Cape Verde

Description

Cabo Verde, Vulcano of Ilha do Fogo

Cape Verde is an island country in the Atlantic, about 500 km off the coast of West-African Senegal. As a country it is relatively young, having gained independence from Portugal only in 1975. It consists of 6 windward islands ((Santo Antão, São Vicente, Santa Luzia, São Nicolau, Sal, and Boa Vista) and 4 leeward islands (Maio, Santiago, Fogo, and Brava), all of volcanic origin and relatively arid with rainfall (if any) only from August until October. It’s greenest between september and january. Santiago is the largest Island, Mt Pico (2829 m) on Fogo Island is an active volcano and Cape Verde's highest peak. Not all islands are equally mountainous, and some are outright deserts.

The island group can be compared with the Canarian Islands, also dry and volcanic, but they are smaller, more the size of the Azores.

Most popular for hiking are the islands of Santiago, Fogo, Santo Antão, São Nicolau and São Vicente. Landscape, fishing villages, tropical vegetation combined with bizarre rock formations, it all adds to an exotic walking experience. Moreover, tourism has brought facilities, also inland, and cheap package holidays bring the islands within reach for everyone. Trails are sometimes marked, and it is possible to hire a guide locally. Hiking maps and trail descriptions are available.

Barlavento Islands

  • Santo Antão, 779 km2, 47.000 inhabitants, mountainous, exotic, walkers paradise
  • Boa Vista, 620 km2, 5.000 inhabitants, flat semi-desert inland for the adventurous hiker
  • São Nicolau, 338 km2, 13.000 inhabitants, marked trails around exotic Monte Gordo
  • São Vicente, 227 km2, 83.000 inhabitants, dry and eroded
  • Sal, 216 km2, 25.000 inhabitants, semi-desert and unique salt ponds

Sotavento Islands

  • São Tiago, Santiago, 991 km2, 290.000 inhabitants, mountainous and green interior, good for hiking
  • Fogo, 476 km2, 39.000 inhabitants, climb the active volcano and enjoy the local coffee and wine
  • Maio, 269 km2, 8.000 inhabitants, flat and dry but pretty, and good for hiking
  • Brava, 67 km2, 6.000 inhabitants, green, rugged interior, and undiscovered by mass tourism

Regions

Mountains

Books

eBooks.de
Germany
2014
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Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids - Wandelroutes Kapverden Kaapverdische Eilanden | Rother |
  • Duitstalige wandelgids met zeer goed beschreven wandelingen in de genoemde gebieden. Redelijk kaartmateriaal, vooral de beschrijving van de route en de praktische info die er bij hoort is meer dan goed. Over alle eilanden verspreid. Bom Dia Cabo Verde - Willkommen auf den Kapverdischen Inseln! Nur rund sechs Flugstunden ist die Inselgruppe der... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Santiago (Cape Verde Islands)
  • Santiago Island in the Cape Verde archipelago on a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from AB Kartenverlag, highlighting 33 hiking and mountain bike routes and including small plans of Praia, Tarrafal and Cidade Velha. The map is double-sided with a very generous overlap between the sides. Contours with relief shading and spot heights... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Santiago - Kaapverdische Eilanden | AB Karten-Verlag |
  • Santiago Island in the Cape Verde archipelago on a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from AB Kartenverlag, highlighting 33 hiking and mountain bike routes and including small plans of Praia, Tarrafal and Cidade Velha. The map is double-sided with a very generous overlap between the sides. Contours with relief shading and spot heights... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Hidden Gems of the Costa Brava
  • Self-guided walking holiday in Costa Brava. Discover off-the-beaten path Costa Brava, walking on quiet trails between traditional villages. This less travelled part of Costa Brava is home to hidden gems such as the medieval town of Begur, one of Spain’s prettiest coastal villages Calella de Palafrugell, and the elegant enclave of... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Costa Brava in Style
  • Self-guided walking holiday on the Costa Brava staying in boutique hotels. Discover off-the-beaten-path Costa Brava in style, walking on quiet trails between traditional villages, and staying in stylish boutique hotels. This less travelled part of Costa Brava is home to hidden gems such as the medieval town of Begur, one of Spain’s prettiest... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Azoren, São Miguel
  • Op het grootste eiland van de archipel, São Miguel, maakt u kennis met de uitbundige subtropische Azoreaanse flora en het bijzondere vulkanische landschap. U maakt wandelingen langs de kratermeren Sete Cidades en Lagoa do Fogo en de stoombronnetjes van Furnas. U overnacht in luxueuze onderkomens, eerst een mooi gelegen appartement en daarna een... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Kaapverdië * Wandelreis
  • Ontdek de mooiste 'kruimels van verlangen' in de Atlantische Oceaan. Deze reis voert u langs São Nicolau, São Vicente en Santo Antão, de mooiste eilanden van deze 500 km voor de West-Afrikaanse kust liggende Kaapverdische archipel. Loop langs scherp gekartelde heuvels, drakenbomen en pijnbomen met zilvergroen baardmos. Akkertjes met zoete... Read more
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