Cape Verde is one of amazing place to have a great holiday in the world. But where to go in Cape Verde to see this places? Here is the list where to go in Cape Verde?
The lighthouse of Dona Maria Pia
Located at the southern end of Santiago Island near the capital of Cape Verde, the Dona Maria Pia lighthouse marks the entrance to Praia’s port. It is the first monument of the island that tourists arriving to the archipelago by boat can see. Built in 1881, it is still used as a landmark by sailors, but urbanization having caught up with it, it is now in the embassy district. The lighthouse was named in honor of the Queen of Portugal, Maria Pia of Savoy.
The beach of Santa Maria
In the south of the island of Sal, the beach Santa Maria is considered the most beautiful of the country with its golden sand interspersed with shells, and its turquoise water. High place of seaside tourism, it offers all the usual amenities for bathers and water sports enthusiasts (kite surfing, windsurfing, scuba diving). The village in the background, which has retained its picturesque charm with its narrow streets and colorful buildings, is also worth a look.
Tarrafal, between sea and mountain
At the northern tip of the island of Santiago is the town of Tarrafal, home to a small fishing port, as well as several sublime beaches including a black sand beach of volcanic origin. The maritime area is known to be part of the migratory routes of whales and dolphins that can be observed from January to March, as well as turtles that come to lay during the fall. Lovers of hiking can travel the mountainous areas nearby.
The Real Fortress of San Felipe
Cicede Velha, also called Sidadi, is the ancient capital of Cape Verde and the oldest inhabited city in the whole archipelago. Its historical center with numerous monuments is as such a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The heights of the city are dominated by the imposing San Felipe Fortress, which offers a superb view of the sea. The fortress is also the starting point for a tour of the entire plateau and its baobab valley.
The village of Fontainhas
Perched on the heights of the mountainous island of Santo Antao, Fontainhas is a small village with brightly colored houses, which is very popular with professional and amateur photographers from all over the world. Accessible by a paved road from the coast, it offers a breathtaking view of the most beautiful landscapes of Cape Verde: to the north a bird’s eye view of the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south a snapshot of the rocky foothills covered with tropical vegetation .
The volcanic island of Fogo
The island of Fogo is certainly the most unusual of the archipelago with its majestic volcano nearly 3000 meters high, still active. It is the ideal place for those who do not want to just take a pill on the beach, and prefer to go hiking in nature. The trails dedicated to volcanic trekking (with a local guide) lead to the crater, and allow to discover in passing several species of endemic plants.
The caldeira of Cova de Paul
Originally 100% volcanic, the island of Santo Antao contains various calderas, of which Cova de Paul is one of the most impressive and best preserved. In the absence of an eruption, the vegetation has conquered the old crater, as well as local farmers, who cultivate directly in the heart of the volcano (now extinct), and who have even installed their homes! The caldera is also the starting point for several hikes in the surrounding valleys.
To the east of the archipelago, the small island of Boa Vista is famous for its timeless villages and traditional music, but also and especially for its beautiful beaches. Little known to the general public, the Chaves beach is enjoying a growing success from year to year. Its white sand, clear water and dunes interspersed with palm trees make it a perfect place to sunbathe and swim near marine torture.
The Viana desert
Among the varied landscapes that can be discovered in Cape Verde, it is also possible to take a trip in a desert! This is the small Viana desert (1 km wide and 5 km long), located north of Boa Vista Island. It is characterized by a unique blend of white sand – from the Sahara and brought by the ocean winds – and black rocks, which are of volcanic origin. The result is a rainbow of hypnotic colors!
Cape Verde is not limited to its grandiose landscapes. The archipelago also has a history, that the inhabitants seek to share and to make known to the visitors. With this in mind, Pelourinho Square is an important place to discover, a symbol of the colonial past of the archipelago that was part of the Portuguese empire. Its central pillory perfectly restored is a place of meditation dedicated to African slaves formerly brought there, before being forcibly transported to America.