The island nation of Cape Verde is just less than 400 miles off the coast of Africa and is made up of over a dozen islands and islets. Fortunately, most of these islands are packed with things to do and are becoming increasingly popular for tourists. From hiking up an active volcano to learning to kite surf, here are 10 reasons you should go to Cape Verde.

Located in the Atlantic Ocean, adjacent to the coastline of Senegal, Cape Verde is a popular destination for those looking for something a little bit different to the usual island getaways. The flight duration isn’t too long either, with a flight time of just over six hours from London.

Cape Verde offers amazing things to do and see. Enjoy the exotic beaches, luxury resorts and hotels, learn Portuguese and have a taste of their unique cuisine. If you are looking for a holiday of a lifetime, Cape Verde is an ideal destination. If you hesitate for a moment.

1.Hiking on Lagoa do Fogo

For those who think that they can conquer any terrain, there is the Mount Fogo for them to hike. Grab a good pair of boots and get ready for the adventure of your lifetime. This is where you would see the Cape Verde’s highest peak. This mount raises shyly out of Chã das Caldeiras’ ground, an ancient crater that last erupted in 1995 and it is still an active volcanic spot. High angle view of the Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake). Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Archipelago of the Azores, Portugal.

Lagoa do Fogo

2. Party at Sao Vicente

For all the night owls and party animals, there is no better place to be than Sao Vicente. It is fondly called the cinder heap by the locals. Every August, the Beach Music Festival takes over the activities of the country and not forgetting that the Mardi Gras Carnival which is an international festival is held here.

3. Wind Surfing 

Crazy fans of windsurfers travel from all over the world for this particular hobby during the January and February period when the country is windy. The conditions in the archipelago are excellent for all wind-based water sports due to the winter trade wind belt.

The best time of the year to go is between March and October when winds are almost constant. However, any time of year should get you strong enough winds to go out for a day.

4. The Seafood Experience

Some of the specialties in the area include extremely fresh tuna and lobster (they’re right offshore). The restaurants on the islands often specialize in seafood as well, and you’ll find often find it cooked in Portuguese, Creole and French styles. If you know anything about seafood, then you know those cultures know a thing or two about cooking seafood.

5. See the Ancient Architecture 

Cape Verde is full of interesting architecture including structures from the 16th and 17th centuries due to it being the first European colonial outpost in the tropics. The main attraction for most people is the Fortaleza Real de San Felipe in Cidade Vehla, a giant old Portuguese. .fort complete with canons. Other attractions to discover include the ruins of the 16th century Se Catedral and the Convento de Sao Francisco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Se Catedral (Cidade Velha, Cape Verde)

6. Diving in Crystal clear water

Diving anywhere in Cape Verde is sure to be fantastic, and you can see plenty of coral and a variety of fish in the area. You can also expect to see sea turtles, as Boa Vista is one of the largest nesting places for loggerhead turtles on the planet. There are at least a dozen places around the islands that are popular with divers.  And if regular diving isn’t enough for you, go cave diving at Olho Azul Buracon, where sunlight creates an incredible blue effect as it shines through the water. You can forget all the above and just lounge on the beach.

cave diving at Olho Azul Buracon

7. Lounging on the Beach

cape verde beach

There’s plenty to do on a vacation to Cape Verde, but many people want to come just to soak up the sunshine — and that’s OK! After you’ve thoroughly explored the islands, make sure you get some beach time with a cold drink in hand. There’s also plenty of beach resorts where you can just make your way from your room to the white, soft sand every day if that’s what suits your fancy.