Cape Verde is an Archipelago of ten islands lying like a jewelled necklace off the coast of West Africa. And how they sparkle. Until recently Cape Verde's beauty was largely kept a secret – the long beaches of endless white sand, lapped by turquoise ocean: the historical mystery of colonial style towns like Ribeira Grande the first European City in the tropics: the wide variety of landscapes – from dramatic volcanic – to lush and verdant. Nowadays, the Cape Verde islands are opening up to tourists. Even the Cape Verde people are unique, being a cultural mix of their two nearest neighbours – Senegal and Brazil, this combination is most obvious in the ever-present Cape Verde music; a scintillating hip-swinging fusion of Samba and Salsa sprinkled with tribal African.