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Fancy a slice of the exotic without the jet lag? Look no further than Cape Verde, a fascinating smattering of islands some 400km off the coast of Senegal. A melting pot of African and Portuguese culture blessed with white sand beaches and gorgeous blue waters, these islands were never going to stay secret for long. Whether you’re into water sports, volcano trekking or just fancy a beach break somewhere sunny, a holiday in Cape Verde is a cracking option. Direct flights from the UK to the islands of Sal and Boa Vista mean Cape Verde is accessible and easy to reach in just six hours – here are ten things in Cape Verde we think you’d be mad to miss. Hit the beach Cape Verde has the kind of beaches that fade off into the horizon in both directions; beaches that are lapped by impossibly clear, wonderfully warm waters that once you’re on, you never want to get off. There’s a reason the Cape Verde islands have been dubbed the “African Caribbean”. Santa Maria on Sal and Praia de Chaves on Boa Vista, for example, rival anything you’ll find over the other side of the Atlantic – these two islands are almost entirely surrounded by stunning sands, so take your pick! Get your surf on Strong winds whipping in off the Atlantic have made Sal a globally-renowned location for surfing or all kinds. During the winter months, the island is packed with kite and windsurfers, keen to test their skills out in the difficult conditions – it’s a hard place to learn, but, as the instructors will tell you, once you can surf here, you can surf anywhere. There are various operations offering lessons dotted around Santa Maria. If you’re after a crash course in kitesurfing, for example, Mitu & Djo Kite School at the aptly-named Kite Beach gives beginners’ lessons for around €85. Quad bike accross Sal’s rugged interior Flying into Sal, you could easily mistake it for Mars – if Mars were surrounded by turquoise waters and white beaches, that is. Yes, Sal’s barren, rocky interior isn’t ideal for an afternoon stroll, but it does make it the perfect playground for a little off-road adventure. Quad tours are available all over the island, but your best bet is to book through your hotel or down in Santa Maria. Gorge...Read More
From North Yorkshire to Norfolk, we’re scoured Britain’s coastline for the best beaches we could find. Have we got it right, or is your favourite missing? Read on and find out! Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire Caught in a time warp, the quaint fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay is the perfect place to escape the strife of modern life. Sheltered from the rest of the world by steep, craggy cliffs, the beach itself delivers a slice of Yorkshire’s coastline at its dramatic best all year round. Robin Hood’s Bay is the type of beach for people who don’t just like to sit still on the sand, with rockpooling and walking among the fun activities when the tide’s out. And when you’re done scrambling through the rocks looking for critters, retire to the pub for some legendary North Yorkshire scampi. Choose from a big range of North Yorkshire hotels. MORE: Europe’s most beautiful beaches Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland Natives of Northumberland will tell you (or perhaps they won’t – they might want to keep you away…) that their stretch of coastline is the best in Britain. And after a visit, you’d be hard pressed to disagree. We’ve picked Bamburgh, a multi-purpose gem of a beach watched over by a brooding castle, not just for its beauty, but also its mass appeal. Perfect for a spot of sunbathing (when the weather’s right), this beach is also home to surfers, windsurfers and walkers – it really is a place for everyone to get sandy. The historic village of Bamburgh, with its quaint pubs and cafes, has a quiet appeal to it, which, like its beach, is why it’s so popular with locals and tourists alike. Durdle Door, Dorset Probably one of Britain’s most recognisable beaches, Durdle Door, with its iconic limestone arch, has more than a hint of the Algarve about it. Surrounded by miles and miles of glorious countryside, this picturesque cove has become the stand-out poster child for the Jurassic Coast. Due to a natural offshore reef, the bay is protected from tidal swells so it’s ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Not had your fill of stunning British beaches? Head over to nearby Lulworth Cove and Man O’ War beach – there must be something in the water. Find a cheap hotel in Dorset. Sandwood...Read More