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Cape Verde Cruises

Cape Verde is a horseshoe of spectacular volcanic islands located in the Atlantic Ocean. The 10 main islands lie 350 miles off the coast of Africa and were colonised by the Portuguese back in the 15th century. 

Cooler than mainland Africa, owing to refreshing ocean breezes, the islands nevertheless enjoy warm temperatures and are a popular destination for sun all year round.

This country offers an experience like no other. Landscapes vary from barren desert to mountainous peaks to sandy beaches. There’s an intriguing mix of African and Portuguese cultures, and some incredible natural sights to explore. Travellers tend to fall head over heels in love with Cape Verde, its many varied attractions and the great hospitality of its welcoming people. 

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Cape Verde was uninhabited until the 15th century.
  • Five different turtle species come to Cape Verde to lay their eggs.
  • Cape Verde gained independence from Portugal in 1975.
  • Santiago is the largest Cape Verde island, both in size and population.
  • Charles Darwin came to study the flora and fauna of the islands in 1832.

 

 

Highlights

Wildlife

Wildlife and nature are abundant in Cape Verde. Some of the islands’ most famous visitors are turtles, which come to the islands to lay their eggs, and humpback whales, which come to breed. While a scuba diving adventure can’t promise you’ll get up close to these particular creatures, there’s a rich variety of marine life to discover. You’re likely to come across barracuda, octopuses, lobsters, dolphins, manta rays and maybe even the odd whale shark too. 

Culture

The melancholic morna and the livelier coladeira are both traditional music forms originating in Cape Verde. Hearing either performed live in a Cape Verde bar is an enchanting experience. However, these days you’re just as likely to hear modern music as you are traditional classics, especially in the main town of St Vincent. Cape Verdeans love live music in any form and take every opportunity to play, listen or dance at the many festivals that take place all year round.

Other cultural attractions include local markets, colonial and African architecture and street stalls selling a range of local handicrafts. Pottery, crocheted blankets, wood carvings, woven baskets and traditional woven tapestries are all made using traditional methods and make the perfect memento of your Cape Verde experience. 

 

Volcanoes and beaches

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Cape Verde is renowned for its beautiful beaches. Rather than the stereotypical image of palm-fringed paradise, they are invariably backed by imposing volcanic peaks or quaint coastal towns, both of which make for a different kind of picture-perfect vista. Catfish Bay in Mindelo is an incredible sight – the inviting sands sit at the foot of the imposing mountains while colourful fishing boats bob about nearby. 

On your Cape Verde trip you’ll come across both sheltered coves with waters for paddling in and windswept sandy expanses perfect for water sports. The islands’ beaches are popular with locals as well as tourists and you may see the day’s catch being hauled up out of fishing boats, ready to hit the local restaurants in time for dinner.

There are plenty of other activities to choose from too, on both land and sea. The heights of extinct volcanoes make for panoramic views, while Atlantic winds create the perfect conditions for surfers and windsurfers. Sailing and fishing are also popular sports here

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting Cape Verde

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