Introducing holidays to Cape Verde
The cluster of islands known as Cape Verde are diverse, rich in culture and with stunning scenery, but that description doesn’t do them justice. From the volcanic landscape to delectable cuisine you won’t find at home, the small family of islands play host to a wealth of activities and attractions to satisfy all the senses. The Portuguese influence is prevalent despite their independence in the 1970s, and you’ll hear the language across the islands, as well as Cape Verde’s very own version of Creole.
Those seeking warmer climes will be delighted to discover weather across the islands remains wondrously warm and dry throughout the year, with just a few inches of rainfall in September. The landscape is flat and dry, and the islands each have their own sweeping beaches and quiet coves - ideal for explorers and sun loungers alike. You would be forgiven for thinking you’re in the Caribbean when island hopping around Cape Verde; the crystal blue waters and stretching beaches mimic the fair shores of the West Indies, and the culture and cuisine is as diverse and encapsulating. Whether you’re a guest of Santiago, Boa Vista, Sal or one of the 7 other islands of Cape Verde, you are sure to find paradise.
Wine & Dine
If exploration and adventure works up an appetite, island hoppers won’t go hungry with the incredible offering of food and fun on the islands. Thanks to the location and fine water, many restaurants offer a sumptuous selection of seafood, as well as an interesting mix of South American and Portuguese cuisine. Exotic fruit is offered across the island; you’ll never have tasted anything quite like the delight of fresh papaya and mango straight from the tree.
The islands do not disappoint when it comes to nightlife either. Santa Maria on Sal, Mindelo on São Vicente, Praia on Santiago and Sal Rei and Esplanada on Boa Vista are the hotspots when it comes to evening entertainment - particularly in the festive season when these cities come to life. Live music, entertainment and even discos and nightclubs are all waiting to be enjoyed in the main cities, and even the quieter areas have bars and restaurants where you can hit the tiles, should the mood strike.
Cape Verde deserves a visit purely for its unparalleled beaches, however if you’re looking for a little more culture on holiday, the islands do not disappoint. Fogo Island is an adventurer's dream, with memorable views atop Mount Fogo – however, make sure you pack provisions as the hike is a solid 4 hours. Culture junkies will be excited to find that Santiago’s capital, Praia, is home to a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is sure to be a once in a lifetime experience.