Mindelo Bay
Cape Verde
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The city of Mindelo, located on the island of São Vicente, Cape Verde, is the seat of the parish of Nossa Senhora da Luz, and this island’s municipality. Is the second largest city in Cape Verde.

It occupies a total area of 67 km2 northwest of the island in the Bay of Porto Grande, a natural harbor formed by underwater crater of a volcano about 4 km in diameter. The Pássaros islet, 82 meters high and hosting a small lighthouse, signals the other end of the crater.

This city has a development and a rare prosperity regarding the other islands, especially thanks to its deep-water port – the Grand Harbour – which serves as a transatlantic range for ships of all nationalities.

Mindelo breathes a very unique atmosphere and a cosmopolitan air. This unique atmosphere is inseparable from the warmth and hospitality of its people. Its love for the fun side of life makes all the difference: good restaurants, frequent animations with live music and, above all, a pleasant living that your people search and culture. The mild climate, marked by a mild temperature, the careful arrangement of public places, the well-preserved historical heritage and a permanent cultural movement lead to consider it the most welcoming and attractive city in the country. Some say that here was born the morabeza (a native word that expresses the quality of those kind and gentle).

The city o f Mindelo is the result of two major influences, under the portuguese and British colonies, denounced around every corner in their streets and the architecture of its beautiful buildings. Noteworthy are the Governor’s Palace, City Hall, the Small square of the Church – the birthplace of the city, from which the first houses and traced the first roads were built – the Marginal Avenue – with the replica of the Belém Tower in Lisbon – the Fortim d’el Rei – the oldest existing building in Mindelo and with superb panoramic views over the city and the bay – the old Customs – now National Center for Craft, one place set up as guardian of the very rich testimonies Cape Verdea art.

La ville de Mindelo est située à l’île de São Vicente et est la deuxième plus grande ville du Cap-Vert. Occupant une extension total de 67 km² au nord-est de l’île, elle adjoint la Baie de Porto Grande, un port naturel formé par la cratère sous-marine d’un volcan avec un diamètre de 4 km. L’Ilhéu dos Pássaros ou îlot des oiseaux, dont les 82 m d’altitude accueillent un petit phare, signale l’autre extremité de cette cratère.

Puisque le Porto Grande ou Grand Port est un port d’eaux profondes, point d’escale transatlantique de navires de tout le monde, on retrouve à Mindelo un développement et une prospérité absente des autres îles, une atmosphère chaleureuse et cosmopolite. C’est la capitale du divertissement du Cap-Vert, avec de beaux restaurants, de la musique à toutes heures et le plaisir de bien vivre. Le climat doux aide infiniment le constant mouvement culturel, la préservation du patrimoine historique et des lieux publics.

Architecturalement Mindelo combine les influences coloniales portugaises et britanniques, retrouvées partout au tour d’un coin: le Palais du Gouverneur, la Mairie, l’Avenue Marginal (avec sa réplique de la lisboète Tour de Belém), le Fortim d’el-Rei (le bãtiment le plus ancient de Mindelo, avec une vue panoramique de la ville) et l’Alfândega Velha ou Vieille Douane, aujourd’hui le Centre National d’Artisanat que garde les richissimes témoins de l’art du Cap-Vert.

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Natural Environment
Coastline
Volcanic origin (old crater)
Climate
Sahelian : arid subtropical
Temperature
Annual average : 22 °
Thermal amplitude : 17° C at 27 ° C
Precipitation
Annual : 90 mm
Distribution : from July till November
Biogeographic Classification
Subtropical dry broadleaf forest (Afrotropic)
Human Environment
Language
Portugese, Crioulo
Local Economy
Tourism - Maritime transport
Demography
Population (inhab.) : 70 000
Density (inhab/km2):
Human Development Index
Cape Verde : 0,727
Ecological Footprint
Cape Verde : Inc.
Heritage and Credentials
Natural Heritage
Ecosystem of the archipelago
Cultural Heritage
Mindelo, music, road of Sao Antao
Coastal Management
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Criteria retained by the club
BN3 : Aesthetic importance (Baie des Chattes) : BC6 : Alive traditions (Sao Vicente, Sao Antao)
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