Enigmatic Cabo Verde

Enigmatic Cabo Verde – February 2015

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Cabo Verde, the still rather unknown collection of Islands, located East of Senegal & Gambia, is something of a gem. We booked a week here the day after my mother’s wedding (frankly needing a holiday to recover from the stress of it all!) and got a fabulous deal I have to say. Before I get onto that, briefly the flights were about £400 each – it’s almost 8 hours, but is somehow crazily classed as short haul – so it’s the zone of budget airlines & airbuses, for the longest time they can just about get away with – not pleasant. I presume it will be the same with Gambia that I’m keen to try – although a friend of mine, Ms C, advises they are a little anti-gay, so needs more research.

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Made in Madeira

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Made in Madeira

Right: The view from the rooftop pool of the Vine Hotel, with the Atlantic ocean extending before you.

This trip, back in a bright & sunny November (in Madeira that is…) was the start of something special, in many ways. Mr G & I had known each other for only 6 weeks, and we decided to go away for a little ‘SB’, to get to know one another more. It was here in Madeira, I think we can safely say that we fell in love – and we also fell head over heels for Madeira too.

Viewed as an island for the oldies, it might seem a strange choice on first glance. However, I am always keen to explore & I hadn’t visited before – it was a good choice in terms of weather (it’s about an hour by plane north of the Canaries), and it was economical too – flights were around £300 each both ways, with a flight time of about 4 hours.

For this trip, I booked everything independently, as the hotel we opted for had a great offer on, when booking direct.

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