- Cape Verde
- 7 Nights,
13 Sep 2015
- Bed and Breakfast
- London Gatwick
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A castaway archipelago marooned off the west coast of Africa, Cape Verde holidays are one of the Atlantic Ocean's best kept secrets. A former Portuguese colony, the wonderful cultural mix shines through the towns, beaches and nature of these beautiful islands.
If you're looking for a romantic getaway, or maybe just a simple holiday away from the crowds, look no further than Cape Verde. The place just oozes relaxation, and most visitors take advantage of the quiet coves and long sweeps of sand to top up their tan under the scorching African sun.
Nine of the ten islands in the archipelago are inhabited while Sal and Boa Vista are both popular tourist destinations that mix fantastic accommodations and towns with superb beaches and natural surroundings.
Not your typical tourist destination, the underdeveloped nature of this island is why it is so alluring. The miles of beaches and sand dunes across Boa Vista make it a spectacular destination for ultimate relaxation but the quality hotels and small towns of Santa Monica and Sal Rei provide for all your holiday needs.
The best way to view the varied backdrops will be by taking a quadbike tour around the small island. Boa Vista is one of the most important loggerhead turtle nesting spots on the planet, so try to catch a glimpse without disturbing this natural phenomenon.
Cape Verde's most developed tourist destination still presents beautiful untouched landscapes alongside the popular hotels and towns of Sal. Above all else though, this island is proud to share its abundance of phenomenal beaches with visitors from all over the world.
The island is named after the natural salt craters found inland. Take a dip and float across the salt pools, it's almost impossible to get beneath the surface.
The beaches of Sal are the main attraction though with miles of smooth white sand covering the shoreline. This is the perfect quiet getaway that you've been craving.
Cape Verde's climate is a consistently alluring all year round as the temperatures rarely sway from the mid-twenties in degrees Celsius. Winter months stay at an average temperature of 23C while summer and autumn hovers around 27C.
The islands are famous for its population of turtles with the best time to catch a glimpse of the creatures being July through to December. The parents lay their eggs on the beaches until September and between then and December the babies will hatch. The beaches of Boa Vista and Santa Maria present rare opportunities to see the animals in the wild.
Ocean voyages are found around the coastlines of Cape Verde and you won't return to shore disappointed with what you find. The Atlantic waters near the African coast are home to humpback whales, lemon sharks and an array of tropical fish. Take a catamaran cruise or fishing trip to see what you can spot or catch.
This is natural phenomena found at the Buracona in the north of Sal. Visit this natural rock and ocean formation at noon to catch the Blue Eye, an awesome shimmering moment where the sun makes the rock pools glow so bright it doesn't look real, but amazingly is.
The island of Sal is named after the salt craters that are found inland. Head to the Pedra Lume salt crater found near Espargos where you can swim and float in the salt lake while enjoying the spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.
Taking a quadbike tour around Boa Vista packs some great sights and routes all into one trip. Start off by visiting the eerie shipwreck on the beach, head to the former capital Rabil, as well as riding up and down the sandy dunes that surround Santa Monica Beach.
Whether it's at the Turtle SOS centre in Santa Maria or the open beach at Boa Vista, Cape Verde is one of the best habitats in the world for loggerhead turtles. The islands' presents a unique opportunity to see the docile creatures come to shore and lay eggs from July to September before they hatch around December.
Cape Verde is smack in the trade winds belt, so windsurfing conditions couldn't be better. The winter winds here, which attract national teams, are a steady Force 4 to Force 5, which means exhilarating slalom runs aren't hard to come by.