Only nine of the Cape Verde islands are inhabited and tourism is in its infancy, so now is the time to visit these unusual islands, just a four hour flight from Portugal.

With moderate temperatures throughout the year it’s a popular place for holidaymakers to visit, whether it’s for diving, kitesurfing, exploring the lush mountains, laying on deserted beaches or discovering historical monuments. Divers should head to the island of Sal, however it is possible to extend your holiday and visit other islands.

Sal offers unique, tropical underwater scenery, unlike anything found on the West Africa coast or the Canary Islands, and more comparable to that of the Caribbean. São Vicente is home to the town of Mindelo, famous for its beauty and well preserved colonial architecture. Music lovers should head to the Baia das Gatas Festival in August.Santo Antão is the most northerly and westerly island of the archipelago, is lush and mountainous. Nature lovers will enjoy trekking along towering mountains and cliffs.

  • Ideal for viewing: nurse shark, loggerhead turtle, humpback whale, giant oceanic manta ray

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