A tropical archipelago consisting of ten islands and five islets, Cape Verde boasts some of the best beaches in the world. Situated just off the west coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean, the Cape Verdean laid back no stress lifestyle and year round sunny climates make for the perfect holiday destination.
The economic and political stability of the islands, as well as the impeccable Cape Verdean hospitality have driven high levels of tourism, thus making perfect economic environment for developments. Strict legislation regarding low level, low density projects means that investors are safeguarded from saturation and demand remains high for quality luxury resort properties.
Discovered in 1456, by Portuguese seafarers, Cape Verde provided the first European influenced town in the tropics, Ribeira Grande (now Cidade Velha) on the Island of Sao Vicente.
During the peak of the transatlantic trade, traders settled on the islands to gain from their untouched lands and to import from West African Coast. The Islands soon grew wealthy enough to attract privateers, including a raid in 1585 by England’s Sir Francis Drake. However the prosperity was short-lived and there was little investment in Cape Verde over a lengthy period lasting well into the 20th century.
It was the ocean liner that sparked the revival of Cape Verde and in particular the Island of Sal. Its location made it the perfect stop-over for the transportation of coal, water and livestock. With the development of the aeroplane, Cape Verde then opened its first international airport on Sal in 1948 to capitalise on the tourism trade.
Opening its first international airport in 1948, Sal was the first to attract tourists and still remains the most popular of the Cape Verdean islands. At the center of a controlled development programme, the island has seen billions of investment into its infrastructure and in collaboration with vast government investment, it is fast becoming a modern world-class destination.
Regular scheduled flights to Sal’s established international airport direct from Birmingham, Gatwick, Manchester and Bristol as well as all over Europe and beyond have secured its position as a holiday destination.