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.

Santiago, 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.


UNDISCOVERED CAPE VERDE An Atlantic island discovery
The Cape Verde Islands offer a unique blend of African and Portuguese history. We head for the geologically younger, more rugged islands where there is superb walking, and where the way of life is often relatively untouched by the outside world. Cape Verde offers beautiful landscapes from volcanic to fertile; turquoise seas, and a welcome which is warm and sincere
NEXT DEPT: 19 Dec 15 
DURATION: 14 nights
FROM: £2,150
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CANARIES & CAPE VERDE Fly-cruising journeys south to the Atlantic islands and beyond
These holidays venture south visiting the Canaries and Cape Verde Islands.  ‘Passing clouds, warm’ is the normal weather forecast for the Cape Verde Islands early in the year. With temperatures in the high 20s, these remote Atlantic islands are a welcome retreat whilst it’s still winter at home. The towns’ bustling markets have all the flavour of West Africa, and inland the islands’ spectacular volcanic landscapes provide us with great walking and great views.
NEXT DEPT: 23 Nov 16 
DURATION: 15 nights
GRADE: D,Sightseeing
FROM: £1,555
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