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Cape Verde, 5th
     

Cape Verde, 5th

by Aisling Irwin, Colum Wilson
 

The Cape Verde Islands are a destination with a difference, a distinctive blend of European and African cultures whose unique hospitality is encapsulated in the Creole word morabeza. These magical islands are soaring in popularity, with property construction, flights and international arrivals rocketing. Second-home investors are discovering the potential of

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The Cape Verde Islands are a destination with a difference, a distinctive blend of European and African cultures whose unique hospitality is encapsulated in the Creole word morabeza. These magical islands are soaring in popularity, with property construction, flights and international arrivals rocketing. Second-home investors are discovering the potential of these beautiful, burgeoning islands and this fifth edition provides practical details on purchasing property, exploring the spectacular landscape and travelling between islands. From the long stretches of shimmering, sandy beaches of Boavista to the lush green peaks and valleys of Santo Antão, Cape Verde has something for everybody.

 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841623504
Publisher:
Bradt Publications UK
Publication date:
10/18/2011
Edition description:
Fifth Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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Cape Verde, 5th


By Aisling Irwin

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Copyright © 2011 Aisling Irwin
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ISBN: 9781841623504

ROCKS APPEAR AND LIFE ARRIVES

According to local lore, when God was satisfied with Creation, and brushed his hands together, the crumbs that fell unnoticed from his fingers into the sea formed Cape Verde.

The geographical explanation for their existence is just as beguiling. Under the plates of the Earth’s crust lie 'hot spots’ of bubbling magma, one of which is several hundred kilometers west of Senegal. Every so often, when the conditions of heat and pressure are right, this hot spot erupts as a volcano, leaving an island in the Atlantic to mark where it has been. In this way, some 15 million years ago, the island of Sal was created. It was a mountain which has since been the victim of the ocean winds and has eroded away until all that remains is flat, brown rock. The hot spot erupted every few millions of years to make another pimple on the Atlantic. Today it is still putting the final touches to youthful Fogo, which lies in the southwest. The island is 100,000 years old and one senses that brooding Fogo gazes east towards Sal preparing to spend the next ten million years weathering down to a similar fate.



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Meet the Author

Journalist Aisling Irwin has written about Cape Verde for 11 years. Colum Wilson is a specialist in humanitarian aid; he currently advises the British government on aid to West Africa.

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