7 reasons Cape Verde should be on your holiday hit list

Think crystal blue waters and whitewashed sands, with dramatic rocky backgrounds. Sounds like paradise, right? Well, that’s just one quick reason why Cape Verde should be on your “To-Visit” list of great getaway locations! Here are seven more suggestions:

1. Not Everyone Thinks of Cape Verde

About 500 km to the west of Africa, Cape Verde is a ten-island archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean. Overlooked due to the popularity of the Caribbean (for Americans) and the Canaries (for Europeans), it’s a volcanic paradise with fewer tourists. If you’re looking to venture away from well-trodden tourist beaches, then look no further.

2. Warmth in Winter, Sun in Summer

No matter what time you’re looking to holiday, Cape Verde is sure to have the weather sorted. The temperature ranges from 21-29°C throughout the year, so you’re sure to be kept toasty whenever you visit. To top it all off, you won’t need to worry about the horrible humidity that goes hand-in-hand with many popular holiday destinations, as there is a light Atlantic breeze to keep the conditions just right.

Picture credit to Rey Perezoso on Flickr

Picture credit to Rey Perezoso on Flickr

3. Diverse Destinations

The main resorts of Cape Verde are located on the islands of Sal and Boa Vista, but don’t be afraid to venture further afield. Boa Vista boasts exotic wildlife from tropical birds to loggerhead sea turtles that you can sometimes find in the shallow waters. But the island has got sights to see too.

You can hike to the striking wreck of cargo ship Cabo Santa Maria, or see Forte Duque de Braganca, or maybe catch some rays on the red and tan sand dunes. Alternatively, set your sights on Sal, where there are whitewashed sands galore and perfect windsurfing waves. The island capital Espargos or the town of Santa Maria offer sun, sea, sand and much more!

4. So Much to See

Heat things up with a visit to Pico Do Fogo, the highest peak in Cape Verde, situated on the island of Fogo. Drive up the dramatic volcano, and marvel at the island’s views – breath-taking! Or, savour the seas – the foaming Atlantic waves are perfect for windsurfers, surfboarders and scuba divers alike. The islands offer so much culture too, from the incredible indigenous music to the bustle of local town markets.

5. Tasty Treats

Calories don’t count on holiday, so make the most of the Cape Verde cuisines. Dine on freshly caught lobster, or broaden your horizons and try the traditional dishes of the area, cachupa or pastels. Stay fresh with exotic local fruits during the day too – your taste buds will certainly thank you.

Picture credit to Pascal Subtil on Flickr

Picture credit to Pascal Subtil on Flickr

6. Friendly Faces

Known for being extremely helpful and friendly, the Cape Verde communities will welcome you with open arms. Pop by the harbour to hang with the locals, and find out what Cape Verde living is all about!

7. Scenery Beyond Compare

It’s without a doubt that Cape Verde has some of the most stunning backdrops, and whether you’re sitting on the beach or getting up close and personal with them, they are a holiday delight. Lush mountain ridges meet volcanic towers, and make the most stunning silhouettes when sunset arrives.

Cape Verde has it all, and it’s waiting for you. Go explore its offerings – you won’t be disappointed!

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