Sun, sea and plenty of secluded beaches await on the African paradise island of Cape Verde.
A captivating range of mountains, beaches and pretty seaside beaches, this island country is drawing more and more visitors to its shores. Along with some of the best travel recommendations, this post will show you just why Cape Verde is where romance happens.
Known for its sand dunes and volcanic landscapes, Boa Vista’s one of the most popular tourist destinations. It’s the third largest in the archipelago and its coast is very close to Senegal.
Nightlife here is low-key, but that doesn’t mean there’s not many great restaurants and bars to enjoy some time together.
The beaches here are sandy, long, and quiet. From June to September, turtles are known to nest on Boa Vista’s southern beaches, so you may just spot a few if you visit during this period!
For something different, the Santa Isabel festival takes place every year on 4 July. Locals celebrate the patron saint of the island with a ball, swimming, horse racing and tours.
Literally meaning ‘salt’ Sal has become a real draw for many tourists looking for somewhere a little different and not so commercial.
There’s an average 350 days of sunshine here, making it a perfect climate to enjoy the many sandy beaches on the island. Sal is also home to the Amilcar Cabral International Airport, making it easy to reach your hotel if staying on the island.
At night, head to the popular area of Santa Maria. Here you’ll find a lively atmosphere, plus many restaurants and bars to dine in.
To escape the people, head to the north of the island for a little exploration. There’s a salt lake in an extinct volcanic crater which is supposed to be one of the most impressive sights on Sal.
Pico do Fogo
Visit the highest peak of Cape Verde with a trip to Pico do Fogo. It’s an active stratovolcano that stands at 2829m high, but don’t get too worried. The main cone last erupted in 1675, though there have been several recordings of minor eruptions over the years.
It’s the youngest volcano in the islands, and needless to say, the views are spectacular when heading up. The slopes are used to grow coffee and its lava is used for building materials. A typical journey up the volcano takes around 3 to 4 hours but it’s well worth the trip.
The westernmost islands of Cabo Verde, Santo Antao’s also the second largest in the archipelago. It’s mainly made up of volcanic material and is known for being one of the most mountainous islands of Cape Verde.
Tope de Coroa is the tallest mountain at 1979m followed by Pico da Cruz at 1585m. Santo Antao has a dry tropical climate, with average temperatures of 23°.
The capital of Santo Antao, Ribeira Grande, has a local food market (Mercado Municipal), as well as the pretty Nossa Senhora do Rosario church. In the second largest city on the island, Porto Novo, take in the sights of local living. Visit the food markets selling fresh fish and goat’s cheese and don’t leave without visiting the harbour.
Ponta do Sol
Another pretty town worth visiting is Ponta do Sol. It sits on the northernmost tip of Santo Antao, and is perfect for a spot of romance. There’s a small fishing port called Boca de Pistola, with picturesque views overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Don’t forget to bring your swimming gear, as there are several local beaches near the town that include Aranhas and Motche.