The Cape Verde islands are a small group of tropical Islands approximately 500km
off the West coast of Africa. Cape Verde has an all year round warm climate and
very little rainfall. Cape Verde has seen a booming tourist industry and this is
attracting more property buyers who are looking to find their dream property in
Cape Verde. With its endless kilometres of white sandy beaches, turquoise coloured
seas and a pro-tourism Government, Cape Verde has a prosperous future ahead.
Cape Verde is located approximately 500 km off the coast of Senagal (West coast
of Africa) and due south of the Canary islands.
Cape Verde was discovered in 1462 by the Portuguese when they landed on Sao Tiago
and it was controlled as a colony of Portugal for over 500 years. On July 5, 1975,
Cape Verde was granted independence from Portugal and became its own independent
country with a Cape Verde Government. Since 1990, Cape verde has been a stable,
multi-party democracy with no religious, racist or regional conflict. There is no
civil unrest in the country.
In recent years, Cape Verde has become focused on brining in hotel and real estate
developers to develop its touristic economy. Since 1996, Tourism has increased in
Cape Verde and it has accelerated over the last few years with the advent of brand
name hotels such as the Riu Hotel (Sal, Boa Vista), Iberostar (BoaVista), Sol Melia
hotel (Sal) and Nikki Beach hotel (Sao Vicente).
The currency used in Cape Verde is Cape Verde Escudo (CVE). £1 = 162.750 Cape Verde
Escudo 1 Cape Verde Escudo (CVE) = 0.009069 Euro (EUR).
The currency of Cape Verde is Cape Verdean escudos. It has a fixed exchange rate
with the euro at 1€ = 110.265 escudos. In Sal, Boa Vista and Sao Vicente islands,
euros are accepted everywhere and the islanders usually work an exchange rate of
€ 1 to 100 esc.
Santiago island continues to predominately use Cape Verdean escudos, however euros
are being more widely accepted in hotels and restaurants.
The standard of health care is very close to European standards. There are a number
of hospitals as well as private health clinics (which would rival most European
health clinics). The majority of Doctors here have been trained in westernized Europe
and America or they have come in from places such as Cuba and Spain.
Most Cape Verdeans enjoy a good standard of health care and most of the general
ailments can be catered for within Cape Verde. It is only certain diseases which
require specialized treatment that cannot be catered for here. For these more serious
health issues, patients have to visit Portugal for treatment (e.g. cancer).
Cultural identity is important to the Cape Verdeans with their own distinct style
of music, dance, language, lifestyle and food. There is an incredible choice of
fish and seafood as well as local dishes made from a wide choice of home grown fruit
(coconut, mango, papaya, dates and sugar cane) and vegetables (maize, beans, cassava
and sweet potato). The local rum is called ―grogue‖ and it is worth trying – just
beware of its potent strength!
There are plenty of activities to do in Cape Verde. Surrounded by water it comes
as no surprise that the Cape Verdeans are sea loving people. Swimming, surfing,
windsurfing, snorkling, diving and fishing are an integral part of sports. Sal is
world renowned for its windsurfing and the current world champion, Josh Angulo,
lives on the island. Sao Vicente island has some of the best marlin fishing in the
world. In recent years, some of the largest blue marlin have been caught in the
waters of Cape Verde.
Cape Verdeans are also football mad. Football fields are strewn across the islands
and most of the local people have a passion for Portuguese and English football.
San Antao island receives a high number of tourists who like to do outdoor pursuits
with it large mountainous region and lush tropical vegetation giving a perfect backdrop
for exercise. More recently extreme sports have also been introduced to the island.
Cape Verde´s natural resources (other than an abundance of fish from the surrounding
ocean) include volcanic rock (used in cement production) and limestone. Cape Verde
also has an abundance of wind and sunshine which may prove extremely important for
providing renewable energy to the country in the future. The economy is service-oriented,
wth commerce, transport and public services accounting for more than 70% of GDP.
Although nearly 70% of the population lives in rural areas, agriculture and fishing
contribute only about 10% of the GDP. About 20% of the GDP comes from expatriate
Cape Verdeans. From 1994 to 2000 foreign investment amounted to US$407 million,
of which 58% was tourism, 17% was industry, 4% was infrastructure and 21% was fisheries
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There are many reasons to invest in Cape Verde. A stable political democratic system,
an all year round warm climate, good rental potential, good long term capital appreciation
and Government investment in Infrastructure are just some of the many reasons to
invest in Cape Verde.
Use our search tool to look for Properties in Cape Verde
to see some typical examples.
We have put together a document to give a list of reasons to purchase in Cape Verde.
PDF of this document to give a list of reasons to purchase in Cape Verde here.
Thinking of buying a Cape Verde Property? We have all the information from the promissory
contract to signing at the notary. We also have the purchasing costs such as notary
costs and taxes. Read the capital gains tax on property in Cape Verde and more.
Our guide is designed to give you an overview of the buying process of purchasing
a Cape Verde Property.
Use our search tool to look for Properties for sale in Cape Verde
or Properties for rent in Cape Verde.
We have put together a document that details a guide to purchasing in Cape Verde.
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of this document that details a guide to purchasing in Cape Verde here.
It is possible for all non-residents to obtain a mortgage from a Cape Verdean bank.
Cape Verde Mortgages are available to those who can prove they have the means to
repay the mortgage.
We have put together a document that details a guide to Mortgages in Cape Verde.
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document that details a guide to Mortgages in Cape Verde here.
Flights to Cape Verde from the UK and parts of Europe are mainly being made by Thompsons.
They are flying into Sal and Boa Vista at the moment and may enter some of the other
islands in the future. There are other airlines flying from other destinations such
as TAP Portugal, Angolan airlines, XL (France) to cape verde. There is speculation
that Ryan Air are wanting to bring flights into Cape Verde.
There are 4 international airports in Cape Verde. These are located on Sal, Santiago,
Boa Vista and (shortly) Sao Vicente.
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PDF document of flight information.
Take one of our inspection trips to Cape verde. Meet one of Ohlsson Properties'
professional sales team in Sal or Sao Vicente. We have a range of properties from
land, apartments and villas.
We have put together a document that details a guide to Inspection Trips in Cape
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of this document that details a guide to Inspection Trips in Cape Verde here.
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