There are a lot of summer vacation places that are very popular in the Europe, France and US. Some countries shine brightly on the map of the world and were attracted to them before your mind has clicked into equip. The US is one of them. So is France. So is Italy, as it dangles its no-question shapely leg down into the waters of the Mediteranean.
Cape Verde, it is maybe reasonable for say, is not one of these nations. It stows away in the mid-Atlantic, a 10-in number group of islands which, conceived of volcanic rage, are as delightful as they are strange.
Where are they precisely? Alright – let your look float down Africa. Look to one side flank of the landmass. Go down through Morocco and Mauritania until the point that you discover Senegal – then drag your vision 350 miles toward the west.
Despite the distance involved – the capital Praia is 2,837 miles from London, and the journey takes you most of the way to the Equator – Cape Verde can be reached with ease from the UK. In fact, there are direct flights.
The Canary Islands tend to be Britain’s go-to destination for a decent dose of warmth in the depths of December, January and February.
3. To bag a good package holiday
The presence of Thomson and Thomas Cook in the list of travel options should be a clue that these travel giants sell fly-and-flop escapes to Cape Verde as well as flights. They focus on Sal and Boa Vista, the two islands where you find the majority of the beach resorts.
4. Its intriguing colonial heritage
The anthropological history of Cape Verde is an unusual one. Unlike most parts of the planet, it was empty until colonialism gave it a population – the isles were uninhabited when Portuguese and Genoese sailors stumbled upon them in 1456.
6. To explore Africa’s most westerly point
São Vicente’s neighbour Santo Antão is an outpost. It is the most westerly segment of the archipelago and – depending on how specific you want to be about geography – the most westerly point in Africa as a consequence.
8. To go island-hopping
Although strewn across some 1,500 square miles of the Atlantic, the archipelago lends itself to multi-island journeys.
9. …and sailing
Tropical islands plus ocean also equals sailing escapes. So it proves with Cape Verde.
10. Its eerie abandoned airport
If you want to venture truly off-grid, the islet of Brava is your obvious port of call. “Port” being the pertinent word here because, as with Santo Antão, you can only reach it by boat.