When holidaying in Cape Verde, there are endless activities to take advantage of with water sports common in the surrounding ocean. Boa Vista is a must visit location for turtle spotting; many agencies offer tours from July through to October, as the turtles flock here to lay their eggs. For a more cosmopolitan vibe to the island, visit Port d'Agua. This modernised complex is complete with restaurants and shops as well as a number of spa and swimming pools to take your pick from.
If it is a day of relaxation in the country you are after, Mount Fogo offers an experience like no other if you have the time. It is the highest peak of the islands, formed out of ancient volcanic crater. The two and a half hour trek up the slopes is well worth it for the vistas at the summit. However you must be wary of changing climates, the difference from the base to the peak is substantial.
In the nineteenth century, the country faced an economic crisis. Due to the country's positioning in the shipping lanes, it was able to focus on re-supplying ships. The bay of Mindeo in São Vicente became an important commercial centre with the regular passing trade, keeping Cape Verde in business.
Last updated: 2 February 2014