Tucked away off the west coast of continental Africa, Cape Verde is an archipelago that sits on the historic trade route between Saharan Africa and the colonial “new worlds” of South America and the Caribbean. The Cape Verde Islands have a one-of-a-kind cultural blend with influences from Portugal and Africa.
Top 5 Things to Do in Cape Verde Islands
But what are the most important things to add to your “to do” list if you decide to take a ? We look at five of the best attractions below.
1. Hike the verdant valleys of Santo Antão
Replete with stunning scenery and sugarcane plantations, the volcanic valleys of Santo Antão are an idyllic place for an energetic walk. The island has a subtropical climate that boasts a rich range of verdant vegetation, including forests of fir and pine. Citrus fruits, almonds, papaya, coffee, maize, lavender and eucalyptus are all harvested from Santo Antão’s bountiful slopes.
2. Go clubbing in vibrant São Vicente
Home to the party capital of Cape Verde Islands, Mindelo, São Vicente has a whole host of tantalizing entertainments for you to enjoy. You can take in live music daily at the bars and restaurants across the city.
At night, the many discos come to life and draw huge crowds. Travellers arriving during carnival time are in for a real delight, as the locals celebrate through day and night.
3. Enjoy the beach life on Boa Vista
Those looking for azure seas and sun-bleached beaches should visit Boa Vista. Named “beautiful view” in Portuguese, the island lives up to its name, with over 50 km of beach that are still spared the excesses of mass tourism. Rare sea turtles make pilgrimages to the island to lay clutches of eggs, providing a further attraction for nature lovers and conservationists.
4. Go surfing on Sal
This island has boomed since the arrival of an international airport. A flat island that features abundant sand in beaches and desert, Sal is increasingly a Mecca for surfers from across the globe. The low lying landscape means very little rain, so it is a beach bum’s paradise too. As a result, most people who live on the island are under 40 years old.
5. Make the most of the morabeza
The constant beat of music on the islands and the charming blend of creole food and culture makes for a most welcoming stay. Morabeza is the local lingo for “hospitality” and a visit to the islands is practically guaranteed to nurture your faith in humanity. The islanders include many among their number who are visitors who simply couldn’t leave.
With a rich history, alluring landscapes and a unique creole Portuguese-African culture, this island group promises much to those who wish to fly in for a break. Put a holiday in the Cape Verde islands on your bucket list and you’ll enjoy a trip that gives you memories to last a lifetime.