There are sites around the islands, such as Cidade Velha or Ribeira Grande as it was then named, that reflect a fascinating history dating back to the Islands discovery in 1456.
Cape Verde's climate is pleasantly tropical with year round average temperatures between 26° and 30° C.
You will generally find a good selection of restaurants in the main towns offering different choices of cuisine including local Creole and Portuguese specialities.
Festivals are an important pastime for the Cape Verdeans with the biggest celebrations taking place on the island of Sao Vicente.
Cape Verde is classed as a poor country however, the quality of life ranks highest in the United Nations index of West Africa.
Cape Verde is a popular beach holiday destination, but for those who prefer to get out and about there are a number of options available.
Cape Verde is a place of great contrasts, with each of the 10 islands offering a slightly different experience. And because of the islands' unique cultural and geographical history there is a fascinating range of cultures and landscapes to explore. The topography varies from barren interiors to stunning beaches, from rugged mountain peaks to verdant landscapes. Some islands have a lively thriving local community - with some of the best music anywhere in the world; others, equally welcoming, are predominantly developed for tourism.
Principally a beach resort with long stretches of white sand and an abundance of water sports Sal is really an island for beach lovers.
Boa Vista is home to some of the most dazzling beaches on the archipelago covering a staggering 55km.
The largest island in the archipelago and the first to be populated, Santiago is rich in history and culture and known for its lively nightlife. The various mountainous peaks of the island reflect its volcanic origin.
Thousands of years ago, Fogo erupted from the sea and at its peak, originally reached 35km but since then has lost 300m in height when a huge section collapsed. That said, it still boasts the highest peak in Cape Verde.
São Vicente is home to some of Cape Verde's greatest musicians, writers and thinkers.
With precipitous peaks, jaw-dropping ravines and dwellings clinging to the mountain sides, Santo Antão is a beautiful island and the second largest in the archipelago.
Brava is looked upon as the secret island with towering lava cliffs that drop down into the sea and hiding the fertile hinterland that lay beyond.
Tourism is in its infancy on São Nicolau so the island still retains a genuine unspoilt feel with stunning scenery.
Located 8kms southeast of São Vicente and 29 km northwest from São Nicolau, Santa Luzia is the smallest of the islands in Cape Verde at 35km2.
With a population of just 4,000 and untouched by tourism, this small island is a great place to escape, with scenic landscapes, lonely beaches and mature forests.
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