Destination Overview

Cape Verde

Cape Verde consists of 10 islands 400 km west of Senegal, 9 of them inhabited. The most charming feature of the destination is the diversity of landscape, colour, climate, and tradition. The islands boast charming white sand and a tropical climate, suitable for beach holidays all year long. There are also volcanos, mountains, waterfalls, and endless valleys – excellent for trekkers. A huge feature of the country is fishing which makes seafood one of the best aspects of Cape Verde.

You can find here islands (Sal, Boavista Islands) with charming white beaches, suitable for beach holiday all year long – literally NEVER-ENDING SUMMER you can find here!

Besides beach, white sand and 5-stars resorts there are islands with volcanos (on Fogo Island there is still 1 volcano active), mountains and valleys – excellent for trekkers; but still in tropical climate, where the temperature escalate between 23-31 during the day and 17-21 centigrade at night.

The islands of the archipelago integrate into two groups: the Barlavento (from where the wind blows) and the Sotavento (where flows the wind). A jewel among the others is Santo Antão Island where you can find 3 continents on small piece of land in Atlantic. Many people say that this island has something from Iceland, Vietnam, and Brazil. There is landscape called “moon land”, there are water falls, high mountains, endless valleys, sugar-cane farms, plantations of banana, papaya, mango, coco…. And, of course fishing. The people of Cape Verde islands are a mixture of African and European with approximately 70% of the whole population being mixed race. Portuguese is the official language of the islands and is also used in most written communications, such as newspapers. However, Creole (based on African languages but with additions from several European languages) is often used in conversations and tends to differ from island to island. Also, you will find a good selection of restaurants in the main towns offering a various selection of local Creole dishes and Portuguese specialities. The sea-food is one of the best aspect of Cape Verde, since as bill-fishing centres, so industry fishing is so rich that fish and sea-food you can get here for “pea-nuts”! And – it’s delicious and tasty; hard to compare with other destinations….

Top Destinations

Sal Island – The “no stress” island is one of the smaller, but the archipelago’s most popular island for holidaymakers. A paradise for beach lovers, Sal is home to some of the best kite surf spots in the world. But there is also a lot of history to be discovered, such as some remaining sites of the island’s once booming salt trade. A must see is the Pedra de Lume salt mines, which gave origin to the name of the island (SAL means salt). In these salt lakes one can bath in a lake with a high concentration of salt, that will make you float.

Boavista Island – Home to one of the 7 wonders of Cape Verde, the Viana desert. Boavista is the closest island to the African continent, the reason why it has beaches with finer and whiter sand and many dunes (brought by the wind from the Sahara desert). An island with endless paradisical beaches, Boavista is also a popular spot for Caretta Caretta (sea turtles) to spawn. The island is rich in history and famous for its pottery. It is said that the most important musical style in Cape Verde was born on this island – the so called “morna”.

Maio Island – The easternmost of the Sotavento islands of Cape Verde. Where time seems to stand still, one can find some quite and traditional towns with colourful buildings and the charm of Portuguese lifestyle. The island is renowned for its stunning sandy beaches, a lush forest, and an omnipresent peaceful tranquillity. Maio is not that easy to reach and mainly combined with Santiago island.

Santiago Island – The most African, biggest, and first colonised island of the archipelago. Santiago is the cradle of Cape Verde, home of the countries capital, the city of Praia, and probably the most diverse island in terms of landscape. One can find here the Natural Park of Serra Malagueta with the highest point of the island, the Antónia peak with its 1.394m of altitude. Cidade Velha – the first town and former capital – was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the islands highlights.

Fogo Island – The volcano’s island that is home to an active volcano which last erupted in 2014/2015. Fogo is a paradise for nature lovers and hikers and houses the highest peak of the Cape Verde archipelago (2,829 meters). Unique is the islands combination of volcanic landscape, green agricultural fields, forests, and slopes by the sea. It has one of the most historic cities and colonial architecture in Cape Verde – the city of São Filipe, full of old manor houses. Fogo is known for a strong agricultural culture, mainly wine and coffee, as well as a rich and variety gastronomy with dishes that one can only find on this island.

Santo Antão Island – A unique destination for all lovers of nature and outdoor activities. It is the second largest, most westerly, most remote to the African continent and – although it hasn’t rained since 2016 – the greenest island. It is not just home to the second most beautiful rural village in the world (Fontaínhas) but also the place where the country’s most remarkable cultural and religious event takes place – the Saint John celebrations in June. Santo Antão offers a diversity of activities, such as excursions and discoveries, hiking, mountain biking, canyoning, or paragliding.

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