One of the best and least known destinations to escape to for some sea and sand is Cape Verde, a volcanic island group that lies in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Africa. The islands are filled with lush valleys, mountains, white sandy beaches and a towering volcano. They enjoy a tropical climate with lot of sun and little rain.
The nation has a population of approximately 500,000 and the capital city is Cidade de Praia. Most people speak Portuguese as it used to be a Portuguese colony until 1975 when it gained independence.
Cape Verde consists of nine islands that are inhabited and each of them seems to have its own character, culture, and personality. The island known as Sal is quite popular for sun lovers due to its beautiful beaches which are ideal for water sports and sunbathing. If you head to the town of Santa Maria, you’ll find one of the best areas in the world for surfing.
There are plenty of charming fishing villages to visit, as well as historical sites and ruins from the Portuguese era. The most cosmopolitan island is Sao Vicente, and its port of Mindelo offers a thriving music scene to go along with its colonial buildings. .
Most visitors to Cape Verde love to spend as much time outdoors as possible because of the amazing natural beauty the islands have to offer. You can explore the islands by hiking and no matter which of the islands you decide to visit you’re bound to enjoy it immensely.