4 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Cabo Verde
Cabo Verde is truly one of the gems of Africa. From the archipelago of over 500 islands just a short cruise from Portugal, with its black sand beaches, soft golden sands, turquoise waters, and warm climate, to rugged mountains with spectacular waterfalls and bird-filled forests, there are few places better suited for a beach vacation.
Cabo Verde is a Portuguese-speaking country that lies between tropical Africa and the Atlantic Ocean. The capital Praia is home to a bustling fisherman's quarter and the pretty suburb of São Filipe is a place of traditional charm and colonial character. The island of Sal provides an extensive and varied landscape of tropical forests, plateaus and craters. The island of Sal is famous for being the birthplace of tropical birds like the Senegal Parrot and Cassiquiare Whistling Duck. Inland from the south coast, the pretty Vale do Para can be visited for its beautiful waterfalls and walking trails. Get the chance to explore these sights by taking a flight with TAP or TACV Airlines.
If you find the idea of Santo Antão, Cabo Verde's third largest island, a little too remote for you, you may want to visit the Bairro Alto. This quaint neighborhood of homes, shops, cafes, and restaurants is bordered on two sides by broad blue seas and on the third by the towering cliffs of Cotovil Island. Between these natural boundaries is a harbor-front built of tropical vegetation including leafy pines and palm trees, offering pleasant views from land and sea. Tourists rarely visit Santo Antão, except for the beaches and restaurants, but in the busy summer season, you may well find yourself the only vacationer in town. The island's paved roads and paved walking paths are perfect for a peaceful walk or bike ride and you can rent motorbikes or scooters.
Founded in 1643, Boa Vista is the capital of Cabo Verde. The city's Old Town is full of charming buildings from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The most fascinating building is the Palácio de São Francisco, a colonial-style mansion once home to Portuguese poet Luís Vaz de Camões. Another notable building is the Igreja de Santo António, a church built in 1684 and considered to be one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in the entire country. Other notables are the statue of Boa Vista's patron saint (Santo António da Vila), and the old city walls, built in 1753. Near Boa Vista is the beautiful Boa Vista Beach, which features white-sand beaches and shallow waters ideal for swimming.
Stunning and rugged, São Vicente is the most remote island in the archipelago of Cabo Verde. Although its beaches are often sandy and brackish, some of the best of them have limpid waters, dramatic rock formations and expansive panoramas. On the west coast, Praia Baixa, near Sal Rei, is a picturesque cove, surrounded by rocky outcrops and dotted with fishing boats. To the north, Porto Mosquito has clear, sandy beaches, a number of which lie directly on the African mainland. These beaches, and those along the south coast, are free from the impact of tourism and have great views. The island has an airport at Praia de San Michele and is connected to Praia Baixa by boat. Public buses run between the two.