Cape Verde, an African island state located about 500 km from the Senegalese coast. It is made up of 10 islands and several islets nestled in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. When you visit Cape Verde, you will realise that it is incredibly diverse. Each island has a unique and authentic charm! This stunning chain of islands presents a captivating mix of mountains, beaches and peaceful seaside villages. As soon as we arrive in Cape Verde, we all appreciate the warm local hospitality of Cape Verdeans. Their emblematic “no stress” allows you to enjoy your holidays in a simple and joyful atmosphere. The constant rhythm of the music Cape Verde is famous for gives a melodious tempo to the trip. Immerse yourself in the culinary habits of the locals in the markets of Praia or São Vicente. Discover the colourful markets of Praia, tasting the local and tasty gastronomy of the country such as cachupa, the national dish of Cape Verde. Freshly caught fish and lobster are very popular with visitors.
The relief and the type of soil of Cape Verde are conditioned by its recent volcanic origin. Fogo, the volcano located on the island of the same name which erupted in 1951, is the highest altitude in the archipelago, with 2,829 m. Enjoy a varied landscape of great beauty. Hike the green valleys of Santo Antão or the island of Fogo. Enjoy the turquoise waters and sumptuous white sand beaches of Sao Vicente, Sal and Boa Vista. When you leave the beaches of Sal in preference of those of the great dune of Boa Vista, Cape Verde promises beautiful encounters on lands still relatively untouched by tourists.
São Vicente, the island of Cesária Évora the “little Brazil” conceals many treasures and a rich cultural heritage. The Mindelo carnival alone can be a motivation in the colorful archipelago.
Why travel to cape-verde?
We choose to travel to Cape Verde for its captivating landscapes just as much as its intoxicating culture. Each island of Cape Verde is unique with its own identity.
The Windward Islands, these are the 6 northern islands of the archipelago. Santo Antão and its legendary rope route. The favorite island of hikers and its breathtaking landscapes. São Vicente, city of relaxation and culture, is home to the cultural capital of the islands, Mindelo, which vibrates with bars and music clubs. São Nicolau, a unique and very endearing island which has preserved all the traditions and customs of Cape Verde. Santa Luzia and its protected areas is a place of reproduction of marine species, in particular the Bossa whale and the turtle. Sal, nicknamed “mini Hawaii”, is a favorite spot for surfers and lazy lovers. BoaVista immerses us in its dunes, its beaches and the Viana desert.
The Leeward Islands are the four southern islands of the archipelago. Santiago, a true sanctuary of African culture with an influence from Brazil, enjoys contrasting landscapes between the north and the south. Maio is a land of escape with its sublime fine sandy beaches. Brava the garden island with its authentic architecture, Fogo with its volcano.
With its hot and dry tropical climate, Cape Verde has two seasons: the rainy season between July and October, and the dry season from November to June with a particularly strong wind between December and March. The average temperature varies between 20 ° C to 25 ° C throughout the year. You can therefore visit Cape Verde all year round. Note that the months of December to February are windier. The months of September and October are warmer and more rainy, but still pleasant.
Commitment to sustainable tourism
While the population does not see the fallout from mass tourism, the state of Cape Verde wishes to involve them in welcoming visitors looking for more authentic stays. Travellers are made aware of locally made crafts to support Cape Verde’s know-how and economy. Incoming staff are invited to raise awareness among their teams and customers through the Ethics Charter for Travellers, an extract which goes as follows. “Take only the essentials, and save room in the suitcase to bring home made souvenirs. Learn about the practice and limits of price haggling and the tips left to professionals: restaurants, accommodation, guides, artisans, traders, without persisting in seeking privileges.” In this way, receptives are invited to favour accommodation which has good environmental and social management and which is sensitive to the enhancement of heritage, whatever the type of establishment.