Treat the family to a fun and invigorating adventure in Cape Verde. This Macronesian archipelago is an increasingly popular destination for holiday makers and offers a uniquely exotic charm and a high-quality tourist network. Located near the Canary Islands off the coast of West Africa, the nation is one of Africa’s most stable and well-developed. Thanks to its location it also boasts sunshine all year round. Here are a few more reasons why you should take the kids to Cape Verde:
Cape Verde is home to its very own volcano. The spectacular Pico do Fogo is also the highest point in the country. Found on the island of Fogo (which literally translates as fire), the volcano is surrounded by the Fogo National Park, and its otherworldly landscape and massive caldera are a reminder of mother nature’s power. The park is an exciting place to explore, and the islands picturesque main village São Filipe is a lovely place to unwind once you’re done.
Seeing as the country spans over ten islands, Cape Verde is not short of beaches. One of the richest when it comes to sands and sunshine is the northern island of Sal. With miles of golden beaches there are plenty of places where you’ll feel like you have the island all to yourself. Even with its popularity with holidaymakers, Sal has a distinctly laid-back charm that you’ll no doubt want to come back to.
There are endless things to do in Cape Verde, and there are activities perfect for kids of all ages. From horse riding at the beach, taking a trip on a glass-bottomed boat, going fishing, learning to windsurf, to quad biking – the range of things to do is nearly endless.
The marine life
The waters surrounding Cape Verde are rich in marine life. There are extensive coral reefs to explore, not to mention many different species of marine mammals like Atlantic spotted dolphins, common porpoises, and even blue whales! Cape Verde’s waters are also one of only two known breeding grounds for humpback whales in the Northern Hemisphere. There are a range of tours available to let you see this wildlife for yourself, these range from lemon shark spotting tours, to turtle spotting tours. Each offers a great way for children to learn about the marine wildlife of this amazing island chain.