Not been there since 2000, but we thought it was the worst dump we had ever been to - i.e. Mindelo on Sao Vicente.
Yet now the islands are being promoted as both a holiday ideal and a property paradise ..............
Take care ...........
The Cape Verde Islands are quite baren and very dry. The are several conglomerates who are building hotel complexes and housing villages there although unless they put in desalination units I have no idea where there will get enough water from. When I was there we found it enough just to walk around the town and go to the unique market there and spend some time in a bar
/cafe. They population is very poor, in fact they are some of the poorest in the world and you must be "Street aware" because some can be very agressive particularly when drunk. The port is interesting but I found nothing to make me want to return so don't get your hopes up too high. I really do hope that the new tourism speculation does something for the Cape Verdians because since the main island was disused as a coal bunkering station there has been little else to enliven the place. We did not do any excursions, prefering to spend money with the town's population, I am sure that was better. Hope that is helpful Neil and Ida Dow.
Several years ago, on a Christmas/New Year Cruise, so it's probably changed since then. There was virtually nothing to do! I can't remember what (if any) excursions were available. It is very "African" in lifestyle.