Places in Cape Verde
Small, stark and undulating, São Vicente on its own would be fairly forgettable were it not for the beautiful Mediterranean town of Mindelo, Cape Verde's prettiest city and home to one of Africa's most raucous festivals. If you do need a break from the city, Mt Verde (750m), the island's highest peak and only touch of green, is an easy day's hike.
Santiago, the largest member of the archipelago and the first to be settled, has a little bit of all the other islands. It has the sandy beaches, the desert plains, the verdant valleys and the mountainous interior as well as the capital, Praia. All this makes it a worthy stop on your Cape Verdean rambles.
Cape Verde's capital and largest city, Praia, has the sprawling suburbs of any developing city. In the centre, standing on a large fortresslike plateau (hence the name Platô) and overlooking the ocean, is an attractive old quarter with enough to keep you happily occupied for a day.