Vast tropical beaches, spicy seafood and island hopping
A cheap holiday to Cape Verde gets you Bounty–ad beaches and amazing scenery off the West African coast...
Holidays don't need to cost the earth – not when you've got chalk white beaches, year–round sun and lots of exploring to do. On one of our cheap holidays to Cape Verde, you'll get a fab deal on your flights and hotel. Here are a few more things to look forward to...
Cape Verde is made up of 10 tiny islands, which means lots and lots of coast. One of the bigger islands, Sal, serves up Santa Maria Beach – 7 kilometres of snow–white sand, topped off with a handful of beach bars. The winds round these parts equal some fantastic kiteboarding conditions, too. But, what Cape Verde really does best is empty, deserted stretches – like Santa Monica Beach in Boa Vista. This one's 18 kilometres long, spliced with a few rocks. It's nearly as flat as a pancake, so the water stays shallow a long way out.
The island of Sal is rich in salt, and it used to be a big exporter of the stuff. In fact, Sal means 'salt' in Portuguese. Today, the salt pans are great for a dip. You can float in them – just like the Dead Sea in Israel. There's loads at Pedra de Lume, along with a handy café.
Head for the brightly–painted beachside eating spots at Santa Maria on Sal for seafood that's come straight from the skipper. You'll find lobster, tuna, wahoo and cuttlefish – to name just a few. A perennial on the menus round here is cachupa, the island's signature dish. It's a tasty casserole of marinated tuna, beans, fiery spices and vegetables.
If snorkelling and scuba diving seem too much like hard work, have a mosey under the sea with a trip on a glass–bottomed boat. They leave from all over Cape Verde, and you're likely to spot stingrays, loggerhead turtles and schools of glittering fish. And, if you go out in spring or early summer, giant humpback whales – who come here to breed – are usually splashing about in the water.
Jump on a plane to Sao Nicolau, one of the western islands. This one has nabbed all the dramatic mountain scenery. Take Monte Gordo, for example. At 1,312 metres tall, it gives those humpback whales a run for their money. If you're up for a trek, you can spiral up it via green valleys and palm–lined trails. There's the odd waterfall to stop off at, too. Don't forget the camera – the view goes all the way over to Africa.
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