Named after the “Green cape”, Cape Verde have been a white dot on the tourist map for a long time.
The exposed situation, off the beaten tourist track, accounts for the particular charm of the Cape Verde islands which makes a perfect location for yacht charter.
The scenic diversity of the archipelago sets the stage for ideal sailing conditions all year round.
The 15 islands fascinate by their contrasts: in the north-west you will find the dry islands with jagged mountains of Santo Antao, Sao Vicente and Sao Nicolau; in the east the desert-like islands of Sal, Boavista and Maio with their white beaches, and in the south the mountainous volcano islands with their deep valleys and breathtaking landscapes of Santiago, Fogo and Brava.
In all their diversity these islands share one thing: the population is very friendly and straightforward.
Cape Verde lie approx. 800 NM to the south of the Canaries and approx.
250 NM to the west of the coast of Senegal.
The Cape Verdean islands are rated as a first class area of sailing and have so far retained their status as an area for adventurers.
Relaxing cruises between the islands are just as possible as sportive sailing.
In any case, the area offers:
– open Atlantic waters with a choice of pleasant short or demanding long distances between islands;
– good meteorological conditions in the prevailing north-eastern trade winds;
– barely touched sailing grounds with many quiet bays and seemingly endless sandy beaches on lonely islands;
– a friendly population in a geologically highly diverse group of islands encompassing anything from deserts to bizarre volcanic formations;
– Mindelo with its buzzing lifestyle of an African harbour town with a strong Portuguese influence.
The harbour of Mindelo on Sao Vicente is the ideal starting point for a yacht charter in Cape Verde. The prevailing NE trade winds make it immediately accessible from almost any island.