Cape Verde Cruises
Protruding from the Atlantic, some 500km west of Africa, the stunning volcanic island chain of Cape Verde has an enchanting mix of verdant mountains, deserted beaches and peaceful seaside villages. Its mixture of African and Portuguese heritage is intoxicating and the locals welcome all visitors with open arms.
The largest of the islands, and the cultural centre of Cape Verde, is Santiago with its lush hillsides, jungle to explore and shipwrecks to discover. This is also where the islands’ hectic capital, Praia, can be found. The colonial old town, busy shopping areas and beautiful beaches are a joy to explore.
Once a former colony and slave trade outpost, the Cape Verde Islands of today offers a spellbinding blend of Creole Portuguese-African culture, architecture and traditional morna music. The local food is a sensation – the national dish of cachupa and a glass of the locally-produced grogue are a must. [ReadMore]
With a pleasant year-round climate, a Cape Verde Island cruise opens up a colourful and diverse world all set to the gentle rhythms of West African music.
The morna is a music and dance genre from Cape Verde. Lyrics are usually in Cape Verdean Creole, and instrumentation often include cavaquinho, clarinet, violin, piano and guitar. Morna is widely considered the national music of Cape Verde.
Grouge is a Cape Verdean alcoholic beverage, an aguardiente made from sugar cane. It’s production is fundamentally artisanal, and nearly all the islands sugarcane is used in the production of grouge. Grouge is produced on San Anto Island, but Mindelo is the main market for San Anto products. It is also the basis of a Cape Verde cocktail known as ‘ponche’, which includes lime and molasses.