I get asked quite often which was my best trip and which has been my favorite country so far. How can I possibly answer such a question? How can I compare let’s say Italy to Viet Nam?
Well, the pizza is tastier and the language is prettier in Italy.
Then again the Buddhist temples are bigger and the variety at farmers’ markets is more abundant in Viet Nam.
Got the point? How could I ever compare?
Fortunately, I don’t have to.
Fishermen bringing in a boat at Tarrafal in the north of Cape Verde’s main island Santiago
But if someone pointed a gun to my head and made me choose, I would say Cape Verde. Cape Verde with its beauty, charm, and incredible variety is the secret star on my personal globe.
So let me guide you to five of the atoll’s nine amazing islands.
They say that Brava is the most beautiful of the Cape Verde islands.
A very rewarding hike.
Actually, it’s a cute, small jewel in the middle of the ocean – encircled by tiny isles – that can easily be hiked in just a couple of hours. There are colorfully painted buildings, surrounded by pretty flowers….and pure serenity.
Which island was my favorite? Argh, do you really make me choose again? I dislike comparing: I detest better or poorer. I like different! I like the beauty and the excitement that comes with diversity.
On the way to São Jorge.
This said, if again, you point a gun to my head, I’ll say Fogo was my favorite. Fogo, because it is the most varied – it has beaches and greeneries, but also rocks and lava. It is lovely and bizarre. Full of stories and history – a true inspiration.
The island of Sal and the beach of Santa Maria have the reputation of being super-touristy and overcrowded. While they certainly have more tourist infrastructure than other Cape Verdian islands – which tend to have close to none at all – it can be quite comfortable having some perks.
Some local guys playing soccer, since in Santa Maria the beach is by far not only frequented by tourists.
Would I spend an entire trip to Cape Verde at a hotel on Sal? No! Would I skip the island altogether? Neither – since there are some nice places to visit…and the beach is a dream made of sand.
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