The Praia is the capital city of Cape Verde and is located on the southern end of the island of Santiago. The main shopping area is on a raised outcrop in the centre of the city which is known as Plateau. Plateau is the main shopping area. Here there is a pleasant tree lined pedestrian street, with cafes and restaurants. Praia is gradually being smartened up now has a pleasant town centre shopping area. There is also a seafront with more restaurants and bars. The city is also home to a port and an international airport.
Work has recently started on a large photovoltaic installation on the island of Sal in Cape Verde. This is part of the Cape Verdean government’s aim to supply all of the country’s energy from renewable sources. Águas de Ponta Preta (APP) is constructing this new solar farm at Ponta Preta.
The new installation will supply 2.03 GWh/year, consequently it will reduce the reliance on fossil fuels by 10%. The solar farm will comprise 3,480 panels and will cost €2.03m. Through an agreement with CERMI – The Centre for Renewable Energy and Industrial maintenance – 8 students are involved in the assembly and operational stages.
Cape Verde has almost unlimited sun therefore the use of this free resource to provide electricity is an obvious one for this country.
Children on the island of Maio are happy and playful. They have few, if any of the elaborate toys that many European children have, but they have lovely beaches, quiet streets and lovely weather. In Maio they are particularly friendly and even though many visitors may have a language barrier, it is still possible to communicate in some limited way. These four in Vila do Maio (Porto Inglês) enjoyed being photographed.
The volcano caldera is not to be missed if you visit Fogo island. The landscape is intriguing and you can clearly see the lava flow from the last eruption in 2014. The tallest peak is Pico do Fogo, seen in this photograph. Hiring a car and driving though the caldera to the beginning of the park at the far end is a very worth while experience. Expect rough tracks, not smooth roads. There is a modern hotel offering attractive rooms, nice food and optional massage. A different, very informal restaurant and accommodation built out of blocks of lava is well worth a visit (booking in advance if necessary). The chef cooks on an open fire and creates delicious food.
This coming week forecasts superb weather in Cape Verde. Unbroken sunshine and daytime temperatures ranging between 26C and 28C and 17C or 18C at night are expected.
If you would like to get some sunshine with guaranteed high temperatures which not consider a last break to this lovely, diverse country. The seas will also be warm and accommodation is a little cheaper now, as we are entering the low season. Rainfall in Cape Verde is very small and does not normally occur before August. What could be better than a reasonably priced holiday and yet excellent weather?
For more information on the weather in Cape Verde see our weather page.
There is currently a Cape Verdean Parliamentary Delegation visiting the island of Maio for three days of meetings and visits. A number of subjects will be covered including ecology. The delegation will also be entertained with musical events on both Monday and Tuesday evenings. The entertainment being provided by local bands and also Tibau Tavares.
On Wednesday there will be a meeting looking at matters of ecology within Cape Verde. This meeting will consider issues surrounding water and agriculture together with other environmental issues. This could be an important initiative in a country that already has grand plans in terms of green energy. If Cape Verde can address other issues such as recycling and dealing with waste, it would be a good move.
Recently Olavo Correia the Cape Verdean Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance announced that in 2019/2020 the country’s water and electric company, Electra, is to be privatised. The announcement followed a visit to Electra’s premises. A number of potential organisations have already expressed interest. However, the next step is to prepare an appropriate model for the privatisation.
Achieving a reduction in fossil fuels
The intention is to devise a model that promotes the country’s plans to produce the whole of the countries electricity from renewable sources. Cape Verde currently produces 20% of its electricity from renewables; however the aim to improve that percentage considerably. Cape Verde is already at the top of the African countries for producing and using renewable energy. The Government will develop a model geared to reducing the country’s reliance on fossil fuels.
The two islands of Brava and Fogo are quite close together. To get to Brava (known as the garden island) you need to fly to Fogo and then take the ferry. There is no airport on Brava. The main town on Brava is Nova Sintra, which is one of the most attractive towns in Cape Verde. The micro climate on the island makes it ideal for flora. The gardens are lovely with an abundance of lovely plants and flowers. One of the main attractions on Brava is Faja d’Agua. This is a tiny village nestling by the sea and only reached by a mountain road.
Three of the smallest African countries – Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and São Tomé & Príncipe – are on target to witness growth in their economies in 2018 that well exceeds the average for sub-Saharan Africa. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has published these findings.
Of these three countries São Tomé & Príncipe is expected to see an increase to about 5%. Guinea Bissau is expected to match the same growth as last year, namely 5.5%. Cape Verde is looking at 4.3% this year, although it may slow down slightly next year.
The common language of Portuguese connects these three small countries.
Of the other Portuguese speaking African countries, Angola is likely to show the lowest growth of only 2.2%. Overall the World Bank considers that the recovery in sub-Saharan Africa is too slow. So it is good to learn that amongst the best achievers is Cape Verde.
Many of the roads in Cape Verde are finished with small granite setts or cobbles. These are painstakingly cut to shape by hand and consequently some of the roads take a long time to build. It must be a very hard and tiring job to shape these stones in the heat of the day. Unlike typical cobbled streets in Europe, these roads are comparatively smooth, because the granite is shaped to provide a flat surface. This photograph was taken on the mountain road between Porto Novo and Ribeira Grande on the island of Santo Antão.