With balmy 25ºC water temperatures and six hours of sunshine day after day, December holidays in Cape Verde offer the perfect respite from winter blues. This archipelago of 10 islands in the Atlantic ocean has oodles of blue skies and golden sand for visitors from colder countries.
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The Top Places to Visit in Cape Verde in December
Enjoy beach holidays in Santa Maria, hiking in Fogo, and great nightlife in Mindelo.
1. Santa Maria
Santa Maria is the main resort on Sal, Cape Verde's most popular island. With its long sandy beach, bars, and restaurants, it's a hub for wining, dining, and relaxing in the sun. It also attracts birdwatchers with its array of rare seabirds.
This volcanic island is one of the iconic sights of Cape Verde. Rising almost 9000 feet above sea level, its three-mile wide crater can be visited on foot or by car. From there, you can get a view of the island's churches, vineyards, and harbours.
The capital of Santiago, the largest island in Cape Verde, Praia offers colonial architecture and African markets set against a landscape clad in mango and coconut. Its transport links make it a good starting point if you're keen to explore all the archipelago has to offer.
4. Sal Rei
The main town on Boa Vista, Sal Rei has a distinctive charm thanks to its sunbleached facades and red balconies. The island offers some of the area's best beaches, such as Praia de Chaves and Santa Monica beach, as well as the chance to see humpback whales.
A home to many writers and artists, this town on Sao Vicente is the cultural capital of Cape Verde. There are lots of clubs where you can listen to local musicians while sipping grogue rum, the national drink.