Dubbed ‘The African Caribbean’, Cape Verde is a hidden holiday gem, ever increasing in popularity amongst British holidaymakers.
Situated 350 miles off the west coast of Africa, Cape Verde comprises of ten unique and volcanic islands. Here, you will find perfectly golden beaches, dramatic surf and a taste of natural beauty at its very best. Paddle amongst the crystal clear waters whilst colourful marine life dances around your feet and tropical birds circle above your head. What better way is there to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life?
Fancy something a little more energetic? Due to the islands’ welcome breeze, there are a whole host of water sports and activities that you can try. Dabble in a bit of wind surfing or kite surfing before slowing the pace down with some relaxing snorkelling amongst the waves.
Cape Verde has a lot more to offer aside from its spectacular beaches. If you can drag yourself away from the glistening shorelines, you can sample the country’s local culture and colonial architecture. Visit in February and you can immerse yourself in the brightly coloured sights and sounds of the Mindelo Carnival. The place comes alive with locals and visitors alike, dressed in traditional costumes, letting their hair down as they parade the streets. It’s impossible not to want to get involved!
Where to Stay
The four main islands to visit are Sal, Boa Vista, Santiago and Sao Vicente.
Sal – Perfect for water sports enthusiasts and those looking to spend most of their holiday trying out different beach activities, Sal is the most developed of the islands and Santa Maria is the main area for tourists. Here, you will find plenty of bars and restaurants to keep you entertained in the evenings after a long day at the beach.
Boa Vista – Less developed and a much quieter nightlife, Boa Vista is the island to visit if you want to truly relax and unwind on your holiday. Reflect on your surroundings whilst strolling along the 55km stretch of stunningly white, sandy beaches. Visit Boa Vista between June and September and you could be lucky enough to see loggerhead turtles nesting in the sand.
Santiago – It’s all about culture on this island. This is the most African of the islands, as well as the largest, and is awash with lush valleys and mountainous scenery. There is plenty to do on the island, including learning about Cape Verde’s history and meandering around the many bustling local markets, in particular the colourful African market.
Sao Vicente – This island provides a perfect blend of all the elements mentioned above. Home of the Mindelo music and festival, fabulous beaches for water sports and oozing with culture, Sao Vicente has something for everyone. From here, visitors can also take the ferry across to Santo Antao and admire the island’s breath-taking mountainous scenery.
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