pleasant experience in future.