Continuing to explore undiscovered event and incentive travel destinations, a recent trip took us to Malta.
Located between Sicily and the North African coast, Malta is a nation known for historic sites related to a succession of rulers including the Romans, Moors, Knights of Saint John, the French and the British. Best known in Britain as a sun and sea destination, Malta gets more than 300 sunny days a year and is surrounded by the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean.
Our exploration of destinations old and new moves on to the warm waters of the central Atlantic Ocean, and the Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) islands.
This group of 8 very small volcanic islands sits in the ocean some 650km off the African West coast (Dakar, Senegal) and 2,600km or so east of Fortaleza, northern Brazil. The latter is relevant as local legends have it that as recently as 2003, some unlucky Cape Verdean fishermen (or lucky ones, depending on your point of view), were found on the coast of Brazil after drifting for 40 or so days from Cape Verde. Over the past century, Cabo Verde was in turn occupied by the Italians, and then most recently the Portuguese, whose language dominates locally, along with Creole. The islands nominally trade in euros, but this is very much Africa and not Europe.