Cape Verde and the beautiful island chain it is home to is one of those marvellous destinations that travellers simply fall in love with. There are a lot of reasons to visit this stunning, captivating and serene destination. Pristine shorelines and gorgeous landscapes, a diverse culture with the beating heart of urban communities, water sports, nightlife and fab food are only a portion of the things on offer. For even more, check out our top 10 things to do in Cape Verde!
1. Hit the beach
During your Cape Verde holiday, we can only assume you are thinking there has got to be at least one day dedicated to nothing but the beach and luckily for you, there are numerous fab coastal locations to choose from! To save you the hassle, we have rounded up the top three: Santa Maria Beach on Sal, Praia de Chaves and Santa Monica: both on Boa Vista.
2. Go kitesurfing
Cape Verde is home to a fab range of water sports and one of the most exciting activities is of course kitesurfing! How exhilarating to feel the wind in your hair as you go up against the elements. Enjoy the perfect conditions to give this sport a go between the months of January and May, as the winds are strong, especially along the coastlines of Sal and Boa Vista.
3. Quad biking through the dunes
Quad biking tours are popular throughout Sal and Boa Vista with many of the tours driving through the remarkable sand dunes, guaranteed to be a fab experience! These tours are accessible most days and can last from two to four hours so take to the white sandy shorelines on four wheels.
4. Santa Maria strolls
As mentioned before, Santa Maria is a must see in Cape Verde, not just for the great beaches but also for the town itself. Santa Maria is a vibrant location and to have a true authentic experience of Cape Verde, we recommend you took a day or two out of your holiday to explore the town and soak up the authentic culture that dedicated beach bums might miss out on…
5. Discover Sal’s salt mines
If you want to get some fab holiday snaps, head to the picturesque salt mines of Pedra du Lume. Now abandoned, people used to mine here in the 18th century. Today, the mines are turned into a popular tourist spot. For an energising experience, float in the left behind salt ponds!
6. Go diving and/or snorkelling
There are several diving and snorkelling opportunities for travellers wanting to discover Cape Verde beneath the shoreline. One of the best locations to do this would be on the island of Sal, with copious opportunity at Santa Maria Beach. Visit the Eco Dive School, close to the centre of Santa Maria for a relaxed and professional dive experience!
7. Stand tall on an active volcano
If you like an active holiday, how about hiking to a volcano? If this sounds good, pack your hiking boots and anticipate the many satisfying trails you can go up against! Our recommendation is to begin your hike from the small town of Cha das Caldeiras where you will begin the ascent to Pico de Fogo (Fogo means fire!) and it will take roughly six hours until you reach the peak.
8. Turtle spotting
So if you aren’t a fan of the water but love turtles, Cape Verde is definitely the place to be for you! Pay a visit to Ervatao Beach between the months of July and September to witness the turtles laying their eggs in the sand. Ervatao Beach is the third most significant loggerhead turtle nesting site in the world so get yourself on a tour to see this beautiful rare natural occurrence. Take a tour at night to have the best experience!
9. Take on some fishing
Fishing is another popular thing to do when visiting the Cape Verde islands. You will be able to locate guided fishing excursions across many of the islands, though we recommend those from Sal and Boa Vista as the best for holidaymakers. A few kinds of fishing are accessible, from rock fishing to surf casting and all the ones in between, so take to the seas and catch a big one!
10. Go horse riding
One of the most enjoyable ways to take in the atmosphere and sights of Cape Verde is getting on a horse and going for a ride on the island of Boa Vista. Gallop along the seafront for a truly unforgettable experience. This excursion is accessible all year round, so in the event you have an afternoon free, take to the saddle!