15 destinations to visit in Cabo Verde

Gunel Eyvazli 06 January 2021 2950 views 5 min. read

Every year over one million people visit Cabo Verde or Cape Verde including a group of islands. Where is Cabo Verde? How to get to Cabo Verde? Where is the capital of Cabo Verde? What is the best time visit Cabo Verde? Cabo Verde is situated in the west part of Africa, and the capital is Praia. Because of the number of sunny days (350 days of sunshine), Cabo Verde welcomes tourists almost the most time of the year and offers its stunning nature. We want to talk more about this country, its nature, and especially, 15 destinations to visit in Cabo Verde. If you are ready, join and explore Cabo Verde with us, but before that, let's give some brief information about its location and population.

Where is Cabo Verde? Is it located on a divergent plate boundary or convergent plate boundary? Cabo Verde is located in the central Atlantic Ocean, volcanic islands and several islets come together and create our majestic country, Cabo Verde. The capital, economic, political, and cultural center of Cabo Verde is Praia located on Santiago island, that city is also one of the best places to visit in Cabo Verde. Almost 500 000 people are living on these islands. Their religion is mostly Christianity, with about 85% of all population. Now, we slowly start to transform our Cabo Verde picture from blurry version to high quality, and on the way to HD quality, let's meet 15 destinations to visit! We will take a look at Cabo Verde popular places, take a coffee, it will be a long, exciting journey!

1. Fogo

volcano on fogo island

Fogo island rose from the sea due to volcanic eruption and is one of Cabo Verde popular places for its volcanic scenes. There is an active volcano where you can climb and enjoy the new type of entertainment. Pico do Fogo volcano (2829m) dominates the island's landscape. Beside volcano, local coffee, its special wine, Portuguese architecture add additional taste to this island. Cabo Verde Hotels such as Colonial Guest House and Hotel Xaguate offer their services in Fogo.

2. Sal

santa maria beach

Sal is one of the most popular Cabo Verde islands. We can call here the paradise of a beach lover; we can encounter golden sandy beaches, some amazing phenomena of nature, the ocean and other stuff that have become one of Cabo Verde popular places for holidaymakers. The best time visit Cabo Verde for Sal is in September. There is a festival in September called the Municipality Day Santa Maria Festival. In Sal, Hotel Morabeza, Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort, Oasis Salinas Sea and so on, there are plenty of Cabo Verde hotels, with price variations depending on nights and number of persons.

3. Palmeira

palmeira fishing village

Palmeira is a busy harbor town on the sunny, sandy island of Sal, responsible for many of the international trade of Cape Verde. In Palmeira, there is plenty to draw visitors to the city during a visit to Cabo Verde, including many restaurants, lively bars, and beautiful architecture. Sol Dunes, Melia Dunas Beach, is a Cabo Verde hotel located in this town.

4. Santa Maria

sal island

Santa Maria is the best place to visit in Cabo Verde, also situated on the island of Sal, is a vibrant and developed city. The city's Cabo Verde hotels are of the highest quality and can quickly meet, if not exceed, the needs of European and North American travellers. The key sight here is the Weighhouse in the old harbour for visitors looking for culture and history, which was used in the past to weigh salt before export. Hotels include the Morabeza Hotel, Hotel Central.

5. Praia

aerial view of praia city

Praia is the capital of Cabo Verde, and the biggest city of Santiago island, where approximately 130,000 people live here, is the almost 20% of total Cape Verde population. In Cabo Verde's social and economic centre, historical remnants are hidden on every corner of the city. Museums, Sala-Museo Amicar Cabral-about history behind the West African revolutions and independence, an ethnography museum, an archaeological museum are located in the capital of Cabo Verde, Praia. Some people can ask where is Cabo Verde? How to get to Cabo Verde? Do not worry! Praia has an international airport.

6. Santo Antao

hiking path

Santo Antao is the area that humans have almost untouched, and it provides an opportunity to venture into a new land that no one has been yet. Imagine stunning panoramas set against a clear blue sky and deep ribbons-welcome to Santo Antao. In Santo Antao, embarking on a guided trek is the most recommended activity.

7. Sao Nicolau

carbeirinho cliffs

Sao Nicolau is a breathtaking island with some of the archipelago's most beautiful scenery in its desolate ranges. Experience the most beautiful valley of the island-Ribeira Prata. With two ways you can explore this beautiful valley: walking or by car. You can also visit Carneirinho to see an area where impressive rock formations have been sculpted, making a fascinating lunar landscape.

8. Ribeira Grande

huge barren mountain peaks

Ribeira Grande is a cosy but beautiful city on Santo Antao's island, nestled in a valley of the same name. The tourist attractions include a vibrant food market and a clothing market and the Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosario. You should also try the hot springs in the town for relaxation, a popular tourist attraction, but still, maintain a relaxed and natural feeling.

9. Porto Novo

coast with villas and natural harbor

Located on Santo Antao's island, this city has a constant dry feeling, aggravated by the humid, dusty wind that is blowing here. The town is home to a large museum that documents the lives of the past kings of Porto Novo and a royal palace and other government and colonial buildings worth visiting.

10. Ribeira Brava

ribeira brava

Brava is a place to explore, enjoy long walks, and marvel at the scenery for relaxation. You can visit here by ferries that operate from Santiago and Fogo's islands, with fluctuating sailing times. Faja d'Agua is the island's greenest place and one of Cape Verde's most stunning bays. You can visit this island, particularly in the mountains, for a walk.

11. Santa Luzia

beach on uninhabited

Santa Luzia is located between Sao Vicente and Sao Nicolau. Santa Luzia is the smallest of Cabo Verde islands and the only one which is uninhabited. Dry island's highest point is called Topona at 395m. Calhau has been the only way to reach the island. It can be more difficult to say than "how to get to Cabo Verde?", but you can enhance your view of unpopulated areas after the Santa Luzia trip, then you'll have a story for future generations.

12. Maio

beautiful view of the bay

Maio island is renowned for its secluded and heavenly beaches. For those looking for a relaxing beach vacation in a beautiful location, the golden sand and calm sea conditions make the island the first option. The many unusual birds that visit include rare larks and courses, and bird-watchers will find the island a paradise. Vila do Maio, the island's capital, is situated on the seafront and is home to a beautiful Portuguese colonial church.

13. Boa Vista

boa vista

You can recall the name of Portugal's Boavista football club on this island, but there is no contact between the two titles. To make a truly fantastic holiday destination, the vast stretches of untouched golden sand, lush, turquoise seas, and atmosphere combine. Avatar Beach in Boa Vista is considered the world's third most important nesting site for loggerhead turtles. The best time visit Cabo Verde is between July and September, and as the evenings and nights close in, you can witness the turtles making their way across the sand to nest and lay their eggs. Relaxing on the sand, visiting the Cabo Santa Maria shipwreck, exploring the desert of Viana, when you visit Boa Vista, should be on the to-do list.

14. Santiago

Santiago is the largest of Cabo Verde islands, and capital of Cabo Verde, Praia is located on this island. Rugged mountains and booming African cities meet green valleys and plush plantations, giving tourists yet another side to the incredible diversity of Cape Verde. In Santiago, hiking is a common pastime, as the changing landscapes are impressive. You can choose to hike up to Cape Verde's largest and most majestic tree, believed to be about 800 years old.

15. Sao Filipe

forte real de sao filipe fortress

The airport on the island of Fogo is home to Sao Filipe. It has beaches of black lava and is a truly picturesque town. Alto San Pedro, a wide plaza, divides the upper and lower parts of the city. It is best to drive a short distance from a region where the beaches are much better since you plan to visit ashore in Sal Felipe.

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