29 Jun Accommodation on the Cape Verde Islands
This string of ten exotic islands marooned 385 miles from the west coast of Africa is home to a unique tapestry of African and Portuguese cultures that make their home on these forested volcanic islands. Enjoy the splendid isolation of the chalk white sandy beaches, explore the lunar landscape, try out water sports such as scuba diving and wind surfing, turtle watch by night – and don’t miss out on the vibrant music and party scene of Cape Verde.
Places to stay on these gorgeous islands include beach huts facing the sea near Calhau on Sao Vincente island, luxury resorts and private apartments in exclusive Sal Island, staying in a hotel or even a colonial villa in Cape Verde’s capital, Praia or try self-catering in the rural villages in the beautiful mountain countryside of Santo Antac.
Cape Verde hotels cater mainly for the package tourist but a double in a reasonably good, clean bed and breakfast can be found in most destinations for about 3000 CVE (£20) per night. These are often family run and will have a restaurant serving alcohol and almost certainly have the warm friendly hospitality that is indigenous to these islands. The beaches on Sal and Boa Vista are widely touted (especially by the proud locals) to be the best in the world – so accommodation close to these incredible locations gets more expensive.
Luxury resorts in Sal, for example – where about 50 percent of all visitors to the islands stay – can easily charge £250 per night for a double room with a sea or pool facing balcony as a basic package to £500 a night for a self-contained apartment with living room with sofa bed, en-suit bathroom and unlimited use of the hotel facilities such as gym, sauna, Jacuzzi as well as water sports activities like kayaking, jet skiing, scuba and snorkelling equipment.
But whether you can afford this kind of luxury or will be keeping to a budget the main attraction is the island itself – and the warm people who live there.
For more information check out MyDestination.com/CapeVerde
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