El Hierro – the most pristine of the Canary Islands
Little El Hierro with its tranquil villages is the perfect island to unwind. Far from the bustle of the Canaries,
walkers and hikers find here their perfect natural paradise. From steep ciffs to green highlands, from lava deserts to mystical cloud forests, this small volcanic island of just 278 square kilometres (107 square miles) features the most diverse natural landscapes and temperate zones.
The rich cultural mix of Cape Verde
Not just geographically, Cape Verde is situated between Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. The Portuguese colony was a hub of the slave trade and exile for the religiously persecuted. Since 1461, customs, musical
traditions and genes have amalgamated to the entirely new Creole culture. In 1975, the República Cabo Verde proudly declared its independence.
São Vicente – native island of Cesária Évora
Violin sounds mingle with African drums, Fado meets Polka and creates musical styles like Morna, Batuque and Funaná: The Cape Verde Islands are a melting pot of world music. Cesária Évora from lively Mindelo was the isles’ most famous singer. Barefoot and with a sweet melancholy, she sang of love, hurt and hope and is still revered today as the “Queen of Morna”.
Santo Antão, the island of contrast
The second largest island of Cape Verde enchants with its spectacular natural diversity. While the volcanic craters in the barren south are reminiscent of moonscapes, rocky mountainous landscapes alternate with green and fertile valleys in the north. Besides pineapples, mango trees and coconut palms, sugar cane is also grown here – and distilled into the national schnaps Grogue.