One of the most prized birds of the islands, the magnificent frigate bird can be found only on the islet of Curral Velho off Boavista.
The crystal clear blue waters inside a cave in Santa Maria on the island of Sal.
Cape Verde is famous for its music: beautifully haunting mornas are a common genre played by musicians such as these in Chã das Caldeiras on Fogo.
Built on a tableland of rock, the city of Praia and its plateau feel indisputably African and yet Mediterranean as well.
Pelourino Square in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Cidade Velha.
Farms are cut into the hillsides on the island of Santo Antão.
A local fisherman shows off his catch: fishing is still big business on the island of Brava.
Monte Verde’s distinctive flora on São Vicente, with views of Calhau in the background.
Perched like a fairy-tale village on a high spit of land above a deep ribeira on Santo Antão, Fontainhas can be reached along a winding cobbled road from Ponta do Sol.
The fort at Porto Grande is built high into the cliffs.
Adapting to the oddities of its habitat, the grey-headed kingfisher dines on insects instead of its namesake fish due to the lack of inland water.
On the island of Maio, fishing is for everyone, even the local children.
Fishing boats anchored on the sand in a typical Cape Verdean harbour.
Tourists and locals alike hike along the coastal paths around many Cape Verdean islands.
Local women on the island of Santiago.
The colourful port town of Mindelo on the north coast of São Vicente.
The typically conical summit of the volcanic Pico de Fogo on the island of Fogo.
A fine example of the bright Portuguese colonial architecture in Praia, Cape Verde’s capital city.
With diving centres on five of the islands and an abundance marine life in the surrounding waters, Cape Verde is an excellent place to go diving (pictured: pufferfish).
Now called Cidade Velha, the old city of Ribeira Grande was the first European city in the tropics and a pivotal area of transatlantic slave trade.
Stunning beaches abound across the islands, such as this one beautiful stretch of white sand: Sal Beach.
Many hikes on the island of Santiago begin at the northern area of Serra Malagueta, which rises to a height of 1,064m.
St Antony’s chapel on the island of Boavista.
Brightly coloured boats line the sand at Tarrafal de Monte Trigo.
The red-billed tropicbird, also know as the boatswain bird, is one of three threatened avian species in Cape Verde.
The sandy Viana desert on the island of Boavista.
Follow the road up to the volcano on Fogo to see the remnants of the last eruption on this active volcanic island up close.
With steady wind throughout the year and 965km of coastline spotted with reefs and points, Cape Verde has developed an international reputation for spectacular windsurfing, particularly at Ponta Preta.