Along with superb beaches and a great climate, the Cape Verde islands provide a wealth of activities for those who enjoy a bit more than sun seeking whilst they are on holiday.
Watersports are a big attraction. The sparkling waters of this archipelago offer excellent conditions for body boarding, surfing and windsurfing, and on Sal in particular there is ample opportunity for renting high quality equipment and taking lessons.
Similarly, diving is a popular activity, thanks to the clear waters and fascinating underwater world of massive rock formations and shipwrecks. Again, quality dive schools are available, suitable for beginners through to experienced divers.
Walking, trekking and mountaineering have also gained new adepts lately on the islands. The variety of landscapes across the islands mean walkers have a diverse choice of trekking itineraries at their disposal, from hiking up steep dry river valleys on Santo Antao to exploring the volcanic craters of Fogo.
Several companies now offer opportunities for both deep-sea fishing and joining local fishermen on their trips. Generally Sal and Sao Vicente are the best islands for fishing, but the experts will be able to give you the best advice on where to go.
Other activities such as horse riding, quad biking, turtle watching and bird watching are available, as well as excursions to other islands and island hopping itineraries for maximum sight seeing opportunities.
And when it comes to music and culture there is so much to experience. The music scene is thriving, with its infectious blend of African and European vibes, and an inspiration to those who visit. Praia and Mindelo on the island of Sanitago are towns that are particularly famous for fantastic live music.
See the Activites page for more information and the best times to travel.