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Where every island is an adventure

Tourists should imagine this when visiting the archipelago nation of Cape Verde: the welcoming sun will always accompany them as they go from island to island. Cognac in hand and camera in another, they will spend fruitful moments enjoying the Atlantic breeze and the seascape. Taking the perfect photo in this African country is always possible. That is, having a glass of brandy and an Instagram snap.

The 10 islands of Cape Verde, located off the coast of tourist-rich Senegal, boast superb beaches and other attractive sites that will impress even the pickiest sun-seekers. This archipelago is not yet on the radar of many tourists, so those visiting this charming destination can still enjoy a less crowded vacation.

ten Santo Antao

The mountainous island of Santo Antao is a hiker’s paradise. Upon reaching this destination, some might wonder how this island is filled with lush greenery and varied landscapes.

Add to that the pristine Atlantic coast and a visit to Santo Antao means becoming one with nature every day.

From its river valleys to the plateaus, hikers will enjoy crossing rivers while appreciating the wonders of Mother Nature. They might even spot a creature or two. The trails are challenging but rewarding, and a repeat is a must.

9 Sao Vicente

Those who want to paint the city red shouldn’t miss Sao Vicente’s nightlife. Its nightlife and carnival are thriving, perhaps because its capital Mindelo is the birthplace of the famous singer Cesária Évora.

In the morning, tourists can walk around the city and observe the bustle of the fishing village. They can also discover its natural sites, such as the rivers and Monte Verde.

When the sun goes down, it’s time to party on the beach and live life to the fullest.

8 Sao Nicolau

Sao Nicolau has two main towns: Tarrafal and Ribeira Brava. The first is located by the sea, making it easily a meeting place for ocean lovers. The latter, on the other hand, is hugged by mountains and is known for its colonial structures.

The island has the best of both worlds: sandy shores and scenic trails. There’s something for everyone in Sao Nicolau: tourists can keep busy exploring the towns, beachgoers can soak up all the sun, and hikers will have a solid day.

seven Sal

Sal’s white sand beach looks stunning in photos, especially when the tourists are there. Sun worshipers flock to this island, enjoying the breeze, beauty and bliss.

Who wouldn’t want to visit this place? Its water condition is perfect for surfing, diving, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Not only will the tourists have fun, but they will also have the wind as another friend.

Fishermen are also welcome, alongside tourists who want to experience a salt crater, a lava pool and a botanical garden, among others. Hi Sal!

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6 Boa Vista

Boa Vista is all about sand, sand and sand, as it is not only famous for its pristine beaches, but also for its desert.

It has several beaches, such as Atalanta, where you can see a wreck; Cabral near an abandoned chapel; and Ervatão, Santa Mónica, Varandinha and Gatas, which are part of nature reserves.

Those who can’t get enough of the sand can also explore the Deserto de Viana, a welcoming desert area where peace is always close at hand. Boa Vista is also known for its turtles, so tourists should keep their eyes peeled for these shelled friends.

5 Mayo

Maio probably has some of the best beaches in Cape Verde, if not the world. They remain sheltered from the intense waterfront development, so bathers will have a relaxing time enjoying the sound of the crashing waves or a quick read.

Its northern part has dunes and forest, while the towns are full of historic buildings.

Its bays and lagoons are the perfect places to relax after hiking or sightseeing. On the peaceful island of Maio, the sound of nature is a lullaby.

4 santiago

Santiago is the largest island in Cape Verde and home to Praia, the national capital. As such, it serves as the gateway to this African destination. Praia is full of historical and cultural places, such as museums. It also has different viewpoints for ocean lovers.

Praia, after all, means beach in Portuguese. The island is also proud of the town of Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, praised for its well-preserved colonial settlements, churches, fortress and plaza. The island is always ready to welcome visitors, thanks to the hospitable inhabitants.

3 Fogo

Tours to Fogo Island are one of a kind due to the presence of a majestic Pico do Fogo volcano. Although active, the summit of the volcano can be reached after six hours of hiking, a tantalizing prospect for hikers who want to try something new.

The island produces a unique high-alcohol wine, something to try when tourists want to end their day reminiscing on the breathtaking sights and sounds of Fogo, which means fire in Portuguese. It is indeed a hot destination.

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2 Cheer

Brava is Cape Verde’s smallest island but probably has the grandest offerings. Its greenery is incomparable, from the valleys to the peaks.

Flowers bloom everywhere and the natural pool on the island has crystal clear waters where the reflection of a tourist can always be seen smiling. As it should be because this destination is the superlative form of paradise.

The trails are scenic and its towns are peaceful, so it’s easy to fall in love with the island. From shore to heart, Brava is bravo!

1 St. Luzia

Santa Luzia is the only uninhabited island in Cape Verde and is only open to fishermen and biologists. Tourists are not banned from visiting the island as they can join fishing charters near the island. The area is protected, so scientists can study its resident species. Its vast landscape is made up of beaches, dunes, rugged coastlines and Topona, its highest peak.

Today a nature reserve, Santa Luzia is provisionally listed as a World Heritage Site. Tourists should understand that some destinations should remain free. Cape Verde, after all, has other fascinating islands.