Set sail from the West coast of Africa and you will most likely run into the 10-island archipelago of Cape Verde. This natural paradise harbours untouched white sand beaches, warm waters and volcanic peaks, as well as a wealth of cultural diversity.
Santa María Beach, Sal
The fishing town of Santa María is home to the best beaches in the whole of Cape Verde. Watch the traditional fishing boats come and go or enjoy a great variety of aquatic sports such as diving, surfing and kite-surfing, for which it is world-renowned. Thanks to its colourful corals, majestic sea turtles and tropical fish found in its waters, the archipelago is one of the top ten snorkelling locations in the world.
Sand Dunes, Boa Vista
Chaves Beach is a dreamy landscape where sand dunes rise high and roll out into the placid turquoise waters of the ocean. By day you can appreciate the intriguing shapes of the sand formations and by night the sunsets are spectacular.
Pedra de Lume Salt Crater, Sal
Sal island is named after its most famous export: salt. The crater in Pedra de Lume sits inside a dormant volcano and was previously used to mine salt but these days all you'll find is visitors floating effortlessly in the wonderfully salty water.
Mindelo, Sao Vicente
This beautiful city is the cultural hub of the island of Sao Vicente. It hosts two traditional festivals of great interest; in February Carnival rolls into town whilst in August the Baia das Gatas Music Festival gets underway. Visit the Centro Cultural do Mindelo where you can see exhibitions of local arts and culture, and browse the local crafts, music and books on offer in the centre's shop.
Pico do Fogo, Fogo
Mount Fogo is Cape Verde's highest peak with a summit of 2,829 metres. Although the volcano is still active, and last erupted in 2014, you can find daredevil farmers growing coffee and wine grapes on its cinder slopes. The ascent takes three to four hours but the dramatic view of the volcano rising out from an ancient crater is well worth the work once you reach the top.