Brimming with vibrant coastal beauty and breath-taking nature, the Cape Verde Islands are a virtual paradise just off the coast of Africa. Belonging to Portugal until the 1970’s, you can find a mishmash of cultures, terrains and cuisines while on Cape Verde holidays.
For the most spectacular views, take a trip to Fogo. A good pair of walking shoes is a must, especially as the climb up Mount Fogo can take around four hours – but the views are fabulous and certainly worth the trek. Make sure to visit the beaches of Boa Vista to catch a glimpse of giant turtles coming to shore to lay their eggs, and keep your eyes peeled for majestic African birds flying overhead.
Islands for All
Santiago is the largest island and located to the south of the group; the island is mountainous and offers a host of beaches off the beaten track, while its capital, Praia has a great choice of restaurants and fascinating nightlife for upbeat holidays in Cape Verde.
To the west of Santiago is Fogo Island, and while all the Cape Verde islands are volcanic, Fogo has the only active volcano, presenting a magnificent sight to behold.
Boa Vista Island is the furthest east of the islands and boasts an amazing 55 km of stunning white sand beaches lined with tropical palm trees. To the north of Boa Vista is the Sal Island , a flat island boasting some gorgeous sandy beaches.
Cultural Cape Verde
The rainfall in Cape Verde is almost non-existent, ensuring you guaranteed sunshine on your Cape Verde holidays. The temperature reaches 25C in January and February and 30C in September, making sandals and swimwear must-haves for your trip to Cape Verde.
The most popular beaches can be found on the eastern islands of Sal and Boa Vista. Relax on the pretty sandy beaches of Santa Monica or Curralinho, perfect for swimming and relaxing in the sun. Travel to the south of the island and experience the joys of Sal Rei and Estoril Beach which are ideal for families and learning how to surf. Chaves Beach near Estoril is also a gorgeous place to spend the day.
An infusion of rural Portugal and Africa will awaken all your senses when on holiday in the Cape Verde islands. While the official language is Portuguese, you will hear many variations of Cape Verdean Creole, and music which also incorporates tastes from Brazil. Watch the morna dance or more modern passada, and savour the wonderful tastes of typical Cape Verde dishes particularly the delicious fish cuisine.
Cidade Velha - or Sidadi - is the oldest settlement in Cape Verde on Santiago Island just 15 km from Praia. Accessed by water taxi or bus from Praia, Cidade Velha, formerly Ribeira Grande, was the original capital of the island chain and where Sir Francis Drake visited; it has since been awarded the UNESCO World Heritage status.