Pico do Fogo, the mountain on the island of Fogo is the highest point in Cape Verde
Cape Verde Islands
- Boa VistaBoa Vista is one of the larger of the Cape Verde islands furthermore it is also the most easterly. It is known for its beaches and is also one of the islands with direct flights from Europe. The Desert de Viana makes for an interesting visit.
- BravaBrava is in the west of Cape Verde and is a mountainous island with a rugged coastline. It can only be reached by ferry from either Praia (Island of Santiago) or São Felipe (Island of Fogo). The capital of Brava is Nova Sintra, which is one of the most attractive towns in the country.
- FogoFogo means fire in Portuguese, and it is an island with an active volcano. It is an island of contrasts from the lovely town of São Felipe, the green slopes and woods of the island to the ‘moonscape’ of the caldera (crater). The caldera is fascinating with small round houses; however some were sadly buried by lava in 2014. The tall Pico do Fogo volcano towers over the island.
- MaioMaio is a lovely, gentle, quiet island. Often overlooked by tourists, but well worth a visit. The main town of Vila do Maio in the south west is attractive and slopes down to the lovely beach (Bitxa Rotxa). This is the island for a quiet, relaxing holiday, away from the tourist attractions on some of the other islands.
- SalSal is a popular tourist destination. The town of Santa Maria on the southern end of the island has one of the best beaches anywhere and the town offers plenty of hotels, restaurants, bars and entertainment. Sal is also well known for surfing and in particular kite surfing.
- SantiagoSantiago is the largest of the Cape Verde islands and home to Praia the country’s capital. The centre of the island is mountainous with some breathtaking scenery. Towns such as Tarrafal in the north are lovely and worth visiting. There is also the old capital Cidade Velha, now a World Heritage Site.
- Santo AntãoSanto Antão is the most westerly of the Cape Verde islands. It is an ideal location for those who wish to go hiking. It is mountainous and roughly half of the island is arid and the other half lush and green. The Paúl Valley is stunning and worth a visit, as is the caldera where clouds swirl over the edges of the crater.
- São NicolauSão Nicolau is one of the islands in the archipelago that is unspoilt. Tourism is not highly developed on this island and the mountain scenery is considered some of the best in Cape Verde. The island can be reached by plane, but there is no international airport on São Nicolau.
- São VicenteSão Vicente is known as an island of culture. It is home to writers and artists and hosts a number of festivals. These festivals include the Baía das Gatas festival and one of the few Gay Pride celebrations in Africa. The beaches are lovely and the beach at São Pedro is excellent for wind surfing.