A series of ten islands and five islets some 500km off the coast of Senegal, Cape Verde remains an unlikely destination. However, Cape Verde holidays are on the up as people discover Africa's most westerly point. A stop-off for seafarers and traders for centuries, the islands are now a destination in their own right and ripe for tailor-made travel.
Tiny in size, Cape Verde packs a lot into its small surface area and is home to a surprisingly diverse range of landscapes. Sal is a flat desert island with an international airport and a number of resorts that have good diving opportunities. Boa Vista similarly appeals to those on the look out for good beaches and water sport or windsurfing opportunities. Santiago is the largest and liveliest island; it's also home to the old fort site at Cidade Velha and to a number of 16th century shipwrecks that divers can explore.
Fogo is a single volcanic peak that erupts from the sea; climb to the top of the peak for panoramic views from its 2,829m high crater rim. Walkers ought to also travel to Sao Antão to trek over the island's ridge and explore the spectacular canyons and valleys here.
Sao Vicente hosts a vibrant carnival and the Baia das Gatas Festival, which is an excellent opportunity to listen to the traditional sounds of the islands.