The 10 islands of the Cape Verde archipelago are at once a beach-lover's paradise, with golden sands stretching under endless skies, and a place of uniquely diverse culture with a strong sense of history and belonging that is at once very African yet apart, inimitable.
Cape Verde’s most popular island is Sal, which is known for its striking, lunar-like landscape. It’s dotted with colourful, cobbled towns, like Santa Maria on the southern shores, where you’ll find surf shops, traditional restaurants and a pretty square lined with al fresco cafés. The main attraction, though, is the beach, which stretches along the coast for eight kilometres.
You’ll find plenty more in the way of beaches over on Boa Vista, which translates as ‘beautiful view’. In fact, the sands here halo the coastline for 55 uninterrupted kilometres and are uniformly the colour of sugar. Praia Chave deserves a special mention, thanks to its creamy swathes and shape-shifting dunes.