We might be approaching the frosty days of the festive season but that doesn’t mean you can’t catch a bit of sun this winter in Cape Verde.
A cluster of islands off the northwest coast of Africa, Cape Verde is home to Caribbean-esque beaches with soft white sands and crystal clear waters. With its perfect year-round climate, that sees the temperature rarely drop below the mid-twenties, Cape Verde provides the best in winter sun.
The sunniest island
Sal is Cape Verde’s most popular island, with the glorious Santa Maria beach and a fusion of different cultures, this archipelago has strong influences from Africa and Europe. Expect vibrant street art and expressive music with Cape Verde’s most recognised sound: the morna.
Along the south coast you’ll find Santa Maria beach, the most popular beach on the island with its Caribbean look and feel. Perfect for soaking up the sun and riding the waves, with Cape Verde being renowned for its water sports. With All Inclusive facilities and known for its attentive service, the Oasis Salinas Sea Hotel lies right on the beach and is the perfect getaway to unwind in the sun.
The blue eye
Picturesque sea caves dominate Sal’s west coast, but it’s the captivating Buracona Lagoon that’s the real stand-out. Catch a day when the sun’s at its best, which is almost every day, and you’ll be able to witness Buracona, also known as the ‘blue eye’. This natural phenomenon is a pool formed by the ocean that reveals a magical turquoise eye when the light touches the water at the perfect angle. Get your camera out because you’ll definitely want to capture this natural wonder!
A Christmas to remember
Give the gift of a holiday this Christmas and present your loved one with a Thomas Cook gift card. Help send them on their way to Cape Verde and grab yourself some serious brownie points, while they tuck into their roasts on Christmas day with thoughts of paradise.
If you’d like to treat yourself instead, head instore and let our trusted experts take you through what you could get up to on the holiday of your dreams. Or, rifle through our latest Winter Sun magazine and find even more inspiration.
How does a bit of winter sun sound to you? Would you choose Cape Verde? Let us know in the comments below.