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The Cape Verde Islands are made up of ten individually exotic islands, nine of which are inhabited and all of which offer the lure of an unspoilt paradise. Each island is unusual and uniquely different and they all have a variation in their landscapes which are exciting to explore and enjoy. You will find spectacular sandy beaches and beautiful lush green foliage, contrasted with rugged coastlines. In short, the Cape Verde Islands have everything you could dream of in a tropical and exotic destination.
The Cape Verde Islands are located between Portugal and the West Coast of Africa and are becoming a hot-spot for UK, Irish and European holidaymakers because up until now, they have managed to keep their little piece of paradise a secret, thereby avoiding attention which explains why these Islands are probably not somewhere you have heard of. Newly discovered as an exotic holiday destination, Cape Verde is still a third world developing country and as such, the islands are beginning to enjoy the arrival of lots of new visitors and all the benefits that this brings, making them a sought after holiday destination. Espargos is located in Sal and although visitors tend not to roam too far away from Sal, which is also home to the main international airport, each of the other islands that make up this archipelago have much to offer by way of impressive scenery, rugged coastlines and miles of endless unpolluted sandy beaches. The Cape Verde Islands are definitely worth visiting if it is an exotic and tropical holiday you long for.
Espargos is the capital of Sal and got its name from asparagus which is its main produce. Espargos is famous for its picturesque town squares where you can soak up the ambience and atmosphere of this lovely part of the world. Although not considered a tourist destination, Espargos still retains its original way of life and has schools, banks and churches. You will also find interesting African craft shops and some lovely restaurants, as well as lots of places to stay. Most visitors to Sal head south to the impressive beaches of Santa Maria where you will be able to indulge yourself in various water sports such as diving, surfing, kite surfing and wind surfing, however, if it's more the history you are interested in, then make sure you visit Pedra de Lume where you will discover what was once the worlds' largest salt lake, or from Espargos, take a trip to the port of Palmeira where you will be able to experience daily life and visit the lobster farms and salt purifying stations. 'Real' Sal, however, will be experienced in Espargos itself, as the capital of the island it is just an ordinary town, but its development is underway and you will find that Espargos will offer you the perfect base for getting to know this wonderfully peaceful and beautiful island.
A relatively short flight from the UK, which will take approximately six hours, will transport you from ordinary life here to a very relaxed and laid back way of life in the Cape Verde Islands. Currently, direct flights leave from London Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham Airports. As Sal will be your destination airport, you will only have a short transfer to your hotel where you can unpack and begin to unwind. Getting around the island can easily be done on foot, however, if you intend venturing further afield, you could hire a 4 x 4 vehicle, a quad bike or simply cycle around. You may be able to find jeep tours or guides who will be able to take you on all the best walks. Food and entertainment here is plentiful and the local cuisine is often spiced up by way of local recipes. Espargos has café bars and restaurants so eating out and finding nightlife won't be difficult to do. The locals here are always welcoming and very friendly and you sometimes have to peek inside a shop to find out what it actually is – when you do, you will always find a smiling face to help you!
With plenty of markets and shops for you to browse round, you will be spoilt for choice deciding how to fill each day, but if you just fancy sunbathing on one of the gloriously white sandy beaches, you will feel as if you are the only person there as most of the beaches are surprisingly empty – no fighting for space here!
The Cape Verde Islands are waiting for you to discover them and Espargos will offer you the perfect base for beginning your discoveries.