Africa and Indian Ocean

Cape Verde

Cape Verde
The Essential

Cape Verde's star has been rising of late, and it is now a travel destination everyone is talking about. Visitors have spread the word that this archipelago just off the coast of Africa is blessed with a rugged beauty, tempered by the warmth of its people.
Each island is a travel destination in its own right. Sal and Boa Vista, their beaches buffeted by crashing waves, are all about beach activities and water sports. The island of Santiago, Cape Verde's capital, boasts varied landscapes and brandishes a distinctly African identity. On Fogo, intrepid flora grows on ground as black as the island's volcano. The mountainous island of Santo Antão is for many the pearl of Cape Verde, a true hikers' paradise, while its neighbour, São Vicente, is renowned for its lively capital, Mindelo. Less well known, bewitching Maio, remote Brava and spectacular São Nicolau lie off the beaten track and at a remove from mass tourism.
But Cape Verde is much more than an idyllic picture postcard. Exploring this "small country", this outpost of both Africa and Europe captured in the songs of Cesária Évora, is infinitely enriched by encounters with the locals, who make up a diverse – predominantly mestiço – and outward-looking people.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Cape Verde

Fogo Volcano and Caldera Fogo Volcano and Caldera
Fogo Volcano and Caldera
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Estrada a Corda Estrada a Corda
Estrada a Corda
Beaches in the south of Boa Vista Beaches in the south of Boa Vista
Beaches in the south of Boa Vista
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Serra Malagueta Serra Malagueta
Serra Malagueta
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Monte Gordo Natural Park Monte Gordo Natural Park
Monte Gordo Natural Park
4:00
Caldeira de Cova
Caldeira de Cova
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