The archipelago of Cape Verde is made up of ten splendid volcanic islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean about 500 km off the coast of Senegal. During most of the year, the archipelago is beaten by the trade winds that come from continental Africa. Depending on how the winds blow on the islands, they are divided into Barlavento or Sotavento. The Barlavento islands – above the wind – are those located further north, namely Santo Antão, São Vicente, São Nicolau, Sal, Boa Vista and Santa Luzia, the only uninhabited. The Sotavento islands, on the other hand, are the southernmost ones: Maio, Fogo, Brava and Santiago, on which the capital of the archipelago is located. Harmoniously inserted into the landscape of the beautiful island of Sal, the wonderful VOI Vila Do Farol Resort will be the ideal starting point for exciting excursions to discover the many treasures of the Cape Verde archipelago.
Located on the island of Santiago, the largest and most populous of the entire archipelago, Praia is the capital of Cape Verde. Among the many attractions of the city is the Ethnographic Museum, which collects evidence of the Portuguese colonization of the islands, which began with the discovery of the archipelago in 1456.
Cidade Velha and the Fortaleza Real de São Felipe
About 10 km west of Praia is Cidade Velha, the first town built by Europeans and the very first capital of Cape Verde. Here, at the end of the 1500s, the imposing Royal Fortress of San Filippo was erected, with the aim of countering potential military assaults and privateering uprisings. Since 2009, Fortaleza has been declared, together with the whole of Cidade Velha, a World Heritage Site.
Located north-east of the island of Sal, inside the crater of an extinct volcano, the salt pans are part of the National Cultural Heritage of Cape Verde. Today the activity of extraction and processing of salt has ceased, but you can still admire enchanting natural pools which, thanks to the other concentration of salt present in their waters, take on striking shades of white, pink and purple.
On the island of Sal, close to the homonymous town of Santa Maria, there is a wonderful stretch of white sand, about 10 km long. To bathe it, there are incredibly clear turquoise waters, which enhance the seabed full of life.
Known for being the home of many turtles, at first glance it may seem like a piece of the Sahara in the middle of the sea. Mostly desert, in fact, the island of Boa Vista has miles and miles of beaten beaches
from the winds, which make it the perfect destination for those who love to ride the waves. On the beach of Atalanta you can admire the suggestive and imposing wreck of the ship Cabo Santa Maria, which was wrecked in 1968.
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