Cape Verde is an arrow-shaped, 10-island archipelago is located in the Atlantic Ocean off the Western coast of Africa. The islands were created by magma that rose through the ocean to sea level over time, making them naturally volcanic. On Cape Verde, both Creole and Portuguese are spoken, however each island also has its own dialect.
The main island, Santiago, is home to the capital and largest city of Cape Verde, Praia, and is also home to the bulk of the nation’s population. The sun shines throughout the year on the islands of Cape Verde, and temperatures tend to range between 21 and 29°C, with low humidity. It is best to avoid Cape Verde from August to September, as that is its rainy season.
If you are planning a trip to Cape Verde, it is important to know that visitors must obtain a visa, which can be obtained in advance or upon arrival at one of Cape Verde’s international airports. If you plan on island hopping during your vacation, we suggest flying on Cape Verde’s domestic flights for the islands that have airports, and taking Cape Verde’s national ferries to the islands without airports.
Each of Cape Verde’s islands has its own specialty. For example, Brava is one of the few islands that is only accessible by boat, but makes for a great day trip for those who enjoy lush greenery, botany, and misty forests. A similar island to visit would be Santa Luzia, which is uninhabited, but visitors can also take a day trip there. Santo Antão is famous for its green valleys, making it a fabulous destination for avid hikers. Also, São Nicolau is a mountainous island that features a great deal of agriculture. The island, Fogo, which means fire in Portuguese, is Cape Verde’s volcanic island that can be explored by foot or on horseback. Its volcano, Pico de Fogo, most recently erupted in November 2014. São Vicente is considered the cultural capital of Cape Verde, and Mindelo is known for its nightlife scene, with its vast array of bars and music clubs. Boa Vista and Sal Maio feature vast dunes, indigo blue water, and beautiful views, especially at Praia Chave. Lastly, the 8-kilometer coast of beaches on Sal is the perfect place for water sports like windsurfing, catamaraning, and sea fishing.
Visit Cape Verde to experience a mix of African, Portuguese, and Brazilian cultures!