Every island making up the Cape Verdean archipelago has its own distinctive scenery. However, travellers may be surprised to find that the islands are all but verdant. The land extremely arid and harsh, like the neighbouring Senegalese peninsula.
The most beautiful coasts and sandy beaches are on Sal and Boa Vista. On the other islands you will find pebbles and black sand, which also have their own charm.
The flora on Cape Verde is quite limited, however, there are 300 species, most of which were imported by the Portuguese navigators. There is not much fauna on the land. On the other hand, the marine fauna is very rich and diverse, to the delight of divers and fishermen.
There are no museums or monuments, however, various Cape Verdean artists display their work in the local restaurants and bars. You can also visit their workshops, such as the Figueira brothers' (Tchalé and Manuel) at Mindelo on the island of Sao Vicente. Music is also an integral part of the Cape Verdeans' life.
Cape Verde has bags of beaches and unusual landscape to explore. A holiday here isn' your average 'sol y playa' holiday though, so make sure to mingle with the locals and don't be afraid of getting involved in local daily life!