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Best Places to Visit

Praia, the official capital of Cape Verde, is a must-see. Located on the largest and most populated island, Santiago, Praia is the Cape Verdean town that is most influenced by African culture. With a bit of everything, from green valleys to stunning beaches, to a bustling city centre, Praia is worth a few days of exploring on Cape Verde holidays. The island is also great for bird watching, with many indigenous species found here.

For the cultural centre of Cape Verde, look no further than the island of Săo Vicente and its port city of Mindelo. This lively little community is quite the charmer with its quaint, rainbow-coloured buildings and original cobbled streets. Visitors won't be able to walk a metre without coming across traditional live music or local artists. While the beaches here are not as appealing as those on some of the other islands, the art, music and nightlife are unrivalled.

With its stunning white-sand beaches and water so clear you can see the sea- bed, Boa Vista is a sunbather's dream. With most of the surface area actually covered in sand, it's no guessing what this small island's main attraction is. Well-known for its rolling sand dunes and a landscape dotted with date palm trees, Boa Vista has a range of water-based activities to keep everyone happy. At the right time of the year, travellers may even be treated to a sighting of sea turtles, which are most visible at night-time.

Brava is the smallest island in the Cape Verdean family, but many visitors argue it is the most beautiful. Known also as the 'island of flowers', Brava is made for nature lovers. Walking through the lush green valley, which is filled with stunning indigenous flora and fauna, travellers can experience relaxation the way nature intended. For some reason, Brava is not regularly by many visitors, leaving it as one of Cape Verde's best kept secrets. For a chance to get away from everything on holidays to Cape Verde, try the nearby fishing village of Faja d'Agua.

Fogo Island has little else to offer except what is arguably Cape Verde's biggest attraction - Pico de Fogo, a volcano rising almost 3,000m above sea level. The village formed in the crater of the volcano, Chã das Caldeiras, with its extremely fertile land, boasts several activities that include local Cape Verdean wine tasting.

Need to know

Language

The official language of Cape Verde is Portuguese, but the language most widely spoken by locals is Cape Verdean Creole, an amalgamation of Portuguese and West African tongues. English is used by the young generation on the busier islands, as well as by those working in the tourism industry. It is considered polite for travellers to learn some very basic Creole when travelling here.

Currency

The official currency is the escudo (CVE), which is divided into 100 centavos. US dollars and Euros are accepted by some of the big businesses but they usually give escudos as change. ATMs accepting Visa, MasterCard and Maestro can be found on the more cosmopolitan islands of Sal, Santiago and Săo Vicente. Upscale hotels and restaurants accept credit cards but the majority of accommodation and eateries prefer cash. Money can be exchanged at the major airports in Praia and Sal, and in all banks found in the large towns, but remember exchange rates may vary so it is worth checking where you can get the best rates.

Visas

All visitors to the country require a visa. Tourist visas valid for 30 days can be obtained on arrival at Praia and Sal airports or at any other port of entry. Visas can also be arranged before arrival through a Cape Verdean embassy, but the issuing process can take up to 21 days. Single-entry visas as well as multiple-entry visas, for a higher fee, are available. Make sure your passport is valid for the duration of your trip, including your return journey.

Climate

An advantage of being situated in the middle of the ocean is the cooling offshore currents which keep Cape Verde's climate warm all year-round. The rainy season is from August to September, but rainfall is sporadic, with some islands seeing no rain at all. Temperatures cool down to a minimum of 19°C from December to March and rise to a maximum of 29°C from May to November. The best time to visit is probably between February and June, as this period sees long days and a gentle sun.

Main Airports

While Amilcar Cabral International Airport on the island of Sal is the most popular gateway, there are several other international airports across the country, including Praia International Airport in Santiago and Săo Pedro International Airport on Săo Vicente. These air hubs receive direct flights from Europe with most global carriers, while some of the small islands have seasonal routes. There are also short-hop transfer flights between the islands too.

Flight Options

National airlines have several services between Cape Verde and cities in Europe, including Lisbon, Amsterdam, Madrid and Paris. Travel time on a direct flight between London and Cape Verde is around six hours.

Travel Advice

Fares during the peak season between February and June rise substantially, so make sure to book well in advance. When flying from London, a popular option is to catch a connecting flight in Lisbon, which could lower the overall cost.

Other Transport Options

It is possible to reach some of the Cape Verde islands by boat. The main ports are Praia on Santiago and the lively Mindelo on Săo Vicente. Ferries are notoriously unreliable, however, and may end up costing you more than a flight - not to mention being a much slower way to travel, especially over long distances.

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Feiten

  1. Je hoort vaak over de Kaapverdische Eilanden gesproken worden als 'Cabo Verde', de inheemse Portugese variant van de naam. De eilanden zijn vernoemd naar Cap-Vert in naburig Senegal, wat letterlijk 'de groene kaap' betekent.
  2. Toen de Portugezen de eilandengroep in de 15e eeuw ontdekten, waren hun koloniën de eerste mensen die zich permanent op de eilanden vestigden.
  3. Vanaf oktober 2013 is de naam van het land voor alle officiële doeleinden 'Republiek Cabo Verde', en wordt dit niet langer vertaald in het Engels of een andere wereldtaal als in een officiële strekking naar Kaapverdië wordt verwezen.

Feiten

  1. Je hoort vaak over de Kaapverdische Eilanden gesproken worden als 'Cabo Verde', de inheemse Portugese variant van de naam. De eilanden zijn vernoemd naar Cap-Vert in naburig Senegal, wat letterlijk 'de groene kaap' betekent.
  2. Toen de Portugezen de eilandengroep in de 15e eeuw ontdekten, waren hun koloniën de eerste mensen die zich permanent op de eilanden vestigden.
  3. Vanaf oktober 2013 is de naam van het land voor alle officiële doeleinden 'Republiek Cabo Verde', en wordt dit niet langer vertaald in het Engels of een andere wereldtaal als in een officiële strekking naar Kaapverdië wordt verwezen.

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