If screaming down the side of a volcano like you are being chased by hot flowing lava is your thing then you should consider a Cape Verde mountain biking holiday.
Cape Verde can be extreme and is a Mecca for downhill and freeride enthusiasts. The trails are mostly rocky with loose footing, and often windy and steep. Luckily for the rider shuttle services can assist with getting you and your bike to the beginning of the trails.
You know when your ride begins above the clouds that the experience is going to be mind blowing. Very narrow stone tracks that snake down the mountain and endless switchbacks will test every bit of your riding ability. Often these trails will leave you with your heart in your mouth so if you don’t have a head for heights make sure you check before you start your ride as some are truly vertigo inducing descents.
The highest of the islands is home to the still active volcano of Pica de Foga which rises to 2829 metres and last erupted in 1995 and is the most popular destination for mountain biking in Cape Verde.
One thing you can be guaranteed of when you visit Cape Verde is sunshine. In fact there are around 350 sunny days a year with temperatures ranging between 21ºC and 29ºC and a fairly low humidity of 40% to 60%.
Offering a range of terrains, the Cape Verde islands present you with wonderful coastal roads for relaxing rides taking in amazing views, or visit Foga and ride the trails around the base of the Pico volcano. Trails, gravel, and salt flats – plenty to engage the avid mountain biking enthusiast.
For the thrill seeking mountain biker looking for an experience that is unrivalled anywhere in the world Cape Verde has to be on your MTB bucket list!