Cape Verde tops destination wishlist
The volcanic Cape Verde islands have topped a list of the most sought-after destinations for 2014.
When almost 1,800 British holidaymakers were asked where they were considering going this year, one in three (31 per cent) named the Atlantic archipelago ahead of World Cup host Brazil (26 per cent) and exotic north African destination Morocco (23 per cent).
This left more established holiday locations such as the USA (12 per cent) down in seventh place on the list compiled by sunshine.co.uk, reflecting the fact that 66 per cent of those surveyed are looking to head to a destination they’ve never been to before in the coming year, with 64 per cent yearning to travel abroad. More than half (54 per cent) said they’d most likely be going on two holidays in 2014.
Completing the top ten were Sicily (21 per cent) in fourth, Madeira (18 per cent) in fifth, Mexico (16 per cent) in sixth, Turkey (9 per cent) in eighth, Ibiza (5 per cent) in ninth and New Zealand (4 per cent) in tenth.
As from where those surveyed drew their holiday inspiration, the majority said friends recommendations (47 per cent), ahead of TV (35 per cent) and travel writing (30 per cent).
“It appears that the up-and-coming destinations are Cape Verde, Brazil, Morocco and Sicily and it’s not hard to see why, as all offer great weather, amazing scenery and plenty of activities,” commented Chris Clarkson, managing director of sunshine.co.uk.
“To see Brazil at number two in the list must have something to do with the World Cup.”
Speaking of travel writing, Cape Verde’s popularity this year could well be due to the fact that National Geographic magazine recently named it as one of 21 must-see tourist destinations in 2014.
Attractions on the islands include diving, snorkelling, wind surfing, kite surfing, fishing, trekking and whale and turtle watching. Cape Verde has the ideal climate for outdoor holidays, with average temperatures between 26 and 30C all year round and barely a drop of rain from November to May. The sea is also pleasantly warm (20-25C) from January to December.