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Cape Verde Holidays

At a glance

CurrencyCVE: Cape Verde Escudo LanguagePortuguese (though Creole is widely spoken too) Flight Duration6 hours 15 minutes (from the UK) Time ZoneGMT –1 hour

Nestled 500km off the coast of West Africa in the Atlantic Ocean, the ten small islands that make up Cape Verde are the ideal holiday hidden gem. With a rich Portuguese heritage and an added Brazilian vibrancy the Islanders are warm, friendly and extremely proud of their nation. Cape Verde is also blessed with year-round sun and a tropical climate to make it the perfect place to relax and enjoy the expanses of beautiful golden beaches. With each island completely individual to the next, choosing where to stay is no easy feat. Sal and Boa Vista offer sun, surf, beaches and an excellent choice of lovely hotels. São Vicente is regarded as the cultural and musical hub while Santo Antão provides a mountainous backdrop with an almost uninhabited feeling. Fogo, or the 'Island of Fire', is home to an active volcano and provides a raw, rugged lunar landscape and the largest island of Santiago is arguably the nation's historic and cultural epicentre where it's Mediterranean, South American and African influences effortlessly collide. Cape Verde is an undiscovered and unique setting for the perfect getaway which truly has something for everyone.

Hotel Morabeza
Crioula Clubhotel
Melia Tortuga Beach
Nha Terra

Great Places to Visit

A holiday in Cape Verde is all about kicking back and enjoying beach life. Whether you do that on one island or explore all ten is up to you!

Beach Life

The popular tourist islands of Sal, Maio and Boa Vista all boast gorgeous sandy beaches that stretch on for miles, meaning it’s never a challenge to find a good spot for sunbathing. The waves can be quite rough though, so while the sea is great for kite surfing, you do need to be careful if you’re holidaying with children.

Dine Like a Local

Boa Vista is the culinary capital of Cape Verde, but you’ll find delicious local seafood including squid, prawns and lobster and the local tipple of sugar cane rum everywhere you go. Be brave and expand your gourmet horizons by trying the national dish of cachupa rica – a Creole style fish, bean, vegetable and maize stew.

Explore the Islands

The main tourist areas have evolved because of their champagne-sand beaches, but don’t miss the chance to discover some off the lesser known islands and their deserted black volcanic sands. Ask your hotel about organised tours in 4 x 4 vehicles where experienced guides will show you the best off-the-beaten track sights.

Getting Around

As a new tourist destination on a fairly undeveloped island, Cape Verde’s roads are pretty rudimentary. That said, it’s easy to get a taxi from both major airports in Sal and Santiago. Buses are limited to the two main towns, and due to the unpredictable roads most tourists choose not to drive. All the islands are connected by ferry services, but don’t expect a bar – they double as cargo ships!

By Bus

Santiago and Sao Vincente are the only islands with bus services. But you can flag down a shared bus called the aluguer – just don’t ask for a timetable because there isn’t one!

By Car

As tourism picks up, options for car hire are improving. But it’s a brave driver who tackles the islands’ sometimes ramshackle roads, especially without a 4 x 4. If you do go for it, stick to the right.

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Passports and Visas

British citizens need a visa and 6 months on their passport to enter Cape Verde. To avoid delays on arrival it’s best to arrange this before you travel. To find out how to do this go to For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cape-verde/entryrequirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/

Health and Safety

You’ll need travel and medical insurance to travel to Cape Verde. Be aware that medical facilities on the islands are limited. For more info, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cape-verde/health

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