Tall ship in Santa Maria, Sal

Tall ship moored off Santa Maria, Sal

This beautiful boat has been moored here for a few days. It adds interest to the lovely beach in Santa Maria on the island of Sal, Cape Verde.

Mountain ranges of Santiago, Cape Verde

Mountain ranges of Santiago, Cape Verde

Many people who visit Cape Verde stay on the islands of Sal or Boa Vista. From this, many people have the impression that Cape Verde is only flat and covered in sand – desert islands in other words. However, many of the island have majestic mountain ranges. Exploring further afield to islands such as Santiago, Santo Antão, São Nicolau and Brava will prove that there is far more to this small country than sand! This picture was taken on the island of Santiago.

Sunset over Brava from Fogo

Sunset over Brava island

This picture was taken on the island of Fogo, and shows the sunset over Brava, the neighbouring island. Both Fogo and Brava are well worth a visit. On Fogo, there is the fascinating caldera, which has a landscape that could be on some remote planet. Brava has a lovely coastline especially at Faja d’Agua. It is easy to travel between the two islands using the regular ferry service. Fogo is a 30 minute flight from Praia, the capital of Cape Verde.

Bitxe Rotxa beach Maio, Cape Verde

Beaches on Maio in Cape Verde

The beaches on the quiet, often overlooked island of Maio in Cape Verde are lovely and often almost deserted. This picture is of the main beach in the lovely little town of Vila do Maio (also known as Porto Inglês). The beach is known as Bitxe Rotxa and although right in the centre of the town, you will find it peaceful and quiet. On the beach is Bar Tropikal, where you can get a drink and something to eat. Maio is well worth a visit, especially if you want a quiet, holiday away from everything that makes our lives so busy.

Water sports at Santa Maria, Sal, Cape Verde

Water sports in Cape Verde

Cape Verde is an ideal holiday destination if you enjoy beaches and water sports. Surfing, wind surfing, kite surfing and jet skiing are all popular activities to enjoy in Cape Verde. In this picture the paddle boarder is on the Santa Maria beach, on Sal island, which is one of the best in Cape Verde.

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.

maio cape verde pig on beach

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!

bitxe rotxa beach maio island

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.

fogo mountain sunset

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.

bitxe rotxa waves

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.