Cape Verde is gradually becoming a more popular tourist destination for British holiday goers. The West African country may not seem impressive at first, however these small islands have a lot to offer. Here are just a few of the things to see and do in Cape Verde.

What is there to see?

Santo Antão – The Mountain Island

For both hikers and sightseers, Cape Verde’s second largest island should not be missed. Unlike many other islands that are known for their beaches and flat landscape, Santo Antão is filled with pine forests and extinct volcanoes.  The best area for hiking is the north east side, which is more accessible than some other areas of the island. While no planes fly directly to Santo Antão, it is accessible by boats in Sal and is great for a day trip.

Fogo – Volcano Island

Fogo is well known for it’s large volcano called ‘Pico do Fogo’, an an active volcano that last erupted in 2014. The mountain rises to nearly 3000 metres, making it the highest point of Cape Verde and offering some great views.

Bay of Faja D’Agua

Found on the smallest island of Brava, the natural bay of Faja D’Agua is a beautiful sight. Unlike many bays around the world, Faja D’Agua is completely undeveloped.

What is there to do?

If Island hopping isn’t your thing, there is loads to do on the biggest island Sal, where most people choose to stay. Here are just a few things you can do in Cape Verde.

Santa Maria Beach

Located in Sal, this 8 km beach has remained relatively unspoiled despite its popularity among tourists. This is partly due to it being the hatching site of baby turtles in November and December. In addition to being a great place to relax, snorkelling and water sports are popular between January and June.

Horse riding and Quad biking

The coast of Sal is mostly flat, so travelling the island via horseback is a great way to view the scenery. If horse riding isn’t your thing, guided quad bike tours are available, or go at your own pace by renting your own!


Cape Verdean food is unique due to the large mix of influences that go into the dishes. As an archipelago, sea food is a key feature in many dishes. On top of this, the island is influenced by West African flavours and its Portuguese heritage, resulting in some truly delicious dishes.

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