The islands of Cape Verde offer plenty of opportunities for both relaxing and active holidays. Just a six-hour flight from European airports, this volcanic African archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean is rapidly emerging as a holiday destination for those seeking something different. In a frenetic world, Cape Verde is a welcome retreat.
Although each of the nine islands has its own individual character and unique musical culture, it is Sal, with its long white sandy beaches, which is targeted by European beach buffs and water sports enthusiasts. The main tourist town of Santa Maria is earning its place on the map as a new surfing Mecca, and the trade winds and winter swells also attract wind and kite surfers
As well as engaging in beach activities, holiday-makers in Cape Verde can also visit its mountains and volcanoes, sample the delicious seafood, and experience the interesting African/Portuguese cultural mix. The distinctive music of the islands, carried abroad by renowned 'barefoot diva', Cesara Evora, also adds to Cape Verde's character. These barren and rugged islands are accessible by inter-island ferry or domestic airline, and each has unique sights or experiences to offer.
Exploiting the natural assets of the islands by encouraging tourism has now become a valuable injection for Cape Verde economy, which for the last century has been scourged by drought and heavy emigration.