Enjoy an evening of traditional music and dancing at the Morabeza, taking place every Saturday starting on 9th November 2013. This event is fun for the whole family, and takes place in the Las Palmiers Restaurant in the grounds of the Morabeza Hotel, just next to the main pier on Santa Maria Beach. With a spectacular buffet featuring local delicacies, you’re sure to have a great night, and this event has been popular with visitors in the past.
Cape Verde is an archipelago of 10 islands just off the coast of Senegal, with West African and Portugese roots, and the climate here is warm year-round. If you visit in November, you’ve just missed the rainy season, and the average daytime temperature is around 29 degrees centigrade, just perfect for lazing on the white sandy beaches! If you are unsure of what to do while in Cape Verde, travel operators such as First Choice, Thomas Cook and Thomson may be able to help you with ideas.
You can also fly with TAP Portugal or TACV from most major UK airports to Sal in Cape Verde, and flight time from London is around eight and a half hours with a stop in Lisbon. Why not stay at the Morabeza itself, and enjoy the 4 restaurants, 3 bars and sports and leisure facilities, including tennis courts, a fitness suite, archery, mini-golf and more.
Things to see and do
If you’re staying at the Morbeza Hotel or another in the area, you’ll find plenty of things to see and do. The hotel faces the beautiful white sandy beach, where you can relax and unwind or try your hand at kitesurfing, diving or windsurfing. You could take an excursion by boat to Boa Vista and enjoy a tour of the island followed by lunch, or head on a half or full day fishing trip. Snorkeling is a great way to see the region’s diverse marine life and colorful fish, or gather the family together and rent a catamaran for the day!
You’ll find the beaches at Boa Vista and Sal attract those on package holidays, although Santa Maria Beach has quiet spots where you can relax and unwind with a best seller without being disturbed. You can’t miss a visit to Santiago; home to half the Cape Verdean population, it’s the largest island in the archipelago and has a diverse and beautiful landscape to explore. Head for Praia, the capital city, where you’ll find the old town, with magnificent examples of colonial architecture, and the fortress of Bateira – worth the climb for the breath-taking views of the ocean! The Varzea Quarter is home to the Mercado de Sucupira, a labyrinth of market stalls selling traditional African food, clothing, fabric, spices and household appliances, and it’s well worth a visit just for the ambience alone. When evening falls, make for the Achada de Santo Antonio quarter, where you will find the city’s bars, restaurants and nightclubs; there are plenty to choose from and the locals here are welcoming and friendly.
Winter is the perfect time of year to visit Cape Verde, avoiding the rainy season (April – October) and the peak-season crowds whilst still enjoying a luxurious family holiday or romantic break for two.