Cape Verde in general
The republic of Cape Verde, also known these days as Cabo Verde, is an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, in front of the West coast of Africa by Senegal.
The islands are becoming more popular as a holiday destination and the most important reasons for this are the favourable subtropical climate and diversity in landscapes.
The Cabo Verde islands are named after the Senegalese Green Cape, the closest land to the islands. This was a Cape with a lot of green vegetation. However don't be mislead by this name. Not all the islands are green and they can be classified by landscape. There are 10 islands in total of which 9 inhabited:
- Sal, Boa Vista and Maio: deserted, dry islands with long white sand beaches
- Santo Antão, São Nicolau, Santiago, Brava: mountain islands with green valleys and steep rocky coastlines
- Fogo: volcanic black mountain landscape
- São Vicente: a mixture of dry areas, some green parts, few white sand beaches, volcanic mountains and steep rocky coastlines
- Santa Luzia: protected nature area with dry steep mountains and white sand beaches
The best known islands for tourism are Sal and Boa Vista. Here you'll find endless white sand beaches with clear water, palmtrees, temperatures who never drop under 21 degrees and the sun shining almost year round.
The flights from Europe are around 6 hours flying, so for many the destination became the African Caribbean or new Canary islands.