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Sao Vicente Island second largest island of the archipelago

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Cape Verde Sao Vicente Island

Sao Vicente Island provides beaches for soaking up the guaranteed sunshine, water conditions that are perfect for wind surfing, eighteen hole course for golfers and beautiful old towns and villages

Sao Vicente Island

The temperature in Sao Vicente Island is constant throughout the year ranging from twenty-five to thirty degrees. November to July is dry and windy while August to October is the rainy season.

Sao Vicente Island Cape Verde is by far the most fastly growing area on the island. A beauiful place for anyone to purchase a home or just to buy for Investment purposes and to rent out.

Sao Vicente Island

The next largest city in the Cape Verde after is Mindelo and also Praia in Santiago is extremely popular. There are churches, post offices, Banks, a good variety of shops, and also a Hospital actually on the island.

The ability of very large ships to come into port has aided the development of the infrastructure and the economy.

There is an adequate supply of water and electricity.on sao vicente Island

Only 11% of Sao Vicente’s inhabitants own a car, so travel is mostly achieved on foot or by bicycle. People in Cape Verde are generally friendly and it is customary in Sao Vicente to offer a lift to those that need it.

The island is connected by three main roads. They join the towns of Baia das Gatas, Sao Pedro, Calhau and Madeiral with Mindelo. More tarmac roads are being built every year to replace the cobbled streets.

Sao Vicente Island

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Sao Vicente Island

Sao Vicente Island

Sao Vicente Island or Sanvicente in Crioulo, is one of the Barlavento islands of the Cape Verde. Sao Vicente Island is located between the islands of Santo Antão and Sao Nicolau.

There is an airport on Sao Vicente and it is located in the southwest.

The Sao Vicente Island Airport……

Sao Vicente Island

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Sao Vicente Island

The Sao Vicente’s population is around 50,000 of which most are housed in its main town of Mindelo. Sao Vicente is mainly dry, so has adapted its main industries to fishing and tourism.

Sao vicente Island Cafe

Sao Vicente Island

Beach Bar

Sao Vicente Island is known for the Baia das Gatas Music Festival. The terrain of Sao Vicente includes mountains to the west, the southwest, the south, the east-central and the north.

Of course Sao Vicente is volcanic in origin, however it is quite flat.

Sao Vicente’s tallest peak is Monte Verde, which can be found in the northeast with an altitude of 774 metres. Sao Vicente’s capital city Mindelo was voted as the Capital of culture of the Portuguese Speaking Countries in 2003.
The sao vicente Island Market

Sao vicente IslandIndoor Market

Sao Vicente Island

The Mercado Municipal (Municipal Market) in Mindelo city.
Another colonial building. It still has a Portuguese coat of arms on the façade.

Population of Sao Vicente in the 2010 census was 76,107 of which 5,639 are rural. It is the second most populous island of Cape Verde.

The annual population growth is around 1.3% (higher than the state (national) level of 1.2%). 92.6% of the population live in urban areas, higher than the Cape Verde’s level of 61.8% and is the highest in all of Cape Verde.

Life expectancy is 70,4 for males and 78 for females, higher than some other parts of the world. The birth rate is 2.7% and infant mortality rate is 21 per 1000 live births (for comparison 103 in DR Congo, 55 in India, 27 in Turkey, 23 in Brazil, 16 in Russia, 4 in Finland).

The majority of the population are young; 66% of the population are under the age of 30, and 8.6% of the population are over the age of 60. The island has 16,000 families, of which there are an average of 3,6 persons per household, lower than Cape Verde’s level of 3,9 persons per household. 56% of the families live in houses, the other 30% live in poorly-built houses.

About only 11% of the families own automobiles, which is 7.4% of Cape Verde’s level.

Population of Sao Vicente, Cape Verde (1940—2010)
1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010
15,848 19,576 20,705 31,578 41,594 51,277 67,163 76,107

Sao Vicente Island’s Nightlife

Nightlife on sao vicente is fairly low-key. Mindelo has some lively bars and clubs but it is not known as a party capital unless, that is, you visit during the colourful February carnival or the August music festival. At such times it becomes very lively indeed.

Evenings can be spent in the large number of restaurants around the bay watching the sun descending into the ocean.

About sao vicente Island

The surface area of Santo Antão is 779Km2. It is the second largest island of the archipelago and is rather like a trapezoid in shape.

Along the middle of the island, a mountain range runs from northeast to southeast and ends at Tope da Coroa, a relatively recent volcanic peak with an altitude of 1979m. Other peaks are Pico da Cruz (1814m) to the northeast and Guido do Cavaleiro (1811m) to the southeast.

30 MINUTES | Driving São Vicente (Cape Verde) on a Motorbike | 2020 |

4K UltraHD World Trip travel footage of my Motorbike Tour around the Stunning Island of Sao Vicente (Cape Verde), including driving through the beautiful capital and port city Mindelo

There are still some signs of Santo Antão`s volcanic past. The crater named Cova, for example, is very well preserved. Due to the effects of erosion, the streams are deep and the peaks are very sharp and steep.

With the combination of a rugged interior and picturesque coastlines, Santo Antao is visually very interesting and charming.

Climate in sao vicente Island:
The climate is dry in the south, cool in the central region (at an Altitude of 1000m) and humid in the northeast region.

Quite naturally, the vegetation varies dramatically between regions. The high zones are covered with trees like the eucalyptus, the cypress, and the pine-tree. The south, in total contrast, is arid with herbaceous vegetation.

In the north, parts have been worn away by the northeast winds and the rough seas, forming some superb beaches such as Praia Formosa.

History about Sao Vicente Island:
Diogo Afonso discovered the island of Santo Antão on the 17th of January in 1462. Colonialization began in 1548. In the 19th century, roads were built linking Ponta do Sol to Ribera Grande and Porto Novo, and it was from here that the island`s goods were first shipped out.

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This is the first comprehensive field guide dealing exclusively with the birds of this spectacular region.

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Over 450 species are illustrated with full details of all the plumages and major races likely to be encountered.

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