Property for sale in Sao Vicente, Cape Verde
Everywhere has its own bohemia, and in the Cape Verde archipelago it is the enchanting island of Sao Vicente. Traditionally, this is where Cape Verdean artists, writers, intellectuals and musicians have gathered from across the island group, citing the cosmopolitan atmosphere and strong cultural identity of Sao Vicente as greatly conducive to producing great work in their respective fields. And it is a fact that all of the great names in Cape Verdean music, at least, hail from the island; this is a destination where music plays a big part in the in the lives of its people.
Sao Vicente loves to party, and so there are regular festivals and carnivals all through the year, all pulsating with traditional Cape Verdean sounds. February and August in particular are extremely lively: the 3-day, 3-night Baia das Gatas August festival has become an event of international repute, and the Mindelo Carnival (usually staged around Ash Wednesday) has drawn comparisons with the Rio Carnival and the New Orleans Mardi Gras for colour, passion and intensity. But even on the average night in the bars of Sao Vicente, the air is full of intoxicating, fiery rhythm; joyous melodies and melodramatic balladry.
There are some beautiful beaches on Sao Vicente, especially at Baia das Gatas and San Pedro: the latter is huge, offering one of the world’s acknowledged best locations for windsurfing, while Baia das Gatas is blessed with an idyllic lagoon naturally separated from the sea by volcanic rock formations. They both make for the perfect locations at which to relax after heady nights at Sao Vicente nightspots!
In visiting Sao Vicente, a highly recommended excursion is to take a ferry from the island capital of Mindelo to the neighbouring island of Santa Antao – a passage of around an hour to the port of Porto Novo. The incredible mountain scenery is an unmissable Cape Verde experience, whether or not you intend to hike some of the dramatic trails or just take photographs. A good option is to stay overnight in Ribeira Grande before returning to Sao Vicente, as the journey through the stunning mountains alone is reason enough to make the trip.
Sao Vicente is just one flavour of the many available on the Cape Verde archipelago - a destination that is as exciting as it is relaxing, and as fascinating as it is beautiful. Cape Verde is suddenly in the full glare of the overseas property investment spotlight as a territory with enormous potential. This is very much an emerging market, with Cape Verde property prices currently extremely low. Property in Cape Verde is of the highest quality, and there are many new developments in construction all over the archipelago.
You may have been considering purchasing a property overseas with the intention of permanent relocation or retirement, perhaps as a holiday home or with rental in mind: Cape Verde is certainly a market that you should seriously think about in this respect. With prices at a fraction of those in certain parts of Europe and further afield, purchasing property for sale in Cape Verde seems a very wise investment indeed.
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