Off The Beaten Isle In Cape Verde
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
If you want to visit Cape Verde and actually enjoy the scenery, it’s recommended that you skip out on the island of Sal (one of the main islands for arriving international flights) and head out by plane to one of the many other islands that make up this 10-island archipelago, as was discovered in this Guardian article.
About 45 minutes from Sal is Cape Verde’s largest island, Santiago, the lush, mountainous home to half the country’s population as well as to renowned year-round beaches.
And only 20 minutes from Santiago is the island of Fogo (Portuguese for “fire”), home to Mount Fogo, Cape Verde’s highest peak and active volcano (the last big eruption was in 1995). Here you can hike the 2,829 meters to the top or hang out in the small village of Chã das Caldeiras and sample some local wine.
Also, keep your ears peeled for the unique sounds of local musicians who blend musical influences from Africa, Portugal and Brazil (thanks Putumayo).