Combining outstanding beauty, year-round sunshine, and a melting pot of cultures, the stunning Cape Verde archipelago is emerging as a must-see destination for holidaymakers.

But what exactly is it about the dreamy destination that makes it an essential for the bucket list?

1.       The incredible beaches


Paradise found? You might just think so when you arrive in Cape Verde and are presented with miles of unspoiled, powder-white sands and glistening waters offering the most tempting of invitations to invest in some quality R&R.

From the desert like landscape of Boa Vista to Sal’s stunning sandy stretches, it’s the perfect excuse to flop with a book and long cool drink or try your hand at some of the great watersports on offer.

2.       The glorious weather


Cape Verde enjoys Caribbean-like weather for the majority of the year giving you the option to bask in balmy temperatures whenever you fancy. The warmest months can be enjoyed between August to October when temperatures average around 29 degrees Celsius.

3.       It’s still relatively undiscovered


We all dream of finding that undiscovered slice of paradise on distant shores…and Cape Verde is just that. While recent years have seen the destination emerge as an incredible holiday hotspot, it has still avoided invasion by the masses, and as such allows you to experience the soul and undisturbed beauty of the islands.

4.       The outstanding scenery


From dramatic volcanoes to sky soaring mountains and sandy beaches, the sheer diversity of landscape in Cape Verde is a huge draw for visitors.

Santo Antao, for example, is a dramatic island made up of valleys, gorges and canyons and offers incredible hiking opportunities, while enormous Mount Fogo will treat those brave enough to attempt the ascent wonderful views from its summit.

5.       Its wealth of wildlife


Wildlife watchers will be in their element on Cape Verde which is home to loggerhead turtles, whales, sharks and a variety of birds. Turtle and whale watching trips can easily be booked – just make sure you don’t forget your camera!

6.       Its cultural heritage


Cape Verde has a rich cultural heritage and there is no better place to experience it than in Mindelo – the cultural heart of the destination and located on the island of Sao Vicente. Take in the attractive colonial architecture while enjoying the live music that you’ll find across Mindelo in bars and music clubs.

7.       The wealth of things to do


If you fancy a break from soaking up the sun on paradise beaches, you’ll find plenty of things to keep even the most hard to please visitor happy.

Whether it’s jumping in a 4×4 to take a desert tour, relaxing in the saltpans at Sal, trying out windsurfing or sea fishing or discovering a tropical underwater world with a spot of snorkeling, you can make some truly wonderful holiday memories on holidays to Cape Verde.

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