Cape Verde Holidays

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Captivating Cape Verde Holidays

Found west of Senegal in the Atlantic Ocean, the ten gorgeous islands that make up Cape Verde continue to be one of Africa’s finest delights and most well-kept secrets. Brimming with volcanic valleys, rocky mountains and gorgeous beaches, it is a mecca for those who enjoy a holiday with plenty of action and adventure.

Spend the morning venturing inland to see one of the island’s most active volcanoes – Fogo, marvel at the rivers of frozen lava and finish the day off with an afternoon of windsurfing down at the beach. You’ll then be in the prime location to sit back, relax and soak up the sun that adorns these beautiful islands. With strong historical roots and influences from Africa, Brazil and Portugal, holidays to Cape Verde are truly unique.

Discover Cape Verde

The ten varying islands all have their own beauty, spirit and vibe. The islands of Boa Vista and Sal are ones for relaxing on the beach, while the popular hiking island Santa Maria and Santiago are for those who want to discover stunning vistas and make the most of their Cape Verde holidays. Fogo is also one to visit, with the highest volcanic peak of Cape Verde in its centre. If history and culture is your thing, basing yourself on the islands of Brava and Mindelo will see you immersed in the 19th Century way of life. Featuring cobbled streets, candy coloured colonial buildings and quaint villages, they are fantastic places to rub shoulders with the locals.

Hotels in Cape Verde

Royal Decameron Boa Vista is a good value hotel in a scenic location, with Praia des Chaves beach right on your doorstep. The hotel is also conveniently located and offer two swimming pools and a serene atmosphere. Alternatively, on the sought-after island of Boa Vista, Iberostar Club Hotel Boa Vista offers stylish surroundings and a friendly welcome. The beach is right by the property where you can spend your days soaking up the sunshine on the dazzling beach.

Natural Beauty

With a fantastically tropical climate, you can always kick back and relax on holidays in Cape Verde. The beautiful beaches will welcome and satisfy all sun-worshippers while the surrounding warm turquoise waters are perfect for water sports, snorkelling or just enjoying a leisurely swim.

Wildlife enthusiasts will also be well catered to and a diverse range of wildlife, both inland and offshore. Keep your eyes peeled for the rare Cape Verde kite bird before seeking out the colourful tropical fish and turtles that reside by the beach!

If history and culture is your thing, basing yourself on the islands of Brava and Mindelo will see you immersed in the 19th Century way of life. Featuring cobbled streets, candy coloured colonial buildings and quaint villages, they are fantastic places to rub shoulders with the locals.

Wander through Markets and Historical Sights

Make the most of your Cape Verde holidays and take in the plethora of scenic delights on offer. The haunting shipwrecked Cabo Santa Maria which rests off the coast of Sal Rei is well worth seeing while the architecture of the beautiful 15th century World Heritage Site, Cidade Velha will take your breath away. Also make sure you take time to visit the colourful colonial buildings and cobbled streets of Mindelo!

Like most cool African markets, Cape Verde has plenty of markets selling local and handmade gifts, souvenirs and produce. Take wander through the labyrinth of stalls and have a go at haggling for a bargain!

When it comes to cuisine, expect a fantastic fusion of African and Creole that features freshly prepared dishes that reflect the islands’ histories. Highlights include Cape Verde's national dish, Cachupa, a slow cooked stew that consists of beans and fish or meat.

Hotel Porta do Vento

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Santa Maria, Cape Verde Islands

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Flight + Hotel from £793.50 pp

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Porto Antigo Residence

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Santa Maria, Cape Verde Islands

Based on 2 sharing, Room Only, 7 nts, from London Gatwick more info >

Flight + Hotel from £796.00 pp

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Estoril Beach Resort

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Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde Islands

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Flight + Hotel from £864.00 pp

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Hotel Oasis Belorizonte

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Santa Maria, Cape Verde Islands

Based on 2 sharing, Bed & Breakfast, 7 nts, from Manchester more info >

Flight + Hotel from £876.50 pp

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Odjo d'Agua Hotel

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Santa Maria, Cape Verde Islands

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Flight + Hotel from £941.50 pp

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Top Beaches

There are many fantastic beaches throughout the Cape Verde Archipelago, making it the perfect getaway for those who want to bask in the warm tropical weather. On Boa Vista, there is Santa Monica beach, named after the California beach of the same name. It has 18km of untouched white sand - perfect for families, sunbathers and swimmers. Or, if you’re looking for something unexpected, visit Santiago, where the black volcanic beaches stretch along its coast. But, for the best water sports, you’ll want to visit Sal and Boa Vista.

Attractions

Aside from sunbathing, swimming and playing on the beach, Cape Verde offers the rare opportunity to see four species of turtle breeds. During the summer months, guided tours are available to view the cumbersome beasts coming ashore. It is a special treat to see this event take place, and even more so to see the eggs hatch. Holidays can be booked around this fantastic environmental experience.

Stay Active

With the perpetually lovely weather, Cape Verde is an ideal place to spend a beach holiday. The clear water makes scuba diving and snorkelling a blast, and the easy tides make swimming enjoyable for all. But, many hotels, especially on Sal and Boa Vista offer surf and windsurfing rentals. Or, if you dare, you can learn to jet ski. With such wonderful beaches, and a wealth of activities set to make the most of the sapphire water, Cape Verde is the perfect place to spend a beach holiday.

Beach Hotels

Being a small collection of islands, most hotels are in close proximity to the beach, but for the best beaches and accommodations, why not try the Odjo d'Agua Hotel, resting on the edge of Santa Maria. Or, if you are looking for something a little more affordable, then take the Da Luz Hotel into consideration. It is affordable, family friendly and a mere 300m from a wonderful white sand beach.