- Cape Verde Luxury holidays
Cape Verde covers an area of around 1,500 square miles, and consists of ten volcanic islands some 350 miles off the western African coastline. It was colonised in the 15th century, having previously been uninhabited, and remained a Portuguese colony until 1975, when it was granted independence. About half a million people now live on the islands, including a mix of African and European heritage, with about as many people again visiting as tourists each year, mainly to enjoy the beaches of the less populated islands in the group.
Active pursuits in Cape Verde
Cape Verde is a destination for active breaks, as well as for travellers who just want to relax on the beach. The mountains of the islands' interiors allow trekking, while the waters around them are also used for sailing, diving and windsurfing, offering a range of activities on the surface of the ocean, as well as beneath and above it. One hidden gem of the islands is Cidade Velha on Santiago, which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was the first European settlement on any of the islands; however, it has not yet become a common tourist attraction, making it an excellent option if you want to head slightly off of the beaten track.
Cape Verde's tourism hotspots
Most tourists who visit Cape Verde are from the UK - accounting for about a quarter of all visitors, and roughly twice as many as the islands' next biggest tourism markets of Germany, Portugal and the Benelux countries. The less populated islands of Maio, Sal and Boa Vista have the flat landscape and sandy beaches to satisfy most of these visitors, and island tourism is centred on these locations.
When should I visit Cape Verde?
If you want to experience Cape Verde in its rainy season, visit in September, when the average precipitation of less than three inches represents the bulk of the annual rainfall. In terms of temperature, there is little change from winter to summer, and the annual mean temperature range from 22-26°C is more like the daily variation in some other locations. Much hotter weather is possible - up to 40°C in June and July - but the moderating effect of the surrounding ocean makes this unlikely generally. Humidity is also quite consistent at a comfortable 60 per cent, but rises towards 75 per cent in September when the rains come.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays in Cape Verde are all about doing what you want, when you want. If you fancy a champagne breakfast, your luxury hotel will bring it to you, and if you want a room overlooking the pool, they’ll make sure that you get it. Parting with a little extra cash for a luxury package is well worth it in Cape Verde, and the level of pampering you receive during your stay is entirely up to you. Cape Verde offers exceptional luxury, fabulous facilities and the chance to discover a real paradise. And while you may be a long way from the nearest ski-slope, you will have beautifully unspoilt scenery on your doorstep, and the traditional, faultless attention to detail for which the people of Cape Verde are renowned.