The Cape Verde archipelago is made up of ten islands of volcanic origin, located in the Atlantic ocean about 600 km off the African coast of Senegal.
Each island is unique and offers at least one good reason for a trip to Cape Verde.
Windward Islands: Santo Antão, São Vicente, Santa Luzia (uninhabited), São Nicolau, Sal and Boavista
Leeward Islands: Maio, Santiago, Fogo and Brava
For sun and beach, we recommend the islands of Sal and Boavista, the most touristy, and also the island of Maio. The island of Boavista has a special attraction: between June and September, it is possible to observe the nesting of sea turtles.
What to know before traveling to Cape Verde:
As in other African countries, it is not advisable to drink tap water. Use bottled water or a reusable water bottle with a filter and avoid ice in drinks.
It is recommended to venture out for local food, even if it’s just once. In addition to the typical Cape Verdean dish, cachupa, fish and seafood are the best options.
Called by some “the most musical country in Africa”, the first thing that will catch your attention is the quality of Cape Verdean music.
Hot Weather All Year Round
The islands are warm and sunny all year round, making them ideal for many visitors with no special interest. Any time is perfect to enjoy the beauty of Cape Verde.
Euros Are Accepted!
Although the official currency in Cape Verde is the escudo, euros are accepted in the vast majority of shops and restaurants.
Top things to see and do in Cape Verde
Pico de Fogo Volcano
With a maximum altitude of 2,900 meters above sea level, the Pico de Fogo volcano is the island main attraction and can be climbed in about six hours, departing from the nearby town of Chã de Caldeiras.
Ilha do Sal
Ilha do Sal is the liveliest island in the archipelago and has the best hotels in the region. Its winter trade winds make this an ideal destination for surfers.
The most cosmopolitan city in Cape Verde, is considered the cultural capital of the archipelago, especially for its musical tradition.
Pedra Lume is located inside an old volcano crater where sea water infiltrates and evaporates and its entry is made through a tunnel.
Ribeira Brava is a friendly city, with many houses that keep the colonial heritage, and where its original architecture stands out.
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