Holidays in Cape Verde
Cape Verde offers the traveller some spectacular mountain scenery and beautiful deserted beaches. The year-round warm climate offers tourist an alternative to the Canary Isles but as Cape Verde is further south you can expect to pay a little more for your flight. The island of Sal is currently the best island with direct charted flights from the UK and the resort of Santa Maria is the best choice for fist time visitors. Santa Maria is Portuguese for Saint Mary, started as a small fishing town situated in the southern part of the island but has now become one of the best tourist resorts of Cape Verde. The island of Sal is very popular for windsurfers, kite-boarders and surfers alike. The island of Boa Vista also offers a few holidays but is even less developed than the island of Sal.
Dramatic volcanic crags and sweeping beachfronts make Cape Verde an archipelago with an unparallelled silhouette, where Saharan trade winds roll over a unique fusion of Portuguese-African culture and Eastern-Atlantic cuisine. You're just off the northwest coast of Africa in the region's most westernised destination, so you can sample new cultures within the reassuring comforts of familiar holidaymaking philosophies.
How to get there. Throughout the year there are direct charter flights from Birmingham, Gatwick, Manchester, Bristol or Glasgow into the island of Sal and there are further flights from Birmingham, Gatwick and Manchester into Boa Vista. Please ensure that you run a search for each airports to see which is offering the best rates. You will need to be flexible on your dates as many only offer a weekly or twice weekly flight.
Cape Verdean cultural diversions are very similar to those of rural Portugal, celebrating a deep passion for football, church activities and community spirit. A walk round the town square to meet with friends, called a praça, is still a regular custom in Cape Verde, typifying the islands' high regard for socialising.
The Cape Verde diet is mostly based on fish and staple foods like corn and rice. Vegetables available during most of the year are potatoes, onions, tomatoes, manioc, cabbage, kale and dried beans. Fruits such as bananas and papayas are available year-round, while others like mangos and avocados are seasonal.
Cap Verde usually benefits from dry, tropical weather. August is the hottest month with average temperatures of 27°C, and the coolest month is January at 23°C. April gets the most daily sunshine (9 hours), and September receives the most rain with an average of 77mm rainfall.
Things to do
Across the islands that make up Cape Verde you find an astonishing wealth of cultural attractions. Santo Antão is populated with rocky outcrops and vibrant green valleys of flowers and sugarcane that were made for hiking. São Vicente is the cultural capital, pulsating with bars and music. Boa Vista, Sal and Maio are defined by pure white dunes and azure seafronts, reflecting the quintessential elements of long-haul holidays.
Stop dreaming and Go-there.