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The Cape Verde Islands - bringing tropical islands a little closer...

The archipelago of Cape Verde presents the nearest tropical islands to the UK. Climatically they are a marine extension of the Sahara, and benefit from a dry, moderate climate throughout the year with generally very little rainfall although it can vary according to the island and altitude. At the coast it rains on average only 22 days a year in contrast to nearly 3000 hours of sunshine (average 8 hours per day). There is a pleasant, almost permanent breeze. It can rain more often in the green and mountainous islands.

Cape Verde is a cocktail of what you may find in other destinations. The magnificent beaches often with lush interiors and the Creole people are reminiscent of the Seychelles. Islands such as Sal and Sao Vicente have a barren landscape and climate similar to the Canary Islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. In the verdant highlands of Santiago and Santo Antao you could quite easily be in Kenya’s Rift Valley. Some of the coastal areas and fishing villages recall The Gambia. The awesome volcanic island of Fogo rises from the sea like Stromboli. The overall impression is of a fascinating and unspoiled holiday destination with each island different to its neighbour.

Although tourism to the islands is developing, it remains in its infancy and many aspects are unsophisticated compared to more established and well-known resorts. Cape Verde will appeal to those wishing to experience a vibrant way of life, fascinating people, fabulous beaches, sunshine, some island hopping and a sense of adventure.

One of the magnificent beaches on Boa Vista
Boa Vista, Cape Verde
Boa Vista offers two magnificent beaches (Chaves 15km and Santa Monica 5km) of powder white sand. It is the nearest island to the African coast and has a desert interior of high sand dunes. The main town of Sal Rei is a sleepy place which can come alive at dusk. It has a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere and tends to be many people’s favourite island. There are some good watersports, jeep safaris, quad bikes for hire and horseriding.
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Cape Verde Island Hopping Itineraries, Cape Verde
The 10 islands of Cape Verde are distinctly different to each other. Whilst many people will be content just to enjoy the superb beaches of Boa Vista and Sal others will find a most rewarding experience in visiting three or more islands.
Fishermen hauling nets, Sal
Sal, Cape Verde
Sal is the most popular island and is home to most of the international hotels as well as the main airport. It is a relatively flat island which has become popular due to its superb white sand beaches. The main town is Santa Maria, where there are restaurants and bars, frequent music and impromptu dancing. There are some pretty pastel-shaded houses and a few shops. It is a haven for sun lovers and beachcombers with a good selection of professionally run watersports, the availability of which can depend upon ocean conditions. There are at least two PADI dive schools.
There is a beachside promenade from the main hotel area to the town.
Mountain scenery on Santiago
Santiago, Cape Verde
This is the largest island and includes the capital of the republic, Praia, which is a distinctly African town, vibrant and pulsating with a thriving market. Like Sal it has an international airport and a few hotels. A stay on Santiago offers more variety than other islands, and most people will enjoy the excursions around the island and into the mountainous and agricultural hinterland. The coast is rugged with a few sandy coves and a visit to the northern fishing village of Tarrafal is popular
General Picture
Sao Vicente, Cape Verde
An interesting island with a distinctly European flavour which has attracted the bohemian set with musicians, intellectuals and artists mingling with the tourists. There are some good beaches, particularly attractive to windsurfers, with San Pedro reckoned to be one of the world’s finest for speed windsurfing. Mindelo, the main town, is relatively lively. It has the distinguished air of the Portuguese and Brazilian provinces, yet it was for a long time occupied by the British

Please call us on 0845 003 2211 or 01543 258631 to book your holiday to the Cape Verde Islands.

 


 

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