Hidden in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Verde is an island country consisting of a group of 10 volcanic islands. Sometimes referred to as Cabo Verde, this country is named for the westernmost cape of Africa. Nine of the ten islands are inhabited, one is uninhabited, and then there are various islets in between.
The islands were first discovered in 1456 by Portuguese mariners. At the time, the islands were uninhabited yet fertile. And along with it’s fertility came the first settlers who set up home on Ribeira Grande (now known as Cidade Velha). To work the land, settlers began importing slaves, and soon thereafter the islands became a popular station for the slave trade.
Of course, the islands have evolved immensely since this time, and tourism is at the heart of their industry. Today there are many things to do in Cape Verde, and many Cape Verde tours to be offered.
Accord to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the tourism industry in Cape Verde continued to grow in 2017.
And while Cape Verde has plenty of accommodation options for their guests, it seems that an overwhelming 87.5% of people choose to stay in hotels. Other establishments on the island include quaint bed and breakfasts, cozy inns, and beautiful tourist resorts.
The main reason for choosing Cape Verde as a travel destination is obvious - year round sunshine, beautiful sandy beaches and ocean waves. But aside from the usual things to do in Cape Verde, it has so much more to offer.
One of Cape Verde’s biggest gifts to the world comes in the form of it’s cultural music. Here in Cape Verde they play a form of music called “morna” - a dance genre that features instrumentation like clarinets, accordions, violins, pianos, guitars, and cavaquinhos. It is considered to the be national music of Cape Verde.
Cape Verde tours also give visitors the opportunity to explore Africas most westerly point. Santo Antao is an outpost that is often considered to be the most westerly point in Africa. It is home to just 44 000 people, many who live in the small town of Porto Novo. Most of the westerly point is considered desolated beauty with a rocky interior and coffee plantations that line the sides.
Stroll over to Santo Antao and you will see why it is given the title of the “the Most Visibly Volcanic Island in Cape Verde”. Living up to its name, the summit of Pico do Fogo rises over 9, 281 feet in the air. While it does not seem to worry the locals, the volcano is currently active and actually erupted as shortly ago as 2014. For some added adventure you can drive to a small village inside of a volcanic crater. The village has a population of only 1000 and is known as Cha Das Caldeiras.
With all of the things to do in Cape Verde, we can’t forget about the sun. Cape Verde tours are offered year round in a place where the sun never sleeps. August is considered to be the hottest month in Cape Verde, with an average temperature of 27°C (81°F). But even in it’s coldest month, January, the Cape still sees average temperatures of 23°C (73°F).
With so many different islands to visit on the Cape, many visitors choose Cape Verde tours that offer island hopping options. Though the islands are strewn across 1500 square miles of the Atlantic ocean, each island has something unique to offer from the next. Around the isles and inlets you can find an abundance of wildlife including sea turtles, lizards, geckos, and even skinks. The islands are home to over 100 known species of bird, include petrels, the Egyptian vulture, and the flamingo.
So when visiting Cape Verde, come for the sun and stay for all of the amazing things there are to see and do amongst all of the islands.
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