A place of craggy mountain peaks, and turquoise ocean depths; of peace and relaxation, and busy, bustling towns; of calming shores and seascapes, and vibrant festivals and music – the Cape Verde Islands are a place of great contrasts, offering a varied wealth of experiences that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
With a unique cultural and geographical history, a fascinating range of landscapes and cultures are revealed for travellers to explore across the nation’s ten Islands. From barren interiors to glorious white-sanded beaches, and from cliff-hanging villages to multi-coloured towns – each trip to Cape Verde offers unrivalled opportunity for new discovery and new adventure.
Some Islands have a thriving local community with some of the most exciting music you’ll hear anywhere in the world. Others have been developed for tourism, though are equally warm and welcoming with plenty of activities on offer to keep all ages happy and entertained.
If you’re planning a trip to Cape Verde, there really is no end of possibility to discover something new in the fascinating variety of towns, markets and localities the country has on offer – even if you’ve been here many times before. And if you’ve got overseas investment on your mind, there are plenty of opportunities for you to buy yourself a property so you can come back and enjoy everything the Islands have to discover again and again, and enjoy some fantastic assured returns from the thriving tourist market as well.
Indeed, visitor numbers in Cape Verde continue to shoot up year after year – so let’s take a look at what keeps bringing these happy holidaymakers and investors back again and again to this tropical archipelago, by exploring the markets and towns you’ll find here.
A busy harbour town on the sandy and sunny Island of Sal, Palmeira is responsible for many of Cape Verde’s imports and exports. Revered amongst divers who flock from all over the world to explore and experience the many reefs and underwater caves located not far off the town’s coast, there is also plenty to attract tourists to Palmeira, including numerous restaurants serving local specialities, lively bars, and stunning architecture. The salt baths, too, are not to be missed – especially if you’re looking to soothe some aching muscles after you’ve been hiking.
While you’re on the Island of Sal, you’ll also want to explore the city of Santa Maria. Beautiful Resorts and Hotels are to be found here, and indeed some of the best beach Resort holidays you’ll find anywhere around the globe can be enjoyed in Santa Maria. Sandy beaches lie just footsteps away from your luxury accommodation, and clear turquoise waters offer plenty of water sports activities, including jet-skiing and more scuba diving. For some culture and history, you should also check out the Weigh House in the old harbour, which, in times gone by, was used to weigh salt before export.
The capital of Cape Verde, Praia is situated on the Island of Santiago, and is the economic and political home of the country. Old colonial buildings can be found in the old town area of the city that make for some great photo opportunities, as do churches, the presidential palace, and the parliament building. And of course, as with nearly all places in Cape Verde, there are beautiful sandy beaches to explore and relax on as well.
Over on Boa Vista – Cape Verde’s third largest and easternmost Island – Sal Rei is a beautiful city with a relaxed feel, despite being home to more than half of the Island’s population. Here is where to go to find some interesting markets. The city’s main plaza has a distinctly African feel, with a large, colourful assortment of goods being sold by local traders – everything from handcrafted wooden ornaments to flamboyant fabrics – the perfect place for souvenir shopping.
A real mix of cultures can be found in Mindelo, located on the Island of Sao Vicente. Many call Mindelo the cultural capital of Cape Verde, and it is indeed a must-visit place for all travellers hoping to experience the full breadth of everything the country has on offer. A lively nightlife takes hold here, with many music clubs and bars to keep you entertained long into the night. And in daylight hours, the harbour town and fish market are well worth exploring.
On Santo Antao Island, Ribeira Grande is a stunning yet cosy town, nestled in a valley of the same name. Small, charming restaurants dot winding streets, but it’s the lively food market and clothes market that form the main attraction for tourists. That said, the beautiful Nossa Senhora do Rosario church is not to be missed, and the hot springs offer some steamy relaxation and a great spectacle.
Amazing Cape Verde, Amazing Holiday Adventures
With such a rich variety of towns, markets and localities to explore across this tropical archipelago, it’s no wonder that Cape Verde has become the thriving tourist and property investment hotspot that it is. Every time you visit, you can be sure that you’ll find something new to explore, and the year-round climate means that the country is one of the very best winter destinations, too.
But why restrict yourself to just one holiday? On the Island of Boa Vista, a brand new 5-star luxury Resort is quickly taking shape – the White Sands Hotel & Spa. Currently in construction, The Resort Group PLC is making 835 luxurious properties available for investors at the White Sands Hotel & Spa, all under our fantastic property options offer.
The offer means that all who invest in a property at the White Sands Hotel & Spa today will start enjoying fixed returns from the moment the resort opens – providing the long-term security you need from your investment.
Please contact us for more information, we would be happy to discuss a Cape Verde property investment to suite your needs.