There’s a murmur in the world of travel. A whisper of excitement about a destination that has got holiday goers hot and bothered… that destination is Cape Verde. Those travellers ‘in the know’, have been visiting Cape Verde for a while and so the interest was piqued and slowly turned this archipelago of volcanic islands into a mecca for those seeking sun, sea and most definitely …surf.
Surfing is big in Cape Verde and that is enough to draw many visitors. Surfing by day, along the miles and miles of often untouched beaches, alongside delicious, al fresco dining at night, it sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t it? The reason the surf is so renowned is because of the constant trade winds. It’s this wind that has put Cape Verde on the map as one of the best surfing locations in the world. The tropical waters have pleasant temperatures so, no matter what time of year you visit Cape Verde, you’ll find a lively surf spot. Not just surfing, the wind makes it a paradise for all watersports including windsurfing and kite surfing.
Sal is Cape Verde’s most popular island. The spectacular volcanic backdrop has gained the island a reputation for excellent hiking trails, across moon-like landscapes. The town of Santa Maria is popular. It is quaint- you’ll find little backstreets dotted with surf shops and traditional restaurants offering al fresco dining. The vibe across the island of Sal is chilled, it really won’t take you long to relax, but if you’re after a late-night drink and maybe a spot of karaoke, Santa Maria has it all.
Boa Vista is wrapped in white sandy beaches; it’s not as popular as Sal for surfing but a perfect location to get away from the rest of the world. Boa Vista translates to ‘beautiful view’ so if an escape is what you’re after, this is an ideal choice. Head to the Curralinho district or Praia Chave for cool cafes, delicious seafood and tempting cocktails whilst watching the sunset over the sand dunes.
Dig a little deeper and you’ll soon see that Cape Verde has more to offer than just surfing. The country has an eclectic mix of nationalities, from Portuguese to African and Brazilian, so everywhere you turn, you’ll stumble on a different experience, be it the music in the lively bars or the sensational meals served in the trendy restaurants.