Cape Verde Sunshine
Northern Europeans are always on the look out for winter sun. Retirees in particular often choose to buy a second home in a country that has a mild, dry and sunny winter climate providing them with an opportunity to escape the dark and cold months in their home country, usually returning North for the summer. One such place is Cape Verde – the Cape Verde sunshine is world famous, and we’ve got some good reasons for your consideration right here…
Spain is a traditional choice for those seeking a winter retreat, but there is another possibility and that is Cape Verde, which is becoming more popular as it becomes better known. The volcanic islands were completely uninhabited until Portuguese and Genoese explorers discovered them in 1456, and Cape Verde only got a population due to colonisation. It has had a low profile in the global tourism market, but gradually its attractions are gaining it a bigger audience. Cape Verde is starting to call to foreign buyers, and each year property purchases are rising to record levels.
Where to enjoy the Cape Verde sunshine
The group of 10 islands lie about 350 miles of the coast of West Africa – off Senegal to be more precise, which means they are pretty far south compared with the Canaries, another winter sun destination.
Although it may seem to present a bit of a journey to get there, remember it isn’t as far as Cape Town, another place where Europeans like to spend their winter months, and there are direct flights to Cape Verde’s largest island Praia and to the islands of Sal and Boa Vista. And, because of Cape Verde’s Portuguese colonial past, Portugal’s national carrier TAP offers a number of routes to the islands using Lisbon as the connecting hub.
The average temperature in January is 25°C and you can enjoy between five and nine hours of Cape Verde sunshine daily. The majority of beach resorts are on Sal and Boa Vista, and while they might not have yet reached the luxury levels you will find in the Canaries or southern Spain, the amenities are comfortable and dependable.
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And Cape Verde also offers plenty of opportunities for exploration. The islands are scattered across 1,500 square miles of the Atlantic, and island-hopping excursions have now become a key feature of its offering to visitors. Sailing is another popular activity and it is often described as the “unspoilt alternative to the Caribbean” for those who want to sail or windsurf in a spot that hasn’t yet become over-commercialised.
Umuzee has a growing portfolio of Cape Verde properties for sale – starting from €15,000. If you’re looking for a home where you can enjoy the sun year round, or just in winter, why not take a look at Cape Verde.