Extreme Sports in Cape Verde

Cape Verde is known not just for its glorious, year-round summertime, but its array of adrenaline-heavy sports made that much better by the sunshine and warm water.

As temperatures dip in winter and spring in the United Kingdom, the winds pick up on the Cape Verde islands, making it one of the top places in the world to go surfing. Fans of extreme sports have been known to migrate here permanently because of the excellent, and reliable, conditions.

Where there’s extreme sports, there are schools to get you started. No need to worry if you’re a novice as courses come in all levels. This means every adventurer gets a chance at soaring over the waves on a flyboard, high-fiving a turtle at an underwater cave or hiking to the once lava-coated peak of an active volcano.

Wind and kite surfing

Holidaymakers far and wide seek out Cape Verde for its top wind and kite-surfing conditions. From November to April, strong winds consistently reach these beaches and make them some of the best places to catch a wave.

What’s more, kite and wind-surfing are so popular here that, if you’re staying at an All Inclusive hotel, chances are they’ll be able to hook you up with local instructors and courses.


Hiking might not ordinarily be considered an extreme sport, but it is in Cape Verde – especially when you’re treading on an active volcano.

Mount Fogo – found on Fogo Island – is the highest point in all of Cape Verde. Its last eruption was in 1995, but that doesn’t stop tour guides from taking adventurous holidaymakers all the way to the top.

It’ll take you around three and a half hours to reach the peak, but once you’re there, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views extending out to sea and across the part-dune, part-green landscape.


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