Cape Verde, three hundred and fifty miles off the coast of Senegal in West Africa, is a country that spans an archipelago of ten volcanic islands. Uninhabited until colonised by the Portuguese in the fifteenth century, it gained its independence in 1975. With no natural resources, the economy relies heavily on tourism and the service industries and millions have been spent in developing superb resorts and building international airports. Cape Verde is a year round holiday destination with average highs lying between twenty-six and thirty-one degrees. Rainfall is sparse with the majority of it falling in September. Although each island has its own distinctive character, they all have one important thing in common, namely fabulous white or golden sandy beaches. With plenty of activities, your holiday can be as active or as relaxed as you wish. With superb accommodation and good food, Cape Verde promises to be the holiday of a life time.