If it’s the idea of golden sands, clear blue waves and tantalising cocktails that gets you all hot under the collar, why not consider the fabulous Cape Verde as your next holiday destination, and why not allow us here at Stairport to deliver you and your belongings to the airport in style?
Located just off the north-west coast of Africa this volcanic archipelago boasts some of the world’s most spectacular beaches on its islands and trust us when we say there is plenty more besides sun and sand for you to enjoy.
Why travel to Cape Verde?
We will, however, begin with the beaches as there is no doubt that it is the sun-bleached coast that has been attracting so many to this tiny location in recent years. The premier beach to travel to has to be Santa Maria, which is located on the island of Sal. This seaside resort is famous for its clear white sand, crystal blue waters and lively entertainment scene located not far from the shore in the town of Santa Maria itself. Users of popular travel-website ‘the lonely planet‘ recently voted this shoreline among the top 10 in all the world so you can rest assured there are few better places to relax in a hammock with a good book and a fine cerveza. Santa Maria is also a hotspot for nightlife among the islands that make up Cape Verde and we highly suggest that once you have doused yourself in Aloe-Vera, you cut-loose there in the evenings and embrace the dynamic & interesting Creole (Portuguese/African) culture that is on display.
Another of the premier coastal dwellings is Santana beach which is on Maio. The island itself is much smaller than its neighbouring counterparts (Sal & Boavista) yet it is exactly this we feel makes it so special – its a road much less travelled and thus it is the ideal, picturesque place to escape to if you just want to get away from it all and recharge your batteries whilst taking in the incredible scenery on display. If you are lucky, you may even come face to face with a few of the island’s historical, green inhabitants, too, and who doesn’t love turtles?
Activities on Cape verde
Once your body has absorbed all the vitamin D and schnapps it can hold we highly advise you to explore some of the other activities and landmarks on offer. First of all there is the active volcano Pigo do Fogo, which last erupted some 400 years ago, causing a mass exodus of the island. For those more interested in history there is also Tarrafel Camp, which was once a Portuguese prison that is now open for visitors to study and take in. There are also numerous cultural museums located on various islands that detail the history of the African/Portuguese culture one can expect to find on the island and it’s all very absorbing assuming this is the type of thing that floats your paradise-bound boat. Also if you are a slightly more active, adventurous type of person, we highly suggest you visit the jaw-dropping Magic Blue Eye, which is a lagoon frequented by scuba divers located on the island of Espargos. We’ve only had the chance to view photos but it’s fair to say that it looks absolutely astonishing.
What to take with you
When travelling to Cape Verde, obviously we advise you to pack in preparation for baking-hot sunshine. This is not an island for those among you that like to complain about the heat – its boiling and you should plan as such. We highly recommend you stock up on flip flops, light coloured t-shirts and vests to reflect the relentless sol rays, sunglasses to protect your eyes and keep you looking cool, hats to defend your head and neck from sunburn and of course you should not fail to pack your sunscreen! Always wear sunscreen! Didn’t Baz Luhrman teach you anything?
When to travel
The correct time to visit this beautiful travel destination depends entirely on what type of weather you enjoy: if you just want to cook yourself then we advise you to get there between late summer and early Autumn (July – September) but be warned: this is also the time the area receives the most rainfall. Between October and March it is a little bit cooler and the fainter hearted or those more inclined to walk about and take in the culture on display may find this a more pleasant time of year.
Where to fly from
You can fly to Cape Verde from London, Manchester & Birmingham with Thomas Cook and prices currently range from between £102 – £160. Don’t forget to allow us here at Stairport to help you begin your journey in style either – We take pride in bringing you a few steps closer to paradise. You can book your airport transport with us online now!