Located off the west coast of Africa, Cape Verde is an archipelago country made-up of 10 volcanic islands, uninhabited until the 15th century. Today Cape Verde is known as a major holiday destination and attracts people from around the world to its pristine beaches, dramatic landscape, and quaint towns. If you’re planning a trip to Cape Verde and are wondering what type of attractions this island paradise has to offer, then here are a few things you’ll want to enjoy along the way.
The tallest peak on Cape Verde is the volcanic cone of Mt Fogo, an ancient crater traditionally known as Chã das Caldeiras. This active volcano last erupted in 1995, yet to this day farmers raise crops of coffee and wine along its fertile slopes, and visitors can also travel the cobbled road that encircles the island and is dotted with lava block houses.
For any history geeks or people who consider themselves connoisseurs of coffee, a trip to the Dja’r Fogo is a must. This café, art gallery, and historical information spot is run by a local artist whose family has had a coffee plantation on the island since 1874.
The Beaches of Cape Verde
Whether you’re looking for a place to relax in the sun or after a thrilling watersport experience there are plenty of great beaches on Cape Verde. The pristine white sand beaches running both directions from Santa Maria on the island of Sal make for the perfect spot to head to for sunbathing or casual swimming. If you’re after something a little more exciting, then consider heading to Boa Vista for sailing, parasailing, windsurfing and more.
Pedra Lume Salt Crater
The extinct volcanic crater of Pedra Lume is approximately 500metres in radius, and its famous salterns began to form in the 18th century. These salt evaporation farms were built over a natural salt lake, which was formed when seawater infiltrated the crater through its base, which is below sea level. Today, salt extraction is currently inactive, but the site still provides some fantastic scenery.
Be sure to head for a night on the town while visiting Cape Verde, and enjoy some traditional local music, which has its roots in African, European, and Latin sounds, creating an up-tempo creole music that is great to dance to or sit back and enjoy.
If you’re considering a trip to Cape Verde, then don’t hesitate to start planning your adventure now, it’s one you won’t regret.
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