Cape Verde is a perfect destination for anyone in search of winter sun. This isolated, 10-island country in the Atlantic Ocean offers deserted beaches and outstanding mountain landscapes. The arrow-shaped archipelago is a bewitching blend of Portuguese and African influences.
The islands in West Africa, discovered by Portuguese sailors in the 15th century, are divided into two groups: The Barlavento Islands (Santo Antão, São Vicente, Santa Luzia, São Nicolau, Sal, Boa Vista) and The Sotavento Islands (Maio, Santiago, Fogo, Brava). They range from more than 2,800m high to as low as 390m. Sal, Boa Vista and Maio are fairly flat, sandy, and dry, while the others are generally rockier with more vegetation.
Cape Verde boasts pleasant climate during most of the year and 350 sunny days. Sal, Boa Vista and Maio see almost no rain. Santiago, Fogo and Santo Antão are more wet. The rainy season is July to the end of October but some years it doesn’t rain at all.
Boa Vista means “beautiful view”. The landscape here is characterised by deserts and petrified forests. The easternmost and third-largest island of Cape Verde is a flat bleached land. Sharp white dunes of Boa Vista merge with indigo-blue seas. The Deserto de Viana is a sand desert in the north-western part of the island, east of the towns Rabil and Sal Rei. There are 55 kilometres of unspoiled, remote beaches of soft sand. The Praia de Chaves and Praia de Santa Monica are considered the most beautiful.
The east of Boa Vista is so solitary and deserted that you won’t see anyone at all in some areas of it. The lonely beaches in this part of the island are perfect for long walks. You can observe sea turtles laying their eggs on the beaches.
How to get there:
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What to do:
Cape Verde is a destination for people who have a little bit of the adventurer in them. There are many exciting activities available in the form of excursions and day trips. The islands provide excellent conditions for water sports, like diving, sailing, water skiing, jet skiing, kite surfing and game fishing. Windsurfers come from all over the world to Sal and Boa Vista. Near Santiago, divers will discover 16th century shipwrecks on the sea floor, while eels, yellowfin tuna and humpback whale can be seen in the clear blue waters off Boa Vista. Divers can also explore underwater lava tubes. Santo Antão is ideal for canyoning. Hikers will have the trip of a lifetime in Santo Antão, Fogo, Santiago and São Nicolau. Fogo is an Eldorado for ecotourism. There is certainly something for everyone!
Where to stay:
For example we encourage you to stay at 3* Pensao Porta do Vento for €53/£45 per night with good reviews and breakfast included. It also offers an airport shuttle, a 24-hour reception and a tour desk.
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