Dancing, tradition, warm breeze, colorful clothes, fresh food, openness, people, glow, being close to nature, music, happiness, Africa!
We are glad to announce that the new 7th edition of Bradt's Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) is now available.
This great Bradt travel guide about Cabo Verde by Murray Stewart was our steady companion on all three IWA trips! For this reason, we feel thankful that we are mentioned in the Acknowledgments for our contribution to the updated version of the book, the fact that our photo of the Pico do Fogo (the Fogo volcano) is published and our website is included in the website section!
Check Bradt travel guides to order a copy yourself!
Country’s population: 532,783 inhabitants on nine of the ten islands (Santa Luzia and the islets are uninhabited).
Cabo Verde in three words: amazing hospitality, joie de vivre (‘morabeza’), stunning nature
This is no surprise because there are multiple reasons why Cabo Verde is a wonderful place to visit. The first and obvious reason is because of the nice weather and the fact that it is a dream destination for both windsurfers (Boavista and Sal) and hikers (Santo Antão, São Nicolau). But let’s not forget that Cabo Verde offers so much more than that, as we discovered during our stay…
After we finished our sea turtle internship in Boavista we decided to come back to the island in March 2016 and October 2016. Both times we stayed for one month and travelled between the islands. A convenient feature of the archipelago is the fact that the islands are located close to one another which makes it fairly easy to travel from one island to another, either by boat or by TACV plane.
Still there is so much we haven’t seen; especially on the larger islands teeming with nature and wildlife (for instance Santo Antao) there is so much we still need to explore! And we still haven’t had the chance to experience Brava, that is considered the most beautiful island of Cabo Verde.
Are you curious about the archipelago and do you want to explore the islands by yourself in the near future? More information about the individual islands is offered on the individual island pages! Enjoy the online travel experience as you click on the different islands!
Map of Cabo Verde
A short overview of the different islands and what exactly they offer the independent traveler is provided below!
Islands of Cabo Verde
Santo Antão: goat cheese, grogue, mountain panoramas
The main source of income of Santo Antão is sugar cane cultivation and the production of the drink ‘grogue’. Also, the goat cheese is renowned in the whole of Cabo Verde. The most incredible feature of Santo Antão, however, is its spectacular scenery!
São Vicente: culture, live music, Cesaria Evora
The birth place of the figurehead of morna (a poem set in four-line verses and put to music) Cesaria Evora. The streets of the bustling port metropolis Mindelo are a great place where you can enjoy live music during the weekends!
São Nicolau: Monte Gordo, Dragon tree, village life
São Nicolau is one of the least visited islands of the archipelago. It offers several beautiful walks in the mountains. The colonial architecture, cobbled streets and an impressive Cathedral at the main plaza in Ribeira Brava make for a charming Vila.
Boavista: dessert, (wind) surf, sea turtles
Called the Sahara of the Cabo Verdes, the island is very dry. Similar to Sal, it is the perfect place for watersport enthusiastics. More important, it is also the third most important nesting site for the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta).
Sal: wind- & kitesurfing, long and magnificent beaches, Pedra de Lume
The oldest island in the archipelago and the epicenter of tourism activities in Cabo Verde. This island is very popular by watersport enthusiasts because it is a top windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing destination.
Maio: tranquility, lonely beaches, marine wildlife
The ‘forgotten’ island offers the visitor quiet dunes, secret white-sand beaches in a calm, gentle and welcoming atmosphere. Join the organization Fundacão Maio Biodiversidade (FMB) as a volunteer to protect the marine wildlife.
Santiago: craggy mountains, a strong African flavour, Cidade Velha
The largest island in the archipelago and the principal agricultural producer of Cabo Verde. Visit the colorful Sucupira market in Praia, spectacular mountains, ribeiras and plantations in the interior of the island and the historic Cidade Velha (‘Old City’).
Fogo: Pico de Fogo, goat cheese, coffee (&wine!)
Geologically the youngest island of the archipelago. Ifyou enjoy hiking you can climb the Pico, one of the steepest volcanic calderas in the world. Next to this, Fogo is known for its delicious soft goat cheese, wine and coffee.
Source of information
Cabo Verde magazine December 2015
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