Cape Verde Islands moderate in every way

About 500m off the coast of Senegal are the Cape Verde Islands where you can hear the West African and Portuguese tunes that shape her strange and bittersweet music. There are not only open waters that separate Cape Verde and the rest of West Africa. It has West Africa’s highest standard of living, stable political and economic system and helped by the moderate temperatures and cool currents.

For centuries drought has produced famine here and life has never been that easy. Many have had to emigrate and leave those that remain full of sodade, the deep longing heard in Cesaria Evora’s music.

Just looking at the beans and corn being baked by the sun on the hillsides tell you tell precious each grain is, even though hunger is no longer a threat. Cape Verde has much to offer the traveler; verdant valleys, a volcanic peak and beaches and travelers are attracted to the package tours but Cape Verde still remains a connoisseur’s destination – the deep-sea fisherman, diehard windsurfer and the lonesome hiker.

There is diving and tropical fish are abundant including parrot fish, barracudas, moray eels, manta ray, angelfish, sea turtles and with luck sharks like the lemon, tiger and nurse. On their way across the Atlantic five species of turtles swim through these waters and nesting takes place at different times throughout the year but more often than not between May and October.

For the most part Cape Verde is pleasant and even though there is a rainy season weeks can pass without a downpour falling on you. The cooling ocean currents and offshore winds help to make it the country with the lowest and most comfortable temperatures in all of West Africa.

Temperatures in the summer can even be cooler than in Europe. A sweater is needed during the months from December through to March.