With 350 days of sunshine a year and average temperatures of 26 degrees, the 10-island archipelago of Cape Verde is the ultimate destination for those in search of winter sun.
Capital of Cape Verde Islands
Fishing boat in Santa Maria in Sal Island in Cape Verde
Serra Malagueta mountains in Santiago Island Cape Verde
Santa Maria beach
St. Antao rocks
Tarrafal beach in Santiago island in Cape Verde
Lying in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean lies the idyllic islands of Cape Verde. These islands are a blend of Portuguese and African influences, mainly noticeable in the food and the European-style buildings. There are 10 islands to explore and 5 tiny outlets with many things to see including mountain ranges, deserted beaches and volcanic landscapes. It’s the variety that makes Cape Verde such an unusual and appealing destination to visit, and with it’s year round sunshine, it won’t matter when you choose to go.
With such a deep history, there are many different things to see. If you prefer a touch of history on your holiday, then a visit to the Paroquia de Nossa chapel will satisfy. This chapel is steeped in history and you are even able to go inside and admire the architecture of this beautiful building.
There are a lot of salt mines here in Cape Verde and the Pedra Lume Salt Crater opens up to the public which makes for a very interesting and alternative day out.
If you prefer to relax, there are many beaches to lay your towel and relax with a good book taking in the sun’s rays.
There are many ways to get yourself around the island, with opportunities to rent a buggy and take off on a half day desert adventure, complete with your own guide to ensure you see everything that needs to be seen. If you like an active lifestyle, why not rent an electric beach bike and ride around the south of the island, or take part in a hiking tour which starts in the village of Ribeira Brava. From here, you will walk up the north slope of the valley to reach Terra Quebrada and its amazing view point, the view really is breath-taking.
If all of this isn’t enough adventure, you will be able to rent your own yacht and take off for the day exploring the island by water. Imagine being able to watch the sun set whilst on the deck of your own boat for the day!
Sal Island in Cape Verde offers some of the best restaurants in all of the islands. Some of these restaurants are located in back streets so aren’t immediately obvious to tourists and are therefore referred to as ‘hidden gems’. With their mix of Portuguese and African flavours you will find something for you, whether it be grilled chicken or a satisfying African stew.
Many of the more laid back eateries here will have chairs outside so you can sit and take in your beautiful surroundings over a glass of wine.
If you are here to shop, then day to day items can prove to be quite expensive as most of the produce is imported. However, if you love to browse colourful markets looking for local wares such as jewellery, clothing and fresh produce, then this is the place for you and the market areas certainly won’t disappoint.
Clay is an important resource for the local artisans and it is used to create Cape Verdean figures depicting everyday routines – a great souvenir to take home with you!