Situated in the Atlantic Ocean, 460km west of Senegal, the Cape Verde Islands form an archipelago comprising ten islands and five tiny islets. Once a former colony and slave trade outpost, the islands vary widely in character, from volcanic landscapes, through spectacular mountain ranges, to deserted beaches fringing turquoise seas. It’s this range of contrasts that makes Cape Verde such a superb walking destination.
, the largest of the islands, is great for trekking through jungle terrain and spotting native wildlife. It’s also home to the UNESCO World Heritage old fort site at Cidade Velha. On Santo Antão, craggy peaks tower over deep green valleys full of sugarcane, while São Vicente is home to the cultural capital of the islands, Mindelo
. The islands are a fascinating blend of Portuguese and African influences, and since tourism is a relatively recent arrival, you can still sample the real culture of the islands and interact with locals whose welcome is warm and sincere.
Why not join Ramblers Worldwide Holidays for a walking holiday in the unusual and appealing destination? You will be exploring this Atlantic gem in the company of a small group of like-minded travellers, guided by the best tour leaders in the business – you can be confident in their knowledge and experience to provide you with the best possible holiday adventure.