Characterised by windswept dunes and whispering palm trees, a safari across Boa Vista's Viana desert is a million times more thrilling while bouncing in the saddle of a hired quad bike. Make sure you take a break at the small oasis before heading back to watch the sun set over the dunes.
Sal's naturally-occurring salt pans in the crater of an inactive volcano gave rise to the island's name. Thanks to the added buoyancy provided by their high saline content, the multi-coloured lakes are one of the few places on Earth where visitors can expect to float like a cork.
You'll find spectacular sea caves and grottoes all along Sal's west coast, but it's the Buracona Lagoon which is the stand-out. When the sun's rays hit the water just right, its entire surface lights up like a "blue eye." Eerie but beautiful.
Sparsely-populated Fogo doesn't attract too many tourists, but the sight of its volcanic peak Pico Do Fogo is well worth the journey. Last erupting in 2014, its lava flows have carved the island into steep slopes of black rock and green valleys.
If you fancy a change from all that beach action, head to the fishing village of Santa Maria, world-famous for its wind and kite-surfing. Look out for the rusted wreckage of the Spanish freighter Cabo de Santa Maria which ran aground here in 1968.
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