Santo Ámaro Abade Church Tarrafal Cape Verde

Church in Tarrafal, Santiago island

If you are visiting the island of Santiago, or maybe just passing through waiting for connecting flights, a visit to Tarrafal on the north of the island is a must. The drive there is through some dramatic mountain scenery and the little town of Tarrafal is lovely. It has beautiful beaches and a pretty town centre. This picture is of the Santo Ámaro Abade church.

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Pig enjoying the beach!

You never know who or what you might be sharing the beach with! This sow was clearly finding the weather a bit too warm for her and was enjoying a little relaxation in the sea. This pig was completely unphased by the people who were sharing the beach with her. We have also seen cows on the beach enjoying a paddle. Cape Verde is full of surprises!

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Vila do maio beach

The main beach in Vila do Maio (Porto Inglês) on the island of Maio, is a lovely stretch of soft white sand. The beach is not often very busy, so it makes lovely place to be based for the day. The sea is warm and pleasant for swimming and food and drink are available from Bar Tropikal on the beach. At the right time of day you can see the fishing boats coming in and the fishermen unloading their catch.

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Sunset on the hills of Fogo

Fogo is an island of contrasts and well worth a visit. The main town of São Felipe is an attractive, busting town with views over to the neighbouring island of Brava. There are wooded areas on the sides of the mountain slope and a National Park on the side of the caldera near Mosteiros. There are also coffee plantations near Mosteiros and guavas, papayas, grapes, oranges, quinces and mangoes are also grown in the area. Then the most unusual of all is a trip to the caldera (volcano crater). There you find a rugged landscape, which could be compared to a moonscape, together with the small houses, some buried by lava in 2014 and also hotel and restaurants. Wine is also produced within the caldera from the vines grown there. Fogo is also a stepping stone to neighbouring Brava.

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Bitxe Rotxa (main beach) in Vila do Maio

The main beach (Bitxe Rotxa) in Vila do Maio  is in the the centre of this small town. It is a lovely place to relax, swim and enjoy a drink or meal in the beach bar (Bar Tropikal). The soft white sand and lovely warm sea is a great attraction. Occasionally the waves are exciting and photogenic. Vila do Maio is also known as Porto Inglês (English Port). Maio is one of the nine inhabited islands in Cape Verde and one of the least spoilt and perfect for quiet, relaxing holiday.

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Lovely flowers on the island of Brava

Flowers and plants are in abundance on the island of Brava. This plant was photographed in Nova Sintra, the pretty main town on the island. Here visitors will find many attractive gardens and parks. The island also has a very attractive, rugged coastline and a mountainous terrain. Brava is often known as the Garden Island.

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Kite surfing on Sal island

The island of Sal is well known for kite surfing. One beach on the east of the island has been renamed Kite Beach. If staying in Santa Maria it is a nice trip by quad bike. The wind for kite surfing is best over the winter months and the weather is lovely at that time.

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Main square in Nova Sintra on Brava

Nova Sintra is the main town on the island of Brava. The town is about 750m above sea level and is reached by a hairpin road from the port below. The town is very attractive and the houses are neat and tidy and the gardens well tended. This picture was taken in the main square and shows the colonial nature of some of the buildings. The square is attractively laid out and landscaped. Brava is known as the garden island and it is not difficult to see why it has acquired this description.

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Market stall in Praia, Santiago

The markets in Cape Verde are colourful places. They normally have a good selection of fruit and vegetables, some of which are relatively unknown to many European visitors. The large market in Plato, the main shopping area in the centre of Praia, where this was taken, is a lively place and well worth a visit. The market stall holders are usually happy, jolly people who will be very keen to get your custom.

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Green hills on the island of Santo Antão

Santo Antão is the westernmost of the Cape Verde islands and is one of the greenest. Many people who visit Cape Verde will be familiar with islands such as Sal and Boa Vista, which are in large part desert. The further west you go, the higher the mountains and the greener the islands. Santo Antão offers great hiking opportunities. The scenery is spectacular and there are green hills, lovely little villages on hillsides and rocky outcrops.