Situated on the island of Santiago, Praia is the capital city and cultural heart of Cape Verde. The city's ethnographic museum provides visitors with an insight into the history and unique culture of the islands and is located in one of the city's beautiful historic houses. Other heritage buildings in Praia are the Jaime Mota Barracks and the Presidential Palace.
Many visitors consider Santa Maria Beach, on the island of Sal, to be one of Cape Verde's best spots for swimming and sunbathing. Its clear, azure waters are also popular with windsurfers, kite surfers, and stand-up paddle-boarders.
The autumn months are an ideal time for visitors to experience the rugged beauty of Serra Malagueta National Park, on Santiago. The park boasts several outstanding hiking routes including the popular and very scenic Gongon Trail.
Whether you're seeking beautiful beaches, nature or local culture, Fogo Island is a great excursion destination during November holidays in Cape Verde. Be sure to visit the historic town of Sao Filipe, which features picturesque colonial architecture and the remnants of a 17th-century Portuguese fort. A visit to Fogo Island Natural Park is also a highlight for many visitors.