Cape Verde, also known as Cabo Verde, is made up of 10 major islands about 560 km (350 miles) off the west coast of Africa.
Located in the central Atlantic Ocean, the archipelago was formed by volcanic action millions of years ago, though some islands have experienced eruptions in more recent history.
Discovered by Portuguese explores in 1462, it was a colony of Portugal until gaining independence in 1976.
The Cape Verde islands are mostly mountains and deserts, with a few green valleys and forests sprinkled in.
It’s warm and dry – some islands rarely get rain, so it makes a good year ‘round travel destination.
The mountainous terrain makes it popular with hikers, while trade winds make it popular with surfers and yachters.