Consisting of 10 main islands and eight smaller islands off the west coast of Africa, Cape Verde is an archipelago with so much to offer tourists, both for those looking for a relaxing beach holiday, for those who love sports such as surfing or for those who enjoy hiking in volcanic and mountainous terrain.
Sal, the main tourist island, has beautiful white sandy beaches that can compete with beaches anywhere else in the world, not to mention diving spots and those particularly conducive to water sports.
The Cape Verde Islands are located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean at the height of Senegal. The total area of the archipelago covers 4,033 square kilometers and includes ten largest islands, nine of which are inhabited, and five smaller are uninhabited.
About 135 million years ago, the islands emerged from the sea due to movements of the earth’s crust and volcanic eruptions. The force of wind and rain subsequently modified the islands, giving them strongly contrasting characteristics. The eastern islands, which are distinguished by a flat relief, differ from the western islands, which have a mountainous relief. The area situated to east instead accommodates dry and desert landscapes, beaches of white sand that predominate for example Boavista and Maio; Santo Antão, São Vicente, São Nicolao, Santiago, Fogo and Brava are found instead in the western archipelago and present a rich landscape of mountainous chains, green valleys and majestic volcanoes.
The international airport of Sal is one of the main ports of access to the islands of Cape Verde; in addition to this, the abundance of magnificent white sandy beaches and an ever-present sun have turned Sal into an important tourist destination.
Sal is the most cosmopolitan island of the archipelago, the nightlife in fact abounds thanks to the presence of many bars, clubs and restaurants. The freshly caught fish is always part of the menus offered by the restaurants: steaks of tuna, lobsters and swordfish, cooked according to the best local recipes.
To visit are also the salt mines Pedro Lume, housed within the vast Caldeira, an extinct volcano, with a level of salience equal to that of the Dead Sea.
The wide white sandy beaches characterize the island of Sal, which are in a period of rapid economic development, thus expanding its range of accommodation.
Santa Maria, with its 8 kilometres of white beaches, is another place that deserves to be visited.
One of the first impressions you have when you arrive in Santa Maria is to be catapulted into a beach surrounded by a wild town that seems to be painted in pastel color. Small single houses coloured pink, blue, yellow and terracotta. Here you can also find conditions to play many water sports such as windsurfing, fishing and diving.
Besides the beach, trekking is one of the great activities that can be practiced in Cape Verde. The most popular island among hikers is definitely Santo Antao, thanks to its spectacular landscapes. The island has a vast mountain range that offers a wonderful view and a wonderfully varied flora. Within the island then immense green valleys and lush forests embraced by a crystal clear sea. There are several marked trails on the island, but you can also hire a guide for a walking trip.