Nature and Nourishment in Cape Verde

Cape Verde‘Unsophisticated,’ ‘earnest,’ ‘understated’: all words used to describe Cape Verde, and all meant in the best ways possible. If you’re looking for a trip free of pretence then you can’t beat a holiday to Cape Verde, where the charm is in the laidback culture and welcoming locals.

Here are some activities that make these islands special no matter what your time of life is.

Whale watching

Humpback whales migrate between high-latitude feeding grounds and low-latitude breeding grounds every year, and the Cape Verde islands are one of two breeding ground locations for them in the North Atlantic. Organized tours are available on the southwest part of Cape Verde, where during March and April you’re likely to hear the mating call of a male humpback.

Turtle watching

Tarrafel, Cape VerdeCape Verde is home to the third largest nesting population of loggerhead turtles in the world, which provides you with ample opportunities to see them in their natural habitat. During July, August, and September female loggerhead turtles come out from the ocean and lay their eggs in the darkness. The whole nesting process is a sight to behold, from the turtle’s emergence from the ocean to the eggs being dropped into the hole the mother has created. You do want to make sure you use a reputable agency though, as there are many illegal tours operating that can harm the turtles.

Take a swim in a salt mine

The oldest island in Cape Verde has had many faces. It was originally called Llana, when it was discovered by the Portuguese in the 1400s, but after the salt mines were discovered it took on the namesake, Sal. Today, these mines are mainly used for tourists and travellers, but they’re still a fine sight. A short walk through a darkened tunnel leads into the salt ponds, where water that is 26 times saltier than seawater awaits. The feeling of buoyancy is incredible, as sinking is almost impossible.

Sample the cuisine

I make a habit of always trying the local cuisine, but the food on Cape Verde is something special. A mixture of Creole, African and Portuguese cuisine, what you have here is sure to be something you’ve never experienced before. The staples are fish, rice, and corn, but the way that they blend the food together is what gives the food its own distinctive character. Fine dining this is not, as most restaurants are casual affairs. Instead cheerful atmospheres and tantalizing recipes await the holiday maker in Cape Verde.
Silver Travel Advisor recommends Serenity Holidays.

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