São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde), is of volcanic origin and is fairly arid, with a number of mountains across the island, some of which are adjacent to the ocean shore

São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde), is of volcanic origin and is fairly arid, with a number of mountains across the island, some of which are adjacent to the ocean shore; here the clouds in the sky give way on the horizon to what appears to be smog, but is actually fine particulate white sand blown across hundreds of miles (kilometers) of ocean from Africa’s Sahara Desert

 

São Vicente is an island of Cape Verde, an archipelago off West Africa.  The northern port of Mindelo is a cultural hub, known for traditional music and colonial architecture like the 1900s Palácio do Povo.  Inland, Parque Natural Monte Verde has trails up the volcanic peak.  Beaches include Mindelo’s Laginha Beach, the shallow lagoon of Baía das Gatas and São Pedro, with strong wind and surf.

 

A small fishing boat which used to be the mainstay of the island_s fishing industry until the Chinese and Spanish began fishing the surrounding Atlantic Ocean with giant, industrial fi

A small fishing boat which used to be part of the mainstay fleet of the island’s fishing industry until the Chinese and Spanish began fishing the surrounding Atlantic Ocean with giant, industrial fishing ships, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde); now fishing mainly provides food for the locals, rather than a booming export business

 

The road climbing to the summit of 750 m (2850 feet) tall Monte Verde (Green Mountain) – a national park – is paved with granite and basalt cobblestones, making for a really washboar

The road climbing to the summit of 750 m (2,850 feet) tall Monte Verde (Green Mountain) – a national park – is paved with granite and basalt cobblestones, making for a really washboard-like, bumpy ride, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

 

Our first day docked in Mindelo, São Vicente, we opted for a tour by small bus of the island, bypassing the highlights of the city — other than a quick drive through it on the way to Monte Verde (Green Mountain).  “Monte Verde is the tallest mountain in the island of São Vicente, Cape Verde.  The mountain is located 8 km (5 miles) east of the city of Mindelo, the island’s main city and is 750 m (2850 feet) tall.  The mountain is part of a natural park…  The view at the top of Monte Verde is spectacular, featuring views of the entire island including Baía das Gatas and the city of Mindelo as well as the islands Santa Luzia to the east and Santo Antão to the northwest.” – Wikipedia

 

The summit of Monte Verde (Green Mountain) overlooking São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

The summit of Monte Verde (Green Mountain) overlooking São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

 

on the summit of Monte Verde (Green Mountain) the park service has recently erected a blowing-fog-clouds capturing screen that condenses moisture and drops it into a pipe at the bottom,

The island has recently endured a four-year long drought (continuing in 2018) – not unusual, as for the past hundred years there have been more dry years than wet years – so on the summit of Monte Verde (Green Mountain) the park service has recently erected a blowing-fog/clouds capturing screen that condenses moisture and drops it into a pipe at the bottom, feeding an underground cistern used for irrigation of plants at the summit; São Vicente, Cape Verde      (Cabo Verde)

 

Over 80 plant species are endemic to Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) including this small flowering shrub on the summit of Monte Verde (Green Mountain); São Vicente

Over 80 plant species are endemic to Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) including this small flowering shrub on the summit of Monte Verde (Green Mountain); São Vicente

 

From the summit of Monte Verde (Green Mountain), a view of the winding road to the summit from Mindelo; São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

From the summit of Monte Verde (Green Mountain), a view of the winding road to the summit from Mindelo; São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

 

As we descended a little from the summit of Monte Verde (Green Mountain), we were finally able to glimpse the Atlantic Ocean and the island_s coastline; São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo

As we descended a little from the summit of Monte Verde (Green Mountain), we were finally able to glimpse the Atlantic Ocean and the island’s coastline; São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

 

Along the coastal road there were large dunes of white sand that are not native – they were built up over the years from fine particulate white sand blown across hundreds of miles (kil

Along the coastal road there were large dunes of white sand that are not native – they were built up over the years from fine particulate white sand blown across hundreds of miles (kilometers) of ocean from Africa’s Sahara Desert

 

A close-up of the dunes along the coast, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

A close-up of the dunes along the coast, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

 

The strong winds continue to shape the sand dunes, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

The strong winds continue to shape the sand dunes, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

 

Our local guide, Delisio, had a surprise for us when we stopped at a beach to view the sand dunes – local grogue (rum) and local ponche (rum with molasses), both national drinks, along

Our local guide, Delisio, had a surprise for us when we stopped at a beach to view the sand dunes – local grogue (rum) and local ponche (rum with molasses), both national drinks, along with some fish filled Cape Verdean empanadas – all were delicious; São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

 

The highly decorated exterior of a fish restaurant at a small fishing village –note the turtle and shark sculptures -- on São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

The highly decorated exterior of a fish restaurant at a small fishing village –note the turtle and shark sculptures — on São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

 

Brightly painted fishing boats pulled ashore after the early morning fishing outing, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

Brightly painted fishing boats pulled ashore after the early morning fishing outing, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

 

Locals enjoying lunch along the shore at the fishing boats, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

Locals enjoying lunch along the shore at the fishing boats, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

 

Local farmers have to dig wells over 300 meters (nearly 1,000 feet) deep to get water for their small plots (pictured are plots belonging to several families), São Vicente, Cape Verde

Local farmers have to dig wells over 300 meters (nearly 1,000 feet) deep to get water for their small plots (pictured are plots belonging to several families), São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

 

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