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The anthropological history of Cape Verde is an unusual one. Unlike most parts of the planet, it was empty until colonialism gave it a population - the isles were uninhabited when Portuguese and Genoese sailors stumbled upon them in Portugal put down the first roots, founding what is now the town of Cidade Velha, on the south coast of Santiago, in Praia followed in , before becoming the archipelago capital in A small city of , people, it looks back into the past Cape Verde gained independence from Portugal in via the Monumento de Diogo Gomes a statue of the Portuguese explorer who discovered Santiago in and the Presidential Palace which was built in the 19th century for the Portuguese governor.
Cape Verde's cultural gift to the world is morna - a lilting, rhythmic form of music which slipped into life on the archipelago probably on Boa Vista at some undefined point in the 18th century. Its spiritual leader is Cesaria Evora, a singer nicknamed the "Barefoot Diva" who hailed from Sao Vicente - and was so loved that, since her death in , its airport has been named after her. Her powerful voice and grasp of melody lingers in her birthplace, the island capital Mindelo.
You could always use the extra money to save for another late deal holiday too, because you deserve it. For the same price you could stay in a five-star hotel also in Sal. Today's Top Deals. Reply to: Aircraft used by Thomson on Cape Verde flights. View Destination. Browse forums All Browse by destination. The deal includes accommodation at the all-inclusive three-star Royal Decameron Boa Vista, where all your vacation needs are taken care of.
Here is a pleasant, picturesque small town where morna drifts out of the doorways of bars and cafes - such as the Casa Cafe Mindelo casacafemindelo. It is the most westerly segment of the archipelago and - depending on how specific you want to be about geography - the most westerly point in Africa as a consequence.
It certainly feels like the end of a continent. Home to just 44, people - many of them clustered in the town of Porto Novo - it is a place of desolate grandeur, with its rocky interior rearing up from the water, coffee plantations strewn across its sides. You can only travel to it by water, via ferry from Mindelo - but if you make the crossing you have definitely left the beaten track.
Santo Antao makes little attempt to disguise its lava-fried origins - but its is beaten to the unoffical title of "Most Visibly Volcanic Island in the Cape Verde Archipelago" by Fogo. The giveaway is the name - "fogo" is, of course, Portuguese for "fire". The island lives up to its moniker, rising to the conical summit of Pico do Fogo, which troubles the sky at an altitude of 9, feet 2, metres. It has erupted as recently as Not that this seems to worry the locals.
Although strewn across some 1, square miles of the Atlantic, the archipelago lends itself to multi-island journeys. Specialist operator Cape Verde Experience ; capeverde.
Tropical islands plus ocean also equals sailing escapes. So it proves with Cape Verde. Classic Sailing ; classic-sailing. The journey will be aboard the Oosterschelde, a ton schooner. Flights extra. If you want to venture truly off-grid, the islet of Brava is your obvious port of call.
Not that it doesn't have a runway. Esperadinha Airport sits on its west coast next to the hamlet of the same name. It occupies one of the only flat pieces of land on the island - a precarious location on a narrow promontory on the edge of the water.
Too precarious, in fact. Opened in , the airport ceased operations in because the strong winds which swirl here make it too dangerous for planes to land.
You can, though, stroll along its deserted tarmac. It responded by email to say it would give me an answer within 28 days. That has come and gone, and still nothing. In the meantime I posted on its Facebook page and immediately got a response telling me that it was being sorted. That was more than 30 days ago.
Still nothing. As I write, it is days after I submitted my complaint. B da S, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. This was poor customer service, particularly from a major player like Thomson, and a shame that this blighted an otherwise enjoyable holiday. As you note, Thomson has a legal obligation to investigate and respond to flight delays on this scale under EU regulations that came into force in The company also requests that holidaymakers notify it of any problems that have not been resolved through the Thomson representative on site — again, disappointing in your case — within 28 days of returning from holiday.
Like all airlines we operate a fair and thorough process to handle delay compensation claims, in line with EU regulations, and we can confirm that we have contacted the customer directly and the situation is now resolved. We would like to reassure customers that we do everything possible to minimise delays and are committed to maintaining excellent on-time performance across our flying programme. We welcome letters but cannot answer individually. Email us at consumer.
Please include a daytime phone number. B da S, Newcastle-upon-Tyne This was poor customer service, particularly from a major player like Thomson, and a shame that this blighted an otherwise enjoyable holiday.