It´s almost 3 years ago that I first set foot on Cape Verde. Through my Boat HitchHiking trip, I found a boat that sailed from Tenerife via La Gomera to Cape Verde. I originally had planned to cross the Atlantic Ocean straight away. But as usual, life is what happens while we make plans.
That’s how I got to discover one of my favorite travel destinations so far: Cape Verde.
After spending 1 month in Tenerife looking to work as crew on a sailing boat, I was over the moon when a young French couple called me to sail to Cape Verde. As I knew that many boats would sail from Cape Verde to the Caribbean, a sailing crossing to Cape Verde just sounded perfect to me.
That’s how I discovered a country that never really was on my travel bucket list. Neither fitted my plans to cross the Atlantic Ocean by Boat HitchHiking.
But yes, I loved it from the first moment. “No Stress” is the mantra of Cape Verde archipelago and people welcomed me with open arms.
I already wrote several posts on the islands I visited: Sal, Sao Vicente, and Santo Antao. In 2018, I visited the more remote islands Maio, Fogo, and Brava.
Each of them is so different and adorable. Even though I haven’t visited even half of the Capeverdean islands, I know that Cape Verde and its people will always have a special place in my heart.
For those who still are not sure whether travel to Cape Verde or not, I want to share an inspiring photographic collection. And I hope that you enjoy the beauty of Cape Verde as much as I did and book your flight ticket right away.
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1. Salinas de Pedro de Lume
The malt Mines of Pedro de Lume were Sal’s first industry
2. Chapel of Pedro de Lume
3. Salt Mines
4. Rugged Nature
Sal is a desert island. Only the south has beaches.
5. Fishing Port
The fishery industry is important in Sal
6. Fishery in Santa Maria
At the pier of Santa Maria, Sal Island
7. Colorful Housefronts
Colours of Cape Verde – Colores de Cabo Verde
8. Bright Colours
Cabo Verde siempre – Cape Verde forever
9. The Kite Beach
Santa Maria is famous among kite surfers – Santa María, Sal, es muy popular entre kite surfers
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10. Colorful Boats
11. Virgin Beaches in Sao Vicente
Praia Grande, Calhau, Sao Vicente
12. City Beach Praia Laginha in Mindelo
13. Hiking to Monte Verde
The view from Monte Verde
14. Colorful Markets
Market in Mindelo
15 Hiking in western Sao Vicente
Hiking in Sao Pedro
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16. Hiking in Paul Valley
Definitely a highlight: hiking down from the Cova crater through Paul Valley
17. Fontainhas: a fairytale village
Fontainhas: Cape Verde’s most picturesque village
18. Cape Verde’s Green Lung
Santo Antao produces fruits and vegetables for the entire archipelago
19. Breath-taking Hikes
Santo Antao had the most breath-taking panorama I’ve seen so far
20. Exotic Fruits in Santo Antao
Passion Fruits can be found anywhere in Cape Verde
21. Scenes in Barreiro, Maio
22. Sunsets in Porto Ingles, Maio
23. Music is the key, Maio
24. The fishermen boats arrive in Porto Ingles, Maio
25. The virgin beaches of Maio, near Ribeira Dom Joao
26. The natural swimming pools of Faja d’Agua, Brava
27. Hiking Views, Brava
28. View on Nova Sintra, Brava
29. View on Fogo from Brava
30.The Magnificent Volcano, Fogo
31. The traditional houses of Fogo
32. Fogo, green and black contrasts
33. Music is passion and life, Sao Felipe, Fogo
Probably my favorite picture from Cape Verde
Hola! I am Paulina, a fervent travelette who crossed the Atlantic Ocean by Boat HitchHiking. On my blog, you’ll find all the tips to make the most of your holiday. Get ready to enjoy outdoor and sustainable travel like hiking, cycling or sailing. Let’s hit the road together!