CAPE VERDE GUIDE

Santiago

History & Language

There are sites around the islands, such as Cidade Velha or Ribeira Grande as it was then named, that reflect a fascinating history dating back to the Islands discovery in 1456.

Sal Beach

Weather

Cape Verde's climate is pleasantly tropical with year round average temperatures between 26° and 30° C.

Belvedere Buffet Restaurant

Food & Drink

You will generally find a good selection of restaurants in the main towns offering different choices of cuisine including local Creole and Portuguese specialities.

Carnival Time

Festivals & Events

Festivals are an important pastime for the Cape Verdeans with the biggest celebrations taking place on the island of Sao Vicente.

Local Market

Economy

Cape Verde is classed as a poor country however, the quality of life ranks highest in the United Nations index of West Africa.

Quads on Boa Vista

Out And About

Cape Verde is a popular beach holiday destination, but for those who prefer to get out and about there are a number of options available.

THE CAPE VERDE ISLANDS

The Cape Verde islands are a place of great contrasts, with each of the 10 islands offering a different experience. A unique cultural and geographical history reveals a fascinating range of cultures and landscapes to explore, all you need to do is choose one, two, or more of these eclectic islands and you're ready to embark on your next adventure. The landscapes vary from barren interiors to stunning beaches, and rugged mountain peaks to cliff-hanging villages. Some islands have a lively thriving local community - with some of the best music anywhere in the world; others, equally welcoming, are predominantly developed for tourism. Find out more about each of the Cape Verde islands below, so you can determine which island(s) offers your perfect sun-filled holiday. 

 

Santa Maria Pier, Sal

Sal

With golden sandy beaches sinking into azure waters, Sal is best described as a beach lover's paradise. It's also the archipelago's most popular island for holiday-makers. Read more.

Boa Vista

Boa Vista

Home to some of the most dazzling beaches on the archipelago covering a staggering 55km, it's ideal for those in search of total relaxation. Read more.

View of Cidade Velha from the fort

Santiago

The largest island in the archipelago and home to Praia, Cape Verde's capital, Santiago is an island rich in culture and eclectic history. Read more.

Peak of Mount Fogo

Fogo

Famed for its dramatic volcanic scenes, a visit to Fogo is highly recommended. It's striking volcano, standing at 2829m, dominates the landscape and promises adventure. Read more.

Musicians on the street in Mindelo

São Vicente

São Vicente's capital, Mindelo, is a vibrant musical town, where you can soak up the very best of Cape Verdean culture. It's also home to the destination's most famous Carnival. Read more

Santo Antão

Santo Antão

With its towering peaks and cliff-hanging towns, Santo Antão is the perfect island for walking enthusiasts, and general adventure seekers. Read more.

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Brava

Brava is looked upon as the secret island, with towering lava cliffs dropping down into the sea, hiding a fertile hinterland beyond. Read more.

Carbeirinho, Sao Nicolau - Guido Amrein, SwitzerlandGuido Amrein, Switzerland

São Nicolau

A stunning, unspoilt island, São Nicolau is home to some of the most impressive natural scenery in the archipelago. Read more.

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Santa Luzia

Santa Luzia is the smallest of the islands in Cape Verde at 35km2, and is also the only island which is uninhabited. Read more.

Boa Vista Surf

Maio

With a population of just 4,000 and untouched by tourism, this small island boasts scenic landscapes, lonely beaches and mature forests. Read more.