Cape Verde; the alternative Caribbean
If you’re looking to relax on sandy beaches with clear blue water, holidays to Cape Verde are the choice for you. You can always island-hop once you’re there, but one of the most popular destinations for a bit of sun and sand is the fishing port of Santa Maria, located in the south of the island of Sal.
This bustling area with its palm trees, cobbled streets and colourful houses is filled with cafes, restaurants and boutiques. But it’s the eight kilometer stretch of fine sand, appearing to disappear off into the distance, that is the real attraction. At a fast walking pace, it takes around an hour to get from one end of the beach to the other.
Sal is actually Portuguese for ‘salt’, as this is a former centre for salt production. If you head to Pedra Lume Salt Crater, you can lie back and experience the strange sensation of floating Dead Sea-style in the warm volcanic water. You can even indulge in a medicinal clay bath afterwards.
Enjoy the views of this paradise island by putting your feet up on a sun lounger with a glass of rum – Aguardiente is the traditional tipple and available at most beach bars.
Sea life in the Cape Verde Islands
The Cape Verde islands offer a fantastic array of marine life. You can whale-watch between May and September, go snorkeling and diving, or experience some turtle-watching on Sal and Boa Vista. Boa Vista – meaning ‘beautiful view’ – has 55 kilometers of uninterrupted sandy coastline which is abundant with a plethora of creatures.
The group of islands is one of the most important nesting areas in the world for big loggerhead turtles. You can take a night safari to see the turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs, but try to pick a reputable conservation company to guide you so you can have the best experience possible.
If you’re a nature-lover and want to see the many species inhabiting the islands all in one place, take a day trip to Santiago. It’s the largest of the Cape Verde islands, and also boasts green, or verde, valleys, which is a special sight given its proximity to the Sahara desert.
The food to enjoy on Cape Verde holidays
There’s a rich and varied culture to explore across the islands. This includes Cape Verdean food, influenced by Creole, African and Portuguese flavours. Fresh locally caught fish is incorporated into much of the food, and you can even watch the fishermen sell their day’s catch on the piers.
Much produce used in the dishes you’ll try– onions, tomatoes, cabbage, dried beans and kale – is all grown on the islands, and a dish you must try is the Capucha rice: a slow-cooked stew with marinated tuna, beans, mashed corn and vegetables.
A good way to immerse yourself and have fun is to visit the traditional African markets, but if tasting local delicacies doesn’t tickle your fancy, you’ll also find plenty of other delicacies on the islands – including the universally known and loved pizza.
The culture to experience on Cape Verde holidays
Old Colonial buildings on the islands serve as a stark reminder of their slave-trade past. In Sal Rei, the capital of Boa Vista, there are colonial buildings as well as an impressive church. However, the elegant Mindelo Port in Sao Vicente is considered the cultural capital of all the islands.
With its fine sandy beaches, clear blue sea, incredible wildlife, great food and bar scene, Cape Verde is the perfect place to lay your hat and – with great weather and discounts of up to 70% on Cape Verde holidays all year round – this destination offers it all.
Frequently asked questions about holidays to Cape Verde
Question: What is the best month to go to Cape Verde?
Answer: With hot temperatures and sunny skies all year round, you can relax and enjoy the white sandy beaches that surround these islands. When searching for your holiday to Cape Verde, always keep in mind that different durations and alternative dates can result in cheaper prices. Whenever you choose to go, you’re guaranteed to have the best time possible.
Question: What are the hottest months in Cape Verde?
Answer: Cape Verde is hot all year round, but during the wettest season towards the end of the year, you’ll find the hottest temperatures. With temperatures averaging between 24 and 30 degrees most of the year, you’re guaranteed sizzling sun no matter where you are.
Question: Is Cape Verde expensive?
Answer: Choose an all inclusive holiday to Cape Verde and avoid expensive costs later down the line. Include everything in one price and enjoy your holiday without the stresses of last minute bills and surprise payments. Travel to a lesser known island to save more money or be flexible with your dates and you could save even more. Also, keep an eye out for discounts and offers to help reduce the price even further.
Question: Where are the best beaches in Cape Verde?
Answer: Sal and Boa Vista offer the most popular beaches with golden sandy beaches on offer on Sal, described as a beach lover’s paradise by many. You’ll find most holiday makers travel to Sal on holiday to experience it’s tranquil beaches and amazing views from the shoreline.
Question: Is Cape Verde a good family holiday destination?
Answer: With so much to do for all of the family as well as soaking up the sunshine, walking and playing on beautiful beaches and kids activities at the accommodations, Cape Verde is an excellent choice for the family. Check out our family holidays to Cape Verde and treat yourself and your loved ones to an unforgettable experience.