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From 1830 during the coal deposit installation, the island became an important seaport for ships from all over the world. Hence nowadays, form coal to diesel, Mindelo became as great cosmopolitan center of music festivals, Carnival, religious and craft festivals, where the night come to life from the quietness of the day.? 

Following morna’s and coladera’s rhythms, the island become a cultural diversity location challenging the arid and quiet landscape with its people energy and fun. The focus goes also to the magnificent Porto Grande bay, “Monte Cara” and the Monte Verde Natural Park, as well the beautiful beaches like Laginha São Pedro, Baia das Gatas, Praia Grande and Calhau. The theatre, this is a very strong feature of this island, there is also an annual festival. The island has an international airport and port.? 



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São Vicente is an island of contrast where an unusual atmosphere is lived. Mindelo’s streets are cheerfully adorned by the European colonial architecture and the cosmopolitanism is in the air, while the countryside is dry and hilly.? 

The Island has also beautiful beaches and crystal clear warm water, such as Salamansa, Baia das Gatas, São Pedro, for windsurfing lovers. With a rich musical tradition, Mindelo is entitled as the Culture capital of the country, offering good restaurants where visitors can enjoy rich cuisine while listening to mornas and coladeira.? 



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The cultural traditions of Mindelo have more importance during two seasons: for Music festival of Baia das Gatas, the most famous cultural event in Cape Verde, and Carnival.?? 

The New year eve celebrations it’s also famous. Here every detail it’s important, even for the public places and historical heritage preservation, either by the presence of a permanent cultural movement. S. Vicente is the ideal destination for those who like to mix fun, beach and culture. Involve into an unforgettable experience and surrender to the joy and contagious merriment of this island.??