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Exploring the Islands of Cape Verde

Exploring the Islands of Cape Verde

Approximately 500 km off the West African coast is a scattering of islands which together form a fascinating country. Cape Verde represents a challenging location. However, if you love the sea, excellent mountain landscapes with great hiking, and a polite people with time to strike a mournful tune over a glass of thick red wine, then these desolate lands pounded by a white ocean are for you.

Historical Background of Cape Verde:

Since their discovery in the mid-15th century, people are a unique race, part African, part Portuguese, part of any race with the temerity to land in this isolated, wave pommelled area. Its history was a grim and moving one until the late last century, and the people are filled with a poetry and musicality that represents its past melancholy.

Since their discovery in the mid-15th century, people are a unique race, part African, part Portuguese, part of any race with the temerity to land in this isolated, wave- area. Its history was a grim and moving one until the late last century, and the people are filled with a poetry and musicality that represents its past melancholy.

Landscape of Cape Verde:

Volcanic islands with varying rates of erosion range from over 2,800 meters high to as low as 390 meters, and this translates into landscape differences between islands from brooding volcanoes to flat deserts, and from verdant, brooded mountains to panoramic white and barren beaches.

Best Time to Visit Cape Verde:

All year round the islands are dry and sunny, ranging from 24C average in January to 30C in September. The rainy season is July to the end of October and during this period flooding, restricting walking and traveling, will occur in the ribeiras of Santo Antao (but you can take a chance: it doesn’t rain for some years).

From September through January the islands are at their greenest. Music or party chasers might go to the Sao Vicente carnival in February; to the Baia das Gatas music festival in August; or to the Sao Tiago Gamboa music festival in May.

Below are some of the best islands to explore.

Sal and Boa Vista

With an international airport and trendy beach resorts, the archipelago also has Sal and Boa Vista as the preferred options. Sal and Boa Vista, the easternmost of the Cape Verde Islands, offer world-class, white sand beaches, plenty of sunshine and plenty of outdoor activity opportunities. When you are caught between the two, Sal is the most visited of all the islands, offering the feel of a busy resort. If you’re looking for a more laid-back feel with fewer crowds, virtually empty beaches and less entertainment options, Boa Vista is where you should go.

Fogo

Located in the archipelago’s south-west and renowned for its spectacular and picturesque volcanic scenery, Fogo is a true highlight for those seeking rugged landscapes and outdoor adventures. You’ll find delicious local coffee and popular wine outside the volcano, as well as charming Portuguese squares and wonderful hiking possibilities.

To sum up, Cape Verde is not a nation for people that expect a dream vacation on a plate to be served on. It’s for people who have a bit of the explorer in them, who are curious about people and place; who are going to lap the odds that life on the island could throw at them. But trust us it’s a place worth visiting.

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