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The island's main attraction is its volcano, from the summit (3,000 metres) of which you can admire the ocean panorama.

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Fogo Island Cape Verde
Amy Adejokun
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Discover Fogo Island

With a gigantic volcanic cone emerging from the ocean, Fogo 'the volcano island' will make hikers happy. Spectacular, with its very uneven relief, it has a magnificent caldeira 5 miles in diameter with sheer walls. Half the caldeira has collapsed due to a young volcano that, with its black cone with perfect proportions, is the highest point of the archipelago (El Pico: 2,829 m). You can climb it with a guide and be prepared for a breathtaking panorama from its summit of immense cliffs, fields of lava, vast rivers of cold lava plunging into the sea in the background (for accommodation, there is a comfortable pousada made of stone lava in Portela, at the foot of the volcano). To visit: the village of Mosteiros and its coffee plantations in the north, together with the little fishing village of Ponte da Salina.

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Fogo Island

The volcano of Fogo, Cape Verde, Fogo Island, Landscapes, Cape Verde
The volcano of Fogo, Cape Verde

The island bears the name of its still active volcano: the eruption of 1680 could be seen for miles around.

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Fogo Island © iStockphoto.com / Sabine Hortebusch
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Fogo Island © iStockphoto.com / Raul Rosa
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