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Holidays in Cape Verde

Cape Verde holidays are the ultimate utopia for sun, sea and sand lovers. Coined the African Caribbean, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into the pages of a glossy travel magazine. Floating 350 miles off Africa’s western coast, this mysterious archipelago lies peacefully in a picturesque stretch of the Atlantic Ocean. The ten isles that make up the island country are fairly new on the tourist circuit. Yet, with their sweeping white sands, translucent waters and growing choice of hotels and accommodation options, holidaymakers and travellers that make the choice to visit are immediately bowled over by the overwhelming scenery and diversity on offer.

Discovered and inhabited by the Europeans only a little over 500 years ago but with its proximity to the African mainland, Cape Verde encompasses a mix of Portuguese and African culture. Visitors can experience this through the mouth-watering food, infectious music and traditions, and popular sports including football, windsurfing and dancing. The climate blends a perfect mix of European breeze and African sunshine, too. Annual temperatures hover consistently in the 20Cs and sunshine is a staple around 350 days of the year.

Aside from serene relaxation and fabulous beaches, holidays in Cape Verde offer some great activities. Many are sand or water based, with diving, snorkelling, fishing, whale watching and windsurfing all popular with tourists. But away from the coast, you’ll find shopping in the tradition markets, walking trails, nightlife and plenty more to fill the hours between sunbathing and dinner. This is beach living with an African twist!

Fact File

Flight duration from UK: 5-6 hours

Tourists per year: 540,000 (2014)

Hottest months of the year: August, September, October

Language: Portuguese

Capital: Praia

Currency: Cape Verdean Escudo or CV Esc (Sterling and Euros can be exchange on the islands, Euros are also widely accepted)

Time Zone: GMT-1

Great for: Beach relaxation, romance, couples, year-round sunshine

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