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Cape Verde Islands

Cape Verde Holidays

This 10-island, mid-Atlantic archipelago offers year round sunshine so is great for a winter getaway. The endless glistening beaches and sapphire-coloured sea, in which to spot turtles and whales, are just some of the reasons that Cape Verde holiday packages are so popular. Conditions are also prime for hiking in the mountain ranges and taking advantage of the winds for watersports.

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Island heritage

Located 500 kilometres away from mainland Senegal in West Africa, these volcanic islands are diverse, but they also have many things in common.

The previously uninhabited Cape Verde islands were first discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th century, creating what was the first European settlement in the tropics. Today, African and Brazilian influences are evident in everything from the food to the architecture and even dance styles. And while the official written language used on the islands is Portuguese, a local Creole language is also spoken.

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Where to stay in Cape Verde Islands

Boa Vista
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With 55 kilometres of beaches, a desert landscape and sand dunes, you'll be amazed at what you see. This is a tranquil island that's great for relaxing and for discovering the wonderful marine life famous in the area, including humpback whales and loggerhead turtles.

Sal
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One of the most popular of the Cape Verde islands, Sal offers near-permanent sunshine glazing over some seriously swoon-worthy beaches. Holidays here are laid-back in nature, spent sharing the shores with wind surfers, floating in salt ponds or marvelling at the spooky natural sites you'll have to see to believe.

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  • Roman Catholic
  • Escudo
  • Portuguese
  • Approx 500,585
  • GMT - 1hr