One country, ten destinations.
The myth about this African paradise west of Senegal tells the story that when God had finished creating the world after seven days, he shook his hands clean. The remaining crumbs fell into the Atlantic ocean: the Cape Verde Islands, with something for everyone.
From long white beaches to impressive mountainous landscapes and a fascinating and authentic Portuguese-African culture. From colourful markets and fertile valleys to mystical nature walks. Bustling music, luxury resorts, colonial villages and sporty surfing destinations: you’ll find it all here. The archipelago consists of ten exotic islands, each with its own atmosphere, character and reason to visit. Needless to say, island hopping is a must.
You’ll arrive on the island of Sal, the most popular destination with its endless white beaches and luxury resorts. An excellent location to start your holiday, but you can also travel straight to Santiago, the largest island and beating heart of República de Cabo Verde, the official name of this green paradise. Capital Praia includes a colourful mosaic of coloured cottages and is the ideal place to start your holiday in Cape Verde. Stroll across the country’s largest market in Assomada or go surfing in Tarrafal, located in the north. Taste local delicacies and visit the historic Cidade Velha, where you’ll get a glimpse into the archipelago’s interesting colonial past. Done exploring Santiago? Then it’s time to discover the rest.
Nature lovers will have to visit Santo Antão, Fogo or São Nicolau. Let yourself be surprised by Santo Antão’s whimsical and mystical, but also green and exotic landscapes. Travel to Fogo and admire or brave the almost 3000 meters high Pico de Fogo, a still active volcano that erupts regularly. São Nicolau offers the most variety, where forests, valleys, waterfalls, mountains and volcanic areas continuously alternate.
If you love culture, you should pay São Vicente a visit, which is known for its relaxed atmosphere and characteristic live music.
Need some rest? Then stay on Sal or choose Maio or Boa Vista. Maio is the quietest of the bunch and if you’re lucky you can spot whales from the coast. Besides relaxing seaside resorts and well-kept hotels, Boa Vista also has some extra landmarks such as the historic centre of Sal Rei and an impressive shipwreck off the coast.
Finally, there is Santa Luzia, the only uninhabited island where you can stroll, laze on the beach or simply enjoy the omnipresent silence.
Bustling, unique, diverse: Cape Verde has it all. Leave your stress at home and visit ‘God’s crumbs’. Cape Verde: where dreams are lived and memories created.