At a glance
Currency: CVE: Cape Verde Escudo
Language: Portuguese (though Creole is widely spoken too)
Flight Duration: 6 hours 15 minutes (from the UK)
Time Zone: GMT –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.