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The Ultimate 7-Day Cape Verde Itinerary (& 7 Pro Tips)

When I embarked on a journey to the small, remote Cape (Cabo) Verde islands in the middle of the Atlantic, I did not know what to expect.

Would the islands, because of their deep importance with the Atlantic slave trade routes, remind me of my travels across Senegal ? Or instead, would they remind me of the Canary Islands or even the Azores?

What I experienced instead was totally unexpected – and far better.

Though I’m jealous of those who get to spend weeks on end in these enchanting islands, a week is just enough to get a good taste of Cape Verde. And perhaps little enough to make you want to come back for more.

The Ultimate 7-Day Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) Itinerary

This jam-packed 7-day expedition across Cape Verde is sure to maximize your exploration and enjoyment of these magnificent islands.

  • Fly directly to Sal, Cape Verde (SID) and explore this magnificent desert-island: 2 days
  • Hop on a local turboprop plane and ferry to Santo Antão for 3 days of ultimate hiking
  • Ferry back to São Vicente for an incredible night in Mindelo
  • Turboprop it down to Praia, Santiago Island and enjoy the most underrated island of Cape Verde: 2 days

Pro Tip : Book a multi-city ticket finishing your trip in Praia – where you can either fly directly to Europe and Africa, or connect in Sal for your onwards flight. This way you do a nice circuit tour of the islands.

Related: The 20 Ultimate Things to Do in Sal, Cape Verde [2023-2024]

What to do with 9 days in Cape (Cabo) Verde?

An additional adventure I wish I had done in Cabo Verde is exploring the nation’s only active volcano , on Fogo Island .

Some people only spend one full day in Fogo, as it is a small island. However, I recommend taking a full 2-day dose of this gem so you have time to hike and rest.

What you need to know before traveling to and around Cape Verde

Cape verde travel requirements.

As of May 2023, Cape Verde has removed all Covid-19 restrictions.

  • Many flights are running to Sal and Praia from Europe and Africa, on airlines such as Air Senegal, TAP Air Portugal, Azores, Royal Air Maroc, and TUIFly.
  • Restaurants are mostly open as pre-covid, with only a few restaurants that shut down during the pandemic.
  • There is not currently a curfew or limitations on seating, indoors or out.

Pro Tip: iVisa is a great tool to assist with the any visa concerns you may have prior to entering Cape Verde. They offer free advice and information without needing to sign up for anything.

How to book flights within Cape Verde

The pre-covid airline that was running convenient flights between the Cape Verde islands, TICV, is out of business. Replacing that airline is BestFly – an Angolan airline that picked up TICV’s route structure, airplanes, and infrastructure.

In other words, you will basically have the same services as before.

I’ve had zero luck booking my flights on BestFly’s online website . The online payment always fails. However, the website is a great place to check schedules. And maybe you’ll have better luck booking than I did.

I’m told by locals that the BestFly website online works for bookings made a month or more ahead. I’m not even sure that’s true.

Since we were much more last-minute with our bookings, we were forced to visit a travel agency in Cape Verde to book our flights for a surcharge of about $11USD per booking. There are many tour agencies; Girassol (2 locations in Santiago), Polar (Praia, Santiago), Barracuda Tours (Sal), Morabitur and more.

Pro Tip : If you can’t book online with BestFly, contact a tour operator as early as possible; flights tend to fill up 3-10 days ahead, and there’s no way to book them once they’re full.

Best way to rent a car across Cape Verde

There’s an excellent, family owned, one-stop rental car company that covers almost all of the islands.

They’re called caboverde Rental Cars and they have top-rated partners around most of the airports and ferry terminals.

I mention them now because you can sort out all your bookings from one convenient website instead of having to crawl around searching for each one individually.

First Stop: Sal, Cape Verde (2 Days)

Sal is characterized as a typical beach destination for sunshine-seeking European holidayers looking to get some sun. But it can be fun too. In fact, I absolutely recommend reading about the 20 Ultimate Things You Can Do in Sal, Cape Verde .

What to do in Sal, Cape Verde

Our favorite activity in Sal was the diving at the Santa Maria Dive Center , which was much better than we ever expected.

  • Dive crystal-clear warm waters beaming with sea life
  • Rent an ATV Quad and hop along sand dunes
  • Go for a swim and enjoy the beach or resort life

Take a kite surf lesson

  • Enjoy Cape Verde’s finest cuisine

Dive Cape Verde’s splendid waters

Divers from abroad might be surprised to hear that the diving in Cape Verde is actually quite good . From large shipwrecks to underwater mountains and enormous drop offs, there’s something to see for everyone.

The infrastructure is actually pretty good too, with lines attached down to popular shipwrecks and well documented dive sites. Depths vary from 30 feet for some wrecks to 130+ feet on some of the walls.

Underwater wildlife includes giant turtles, manta and eagle rays, sharks of various sorts, and occasionally even whales!

Rent an ATV and explore salt and sand dunes

There’s no shortage of ATV / 4×4 rentals in Santa Maria, and the entire island is quite accessible.

You can reach the Dune of Sal from Santa Maria in about 10 minutes for a world of fun hopping around the dunes.

The combination of constant, strong trade winds and miles of pristine shoreline makes for a wonderful place to kite surf. There are dozens of outfits that have kite surf schools , including Mito & Djo Kite Surf School.

Relax at the beach

Looking to unwind and relax? I can’t blame you. After all, it’s likely you had a long journey to get here.

Sal offers miles and miles of unspoiled white sand beaches and clear, turquoise water.

Ponta Sino, the main beach just off of Santa Maria, is a wonderful place to relax. Afterwards, head to nearby Cape Fruit and grab a fresh fruit smoothie to rehydrate after a day of sun.

Best places to eat in Santa Maria

As a mega hub for European tourists, Sal has quite a few restaurants… and many of them are quite good!

Although we loved Cape Fruit for a quick snack and healthy food, we loved Soul Kitchen for its truly exceptional cuisine and prime beachfront location.

Another great spot is R estaurante Farolim, located on a jetty over the water. It’s probably the best-placed restaurant on the island.

Best places to stay in Santa Maria

There are plenty of places to stay in Santa Maria, Sal, for all kinds of budgets.

For those visiting Sal on a lower to average budget, we strongly recommend Casa Pau and Casa Blue . Both offer shared or private rooms, options of fantastic complimentary breakfast, and great service.

Those on a higher budget won’t struggle to find world-class resorts, such as the Hotel Riu Palace Santa Maria – with the absolute prime location of the island.

Next stop: the brilliant island of Santo Antão, Cape Verde (3 Days)

Wondering why this itinerary calls for 3 days in Santo Antão, unlike the other islands?

Here’s why;

Santo Antão is Cape Verde’s best island

If you’re planning on staying longer on any particular island, Santo Antão is the one you should choose.

In every single island we visited, I mean every island, the locals told us about their favorite island: Santo Antão.

And the second we arrived in Porto Novo, we understood why.

Santo Antão: also the most beautiful island of Cape Verde?

Without a doubt, Santo Antão takes the cake for most beautiful island not just in Cape Verde, but much of the world.

Extravagant valleys and jaw-droppingly massive volcanic mountains and cliffs make the island jut out of the Atlantic with incredible beauty.

The islands are raw nature at its finest, and there’s no other way to put it.

You can experience the beauty of Santo Antão on a plethora of amazing hikes located on all corners of the island.

How to get from Sal to Santo Antão, Cape Verde on the same day

Wondering how to get to Santo Antão?

It’s very easy from Sal or Santiago. All it takes is a flight to Sao Vicente and then a ferry ride to Santo Antão.

Getting from Sal to Santo Antão, all the way on the other end of the Cape Verde islands, may seem like a stretch – especially considering that Santo Antão does not have an active airport.

But it’s feasible, even easy.

You’ll need to book a flight on BestFly from SID-VXE (Sal to São Vicente). The flight should arrive in Sao Vicente before 1PM so you can make the 2PM ferry to Santo Antao.

As of November 2021, there is a 950AM or 1150AM flight (depending on the day) on BestFly from Sal to São Vicente. There are also two flights per day from Praia.

Getting from Sao Vicente Airport to the Ferry

The next step is getting to the ferry in São Vicente so you can head to Santo Antão.

Upon arrival, exit to the left and head to a taxi stand. Ask for the ferry. A one-way fare from São Vicente to the Mindelo Ferry Port costs 1000CVE ($10USD) and takes 15-20 minutes.

The ferry schedule, as of November 2021, is as follows:

The last departure to Santo Antão departs at 1400, which can be made with ease if you take any flight departing from Sal before noon.

Pro Tip : Make sure to book your ferry ticket ahead at CV Interhilas to skip the line and have an easier time.

The ferry from São Vicente to Santo Antão costs about 800CVE per person and takes just under an hour.

Renting a car from the ferry port in Santo Antão

You can rent a car directly from the ferry port in Porto Novo, Santo Antão.

We rented a lovely 4×4 Suzuki Jimmy for less than $50USD per day with Vale&Montanha . A representative from the rental agency had the car ready and waiting for us at the port.

He had us sign a few papers, leave a $200USD deposit (cash only) and then we were on our way. We had no hassles or issues with our rental.

The best hotel in all of Cape Verde. Surprise: it’s not expensive!

We spent hours going through all of the hotels on Santo Antão before we found this one. And even then, it took a couple phone calls and some patience before we confirmed our reservation for one night.

And what a night it was.

Quinta Cochete , located basically in the middle of the island, is such a gem of a hotel. It’s not expensive, at less than $100USD a night, but it should be.

The food here is at standards not found outside top chef restaurants in Europe, the views include 360 degrees of complete stupefaction, and if that’s not enough there’s a complete garden and animal farm to keep you company.

The owner is supremely friendly and the ambiance here is of utmost relaxation. You’ll be in a prime location to start some of the best hikes on the island and after eating to your hearts content and sleeping like sleeping beauty, you’ll be ready for them.

What to do in Santo Antão

The whole time we were in Santo Antão, we had one thought: “man, this place really gives Hawaii a run for its money”.

There’s just so much nature to enjoy here. Make sure to:

  • Head up to Ponta do Sol for epic sunset and sunrise views.
  • Hike along the north shore from Ponta do Sol through Fontainhas onto Corva and take a taxi back
  • Visit Paul’s Cove and explore the area
  • Get lost driving around the island in a 4×4 and enjoy the most epic views of your life

Third stop: Mindelo, São Vicente

Mindelo is a surprisingly large and densely populated city in São Vicente.

Here you’ll find sailboats moored on the gorgeous bay surrounded by jagged volcanic mountains with brightly colored houses and building adorning the hills of the city.

There are a number of great restaurants and hotels here, and Mindelo makes for a quite pleasant – but not totally necessary stop.

How to get from Santo Antão to São Vicente

You have the choice between a 9AM or 4PM ferry, either of which takes about an hour. We chose to take the 4PM ferry and spend a night exploring Mindelo, but you could take a 9AM ferry followed by a flight to your next destination.

Again, booked on CV Interhilas.

The Ultimate Night in Mindelo and What You Need to Know

After hopping off the ferry, take a taxi for 200CVE ($2USD) and head to the nicest viewpoint in Mindelo; the Casamarel.

Pro Tip : Avoid non-official taxis if you can. It’s pretty obvious when you see the car.

The Casamarel is a well-priced yet luxurious and not yet discovered restaurant/hotel with a lovely pool and even better views.

Stay and eat here for a wonderful evening of good food, great accommodations, and a view on the city and bay for sunset. Maybe with your bae. Up to you.

Walking around Mindelo is generally safe, but we were told to take taxis at night. We did not and had no issues; it’s up to you to decide. The locals probably know best.

What to do around Mindelo

  • Perfect your negotiation skills at the Central Market
  • Take a swim on the white-sand Praia de Laginha
  • Rent a scooter and explore the island

Make sure not to miss the Central Market of Mindelo. It’s one of the more authentic ones I’ve seen.

There’s an incredible white-sand beach right in the heart of downtown called Praia de Laginha . It makes for a fun afternoon of jumping in and out of rough waves.

Pro Tip : For those looking to explore more of São Vicente, there’s a scooter rental called Zoom Zoom Mindelo. You’ll find decent prices and great scooters.

The island of São Vicente is very accessible and has generally exceptional roads.

Final/fourth stop: Santiago Island (2 Days)

Next up is Santiago island, a totally underrated gem. Praia , the capital of Cape Verde, is located here and people unfortunately tend to conflate it with the entire island of Santiago.

Praia isn’t the nicest city, but the rest of the island of Santiago provides absolutely magnificent mountain views combined with lovely coves and wonderful beaches.

How to get to Praia, Santiago

To get to Santiago, you’ll have to fly into Praia. Here’s how to get there from São Vicente.

From Mindelo, take a taxi to São Vicente airport (VXE). The ride lasts about 10 minutes and costs 1000CVE ($10).

BestFly generally runs two flights a day from São Vicente to Praia, Santiago.

Security is generally not an issue in São Vicente airport as there are hardly international flights.

Again, make sure to have your Covid-19 documents ready – with QR code.

Renting a car in Santiago: the struggle is real

There are several local agencies as well as a Hertz, though we were unable to get in contact with any of them.

Instead, our hotel arranged for us to rent from someone local for 5000CVE/day – about $50USD.

It is otherwise not terribly hard to get around the island by taxi or ‘alaguer’ – shared shuttles.

The only issue: taxis are expensive and alaguers wait to fill up before leaving, leaving you waiting. However, alaguers tend to be very cheap with fares as low as 300CVE to get all the way across the island.

Must-sees on Santiago island

Santiago has so much to offer, and honestly ended up being one of our favorite islands.

We had plenty of great food, wonderful accommodation at Dunas de Areia Preta, and were welcomed by so many lovely locals. And the sights are absolutely stunning.

Make sure not to miss:

  • Piscina Natural de Cuba, a “natural swimming pool”/amazing oasis
  • Silverbeach, a volcanic beach in Tarrafal
  • Parque Nacional de Serra Malagueta, the most amazing mountain chain on the island

Bonus stop: Fogo Island

Literally translating to “Island of Fire”, Fogo is Cabo Verde’s only active volcanic island.

As the active volcanic island, Fogo provides for some incredible hikes up to the crater.

How to get to Fogo Island

  • Fly on BestFly or take a ferry on CV Interilhas

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, CV Interhilas runs a fast ferry from Praia, Santiago to Fogo island. It take approximately 3.5 hours and costs 3300CVE (about $34 USD) per person.

There are also flights to/from Fogo on BestFly, the local inter island airline. Watch out – these tend to fill up far in advance.

How to get around Fogo

Although we would rent a car, especially in a time crunch, it is possible to get all around Fogo by taxi or Alaguer.

What to do in Fogo

  • Hiking Fogo National Park to the crater
  • Enjoying a road trip around the island
  • Hanging out with local fisherman and enjoying fresh seafood

The main attractions of course, is to hike the volcano of Fogo!

Many tour companies offer guided tours of the volcano, including equipment rental.

The ring road going around the island also provides epic views on the volcano and surrounding islands, especially around sunset and sunrise.

In summary, the ultimate 7-day itinerary in Cabo Verde includes:

  • Flying to Sal from Europe or Africa
  • Enjoying 2 days of ATVs, beaching, diving, relaxing, sunning, and kitesurfing
  • Navigating from Sal to Santo Antão on the same day
  • Exploring Cabo Verde’s most beautiful island, Santo Antão, for 2 days by hiking and road tripping
  • Taking the local airline down to Praia, Santiago Island
  • Dipping in a natural pool, walking on volcanic sand beaches, taking in the spectacular views of Santiago for 2 days
  • Flying home, via Europe, Sal, or Africa

Theres an enormous amount to do and see in Cabo Verde, and hopefully this allows you to see the most on your 7-day trip.

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Entry requirements

This advice reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Cape Verde set and enforce entry rules. If you’re not sure how these requirements apply to you, contact the Cape Verdean Embassy in Paris, France (in French).

COVID-19 rules

There are no COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirements for travellers entering Cape Verde.

Passport validity requirements

To enter Cape Verde, your passport must have an ‘expiry date’ at least 6 months after the date you arrive.

Check with your travel provider that your passport and other travel documents meet requirements. Renew your passport if you need to.

You will be denied entry if you do not have a valid travel document or try to use a passport that has been reported lost or stolen.

Visa requirements

You can enter Cape Verde as a visitor for up to 30 days without a visa.

To stay longer or to travel for other reasons, you must meet the Cape Verde government’s entry requirements  (in Portuguese).

Traveller entry form

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See more information on the traveller entry form .

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Vaccine requirements

You must have a certificate to prove you’ve had a yellow fever vaccination, if you’re coming from a country listed as a transmission risk .

For details about medical entry requirements and recommended vaccinations see TravelHealthPro’s Cape Verde guide .

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Get to and Travel between the Islands in Cape Verde

Info on travelling between the islands in Cape Verde, including options by plane or ferry, and potential complications from delays…

We were fortunate to have the people at Nobai help us with our travel arrangements. Travelling between the islands in Cape Verde can be a bit of a logistical nightmare, with the different options involved.

santo antao island atlantic ocean cape verde

To compound the problem for us (or rather, Lucille, form Nobai, who arranged our inter-island transportation), volcanic activity on Fogo disrupted flights to and between the southern islands.

port furna brava island cape verde kriola fast ferry

Getting There

Getting to Cape Verde is easy, with connections from most major European cities. Flights from The Netherlands to Cape Verde take off from both Amsterdam, Schipol (with TAP Portugal ). Our flight had a short transfer in Lisbon. Transavia used to do direct flights from Rotterdam, as it has the largest community of Cape Verdeans outside the islands. However, Transavia change their routes to Cape Verde frequently, so make sure to check their website.

Esplanadia Rotterdam port of Palmeira Sal island cape verde

Getting Between Islands

We would strongly recommend to have your inter-island travel organised by Nobai, or another travel agency, especially if you are tight with time. Timetables for flights and ferries are more of a suggestion than an actual schedule, and your ride may be delayed, departed or cancelled when you arrive. We had experienced delays of up to 3 hours. A reputable agency will help you take care of things, like rebooking of hotels, in case of delays and cancellations.

rusty boat on beach Sal island cape verde

The best way to get around is by plane. Tickets are around €50. They are more expensive than ferries, but are completely worth it. There are two operators, TAP Portugal and TACV , the Cape Verdian national airline.

Not all the major islands have working airports. Currently, Brava and Santo Antão are not serviced by plane. Also, not all the working airports are directly connected to each other either. Frequency of flights vary from airport to airport. From Praia to São Vicente there are 2 flights daily, while from Praia to Maio, there are only two weekly.

Getting from Brava to Santo Antão

I will highlight the way to get between Brava and Santo Antão as they are two of Cape Verde’s most beautiful, isolated and un-touristed islands. Although they are difficult to get to, they were the highlights of our trip, and worth the effort. Since these are the two major Cape Verdean islands not serviced by plane, getting between them required planning with ferries.

Faja de Agua Brava cape verde airport

To get from Brava to Santo Antão, we had, first, to take a ferry to Santiago. This ride was about 4 – 5 hours and very choppy. Because ferries are unreliable, you can’t count on them arriving on time for your flight. From Santiago, we flew out to São Vicente , from where we caught the ferry to Santo Antão.

Residencial GOA Mindelo São Vicente, ship wreck, cape verde

We do not advise going by boat, unless you absolutely have to, as the Atlantic is very rough. I usually experience a low level of sea-sickness, but on the ship from Santiago to Brava (a torturous four hour + ride), it was barely under control. Another couple we met called it the “Nightmare Fast Ferry” or, more descriptively, “Vomit Express”. Even if you don’t experience sea-sickness, the ferry is seldom on-time.

Cape Verde Sal Island Tour, Salinas, Sal island, Cape Verde

Once a week (but again, this is not guranteed) the ferry goes to São Nicolau. This is the same ferry that services the Praia, Fogo, Brava route, and on the day it goes to São Nicolau, you can be certain your arrival to your destination will be delayed by hours. Our guide gave as an example of someone’s arrival to Santao Antão being delayed by almost 12 hours due to this. Thankfully, we did not have to take the ferry on such a day.

view of Fogo from Brava island, cape verde

Unfortunately, we had to take the ferry due to the volcanic activity on Fogo. Our agent had booked us into the VIP room of the Kriola Fast Ferry, due to regular tickets being sold out. Not a good idea. The air-conditioner wasn’t working and it was at the front of the ship, which, if you’re prone to sea-sickness, is the worst place to be in. We absolutely cannot recommend taking the ferry unless utterly necessary.

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Getting Around on the Islands of Cape Verde

Moving from town to town within islands can be achieved by hired taxis or by walking. A lot of Cape Verde is still very rural, and there are villages that can only be reached by hiking. Most of the paths to these villages are fairly well kept and paved with basalt cobblestone built during the era of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

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FAQs for Transportation in and around Cape Verde

You can travel between islands with plane or ferry. Planes are more expensive but quicker and more pleasant. Journeys by ferry are often delayed by hours, but sometimes, they are your only option. Read More …

TAP Portugal provides affordable flights from most major European cities like London and Amsterdam.

You can hire taxis within the islands of Cape Verde. These will take you beyond the town you hired them in to different locations on the islands. There are also many villages which are only accessible via hiking.

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How Do You Travel Between The Islands In Cape Verde?

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As you plan your trip to Cape Verde, you might wonder, how do you travel between the islands in Cape Verde?

Traveling between the islands of Cape Verde is limited to two options. Travel by plane or by ferry. Ferry connections between the islands are not very reliable. Often, they’re delayed or canceled. Traveling by plane is the fastest and most reliable option to travel between the Cape Verde Islands. The islands of Brava and Santo Antão can only be reached by ferry.

We traveled between the islands for 10 weeks, so we know what to expect when traveling between the Cape Verdean Islands. You can find all the essential information in this article! 

Ways of Traveling Between the Cape Verde Islands

Cape Verde is such an awesome destination for to go island-hopping . Its stunning beaches, diverse landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and wide range of activities offer something to every traveler. And because each island is unique and has its own characteristics and charm, make Cape Verde a good holiday destination .

As you’re planning your trip, you want to know how to travel between the islands. So, let’s start with the two basic ways of transportation between the Cape Verde Islands. Either you can travel by plane or by ferry. As we said at the beginning of this article, ferries are not the most reliable form of transportation. However, sometimes it is your only option. I’ll get back to that later. 

Travel by Plane 

You travel to Cape Verde by flying into any of the four international airports on Santiago, Sāo Vicente, Sal, or Boa Vista. TUI Airways  offers direct flights from most major European cities. From the USA or other places, you mostly fly via Lisbon, Portugal. TAP Portugal operates direct flights from Lisbon to Cape Verde daily. We recommend using Skyscanner to check for the best flight deals to Cape Verde.

After arriving at one of the major Cape Verde islands, you can hop on a domestic flight to other islands. Domestic air travel in Cape Verde is managed by the company Binter Cabo Verde and can also be booked through Skyscanner . People who also flew domestically between the Canary Islands might recognize the company. It belongs to the same holding as Binter Canaries. 

Binter Cabo Verde connects most of the Cape Verdean Islands. Flights from Binter Cabo Verde leave several times a week. Santo Antão and Brava are the two islands that don’t have an airport. 

The islands and cities where you can fly to with Binter Cabo Verde are: 

  • Boa Vista, 
  • Santiago (Praia)
  • Maio, 
  • Fogo (São Filipe),
  • São Nicolau, 
  • São Vicente

These flights don’t leave daily, and sometimes it’s not possible to go with a direct flight from one island to another. The average cost of a domestic flight (one-way) is around 4500 Cape Verdean Escudo (40 Euro/ 44 US Dollar).

Cape Verde Domestic Flight Routes Map

Fun Fact; The Flight between Santiago and Maio is recorded as one of the shortest flights in the world and takes only 15 minutes!

Travel By Ferry

Traveling by ferry is the other common form of transportation between the Cape Verde Islands. But as I said, it is not the most reliable way of transportation for some islands’ connections. 

Due to heavy and rough sea conditions, it can be dangerous for a ferry to leave. So where at first you might think it’s unfortunate a ferry gets canceled, it all has something to do with safety issues. Sometimes there are also mechanical problems, but ferries are usually delayed or canceled due to weather conditions. 

When you’re not on a tight travel schedule, it can be fun to take the ferry. Traveling by ferry is much cheaper, though, so many people still choose this option. And when a ferry gets canceled, they just wait for the next one to run.  No Stress  is a typical saying in Cape Verde, which is something you’ll need when traveling with the domestic ferries. 

The domestic ferry company is Cabo Verde Interilhas , where you can book your tickets online. Or you can book a ticket at the office in the harbor or at one of the travel agencies on the island.

The average cost for a one-way ferry ticket is around 2100 Cape Verdean Escudo (19 Euro/ 20 US dollars). However, prices can vary massively depending on the dates, and the routes you’ll take. 

Cape Verde Ferry Routes Map 

Note: some ferry connections, such as São Vicente-Santo Antão, are most reliable than other far-distance connections between the other islands. Don’t let this map convince you that these routes are often traveled.

Average Travel Duration Between The Island by Ferry

Traveling by ferry is not only dependent on weather conditions but also a form of traveling that takes a long time. So when you’re visiting Cape Verde for a short vacation, it is probably not the best form of transportation between the islands.

It is important to know that timetables can change. I always recommend getting the latest information at the ferry office on the island you’re leaving. 

The average travel duration varies for every connection. The longest connection is between Santo Antão and Santiago, which takes a minimum of 14 hours and 20 minutes. The shortest route is between Santo Antão and São Vicente, which takes at least 40 minutes. You can find the complete schedule of travel duration here .

How To Travel To The Islands; Santo Antão and Brava

So, two islands in Cape Verde don’t have an airport. Santo Antão and Brava. These islands are only connected by a ferry. 

Santo Antão Ferry Connections

When you want to go to Santo Antão, the easiest way is first to travel to the island of São Vicente. From the port of Mindelo, the island’s most important town, you can easily catch a ferry to Santo Antão. This ferry runs several times a day. It is, in fact, the most reliable ferry in Cape Verde. The sea street between these islands is ferry short, so sea conditions are often calm. 

Brava Ferry Connections

The small island of Brava has only a direct ferry connection with the island of Fogo. The connection between Fogo and Brava is often delayed. The sea street between these islands is not as calm as between São Vicente and Santo Antão. So this connection is way less reliable. It is one of the reasons why Brava is one of the quietest islands in Cape Verde. You can get to Fogo by taking the 4-hour ferry from Santiago or by plane flight from Santiago island.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the best island to visit in cape verde.

The best islands to visit in Cape Verde for a beach holiday are Sal and Boa Vista. These islands are perfect for families, couples, and watersports. Santiago, São Vicente, Santo Antão, and Fogo are the best islands to visit in Cape Verde for hiking, nature, and cultural experience. São Nicolau, Brava, and Maio are the most authentic islands to visit. 

Read more: Which Is The Best Island To Visit In Cape Verde? Full Guide

Can you visit other islands from Sal Cape Verde?

It is possible to visit other islands from Sal, Cape Verde. Sal serves as a transportation hub with good connectivity to other islands in the archipelago. You can reach various islands by taking domestic flights (the best option) or ferry services. Some popular destinations to consider are:

  • Boa Vista: Located near Sal, Boa Vista is known for its stunning sandy beaches and desert landscapes. Domestic flights are available to reach Boa Vista from Sal.
  • Sao Vicente: Sao Vicente offers a vibrant cultural scene, including the city of Mindelo, known for its lively music and festivals. You can fly from Sal to Sao Vicente or take a ferry for island hopping.
  • Santiago: As the largest and most populous island in Cape Verde, Santiago offers diverse landscapes and cultural experiences. Flights are available from Sal to Santiago’s Praia International Airport.
  • Santo Antão: Known for its dramatic mountainous landscapes and hiking trails, Santo Antão is a paradise for nature lovers. You can reach Santo Antão by flying from Sal to Sao Vicente and then another ferry to Santo Antão.

How do I get from Sal to Sao Nicolau?

To travel from Sal to Sao Nicolau, you must take a combination of flights and ferry rides. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make the journey:

  • Flight from Sal to Sao Vicente: Start by taking a flight from Sal International Airport (SID) to Cesária Évora International Airport (VXE) on Sao Vicente Island. Regular flights are operated by domestic airlines such as Binter CV or TICV. The flight duration is approximately 45 minutes.
  • Transfer to Mindelo Port: Once you arrive at Sao Vicente, you’ll need to take a taxi or arrange a transfer to Mindelo Port, which is the main ferry port on the island.
  • Ferry from Sao Vicente to Sao Nicolau: At Mindelo Port, you can board a ferry operated by the Cabo Verde Fast Ferry or Atlântico Line. The ferry journey takes around 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the sea conditions. There are multiple departures per week, but checking the ferry schedules in advance and booking your tickets accordingly is recommended.
  • Arrival at Sao Nicolau: Upon arrival at Sao Nicolau’s ferry port, you can take a taxi or arrange for transportation to your desired destination on the island.

How to get from Sal to Santo Antão?

To travel from Sal to Santo Antão, you would need to take a combination of flights and ferry rides. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make the journey:

  • Flight from Sal to Sao Vicente: Start by taking a flight from Sal International Airport (SID) to Cesária Évora International Airport (VXE) on Sao Vicente Island. Domestic airlines such as Binter CV or TICV operate regular flights between these two islands. The flight duration is approximately 45 minutes.
  • Transfer to Mindelo Port: Once you arrive at Sao Vicente, you’ll need to take a taxi or arrange a transfer to Mindelo Port, the main ferry port on the island.
  • Ferry from Sao Vicente to Santo Antão: At Mindelo Port, you can board a ferry operated by Cabo Verde Fast Ferry or another ferry company. The ferry journey from Sao Vicente to Santo Antão takes approximately 1 to 1.5 hours, depending on the sea conditions. Ferry schedules may vary, so it’s advisable to check the latest information and book your tickets in advance.
  • Arrival at Santo Antão: Upon arrival at Santo Antão’s ferry port, you can take a taxi or arrange for transportation to your desired destination on the island.

Can you get from Boa Vista to Sal?

To travel from Boa Vista to Sal, you can take a domestic flight. Regular flights are operated by domestic airlines such as Binter CV and TICV between Boa Vista’s Aristides Pereira International Airport (BVC) and Sal’s Amílcar Cabral International Airport (SID). The flight duration is typically around 20-30 minutes.

I recommend Skyscanner to find the best flight deals between the island of Cape Verde.

Cape Verde Travel Planning Guide

🚑 should i buy travel insurance for cape verde.

100% YES!  — With basic coverage averaging just $2 USD per day, enjoy peace of mind with a plan from  Safety Wing , one of the biggest names in travel insurance.

💧Can you drink tap water in Cape Verde?

No  — It is generally recommended to drink bottled water in Cape Verde. While tap water is generally safe for showering and brushing teeth, it may not be suitable for drinking. Bottled water is readily available and affordable throughout the country. Or you can buy a  Water-To-Go Bottle , which filters your drinking water.

🚗 Is it safe to rent a car in Cape Verde?

Yes  — Renting a car in Cape Verde is one of the best ways to see the islands. I always rent with  Rentalcars , which checks international and local Cape Verdean companies, so you get the best rates.

🏩 What’s the best way to book places to stay in Cape Verde?

For Cape Verde hotels,  is the best site. If you’re considering an (all-inclusive) resort, I recommend TUI since they have the best resorts on the islands.

🛫 What’s the best site to buy Cape Verde flights? 

For direct flights from the UK and Europe, I recommend TUI Airways . For finding alternative flights to Cape Verde, I recommend  Skyscanner .

⛵️ Where to book the best tours in Cape Verde?

For the best tours in Cape Verde, I highly recommend booking your trips at Get Your Guide .

🛂 Do I need a visa for Cape Verde?

Likely Not  — U.S. and most European Passport holders don’t need a visa for Cape Verde. Most travelers will receive a 30-day tourist visa upon arrival.

😃 Which is the safest island of Cape Verde?

Santo Antão – Although all islands are safe to travel to, Santo Antão is the safest island of Cape Verde. It is known for “Morabeza,” a Creole word meaning very friendly Cape Verdean hospitality. In the capital Praia on the island of Santiago, you must be somewhat careful but not need paranoia.

🗣 Do they speak English in Cape Verde?

Yes – Most staff speak English, and some are multi-lingual. The official language of Cape Verde is Portuguese. The mother tongue of virtually all Cape Verdeans is Cape Verdean Creole. ( Read more )

⭐️ What is the best time to visit Cape Verde?

The best time to visit Cape Verde is between November and June. The average day temperature is around 24°C (75°F), the sea temperature is 25°C, and there is almost no rain. Perfect for a white-sandy beach holiday. However, Cape Verde has many attractions and activities throughout the year:

  • The best time to visit Cape Verde for Hiking: November & December
  • The best time to visit Cape Verde for Snorkeling and Diving: July – December
  • The best time to visit Cape Verde for Kitesurfing: December – March
  • The best time to visit Cape Verde for Whale Watching: March-May
  • The best time to visit Cape Verde for Turtle Spotting: Mid-July – October
  • The best time to visit Cape Verde for Carnival: February/ March

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Exercise normal precautions in Cabo Verde.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Exercise Increased Caution in:

  • Praia due to  crime .

Read the  country information page for additional information on travel to Cabo Verde.

If you decide to travel to Cabo Verde:

  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Requirements for Entry : 

  • Passport valid for at least six months beyond intended duration of visit
  • Visa – except if entering for tourism for less than 30 days 
  • International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) World Health Organization (WHO) card if arriving on flights from Senegal or other West African countries 

Visas :  Effective February 24, 2020, U.S. citizens entering Cabo Verde for tourism for less than 30 days do not require a tourist visa. For tourist visits longer than 30 days, two types of visas are available: a single-entry visa valid for up to 90 days or a multiple-entry visa valid for five years. Visit the  Embassy of Cabo Verde website  for the most current visa information.

You may also apply for a visa upon arrival, valid for a single entry stay of 30 days, and pre-pay at least five days prior to traveling through  www.embcv-usa. gov .cv , or apply and pay in cash (Euros, U.S. Dollars, or Cabo Verdean Escudos) or by Visa/Mastercard, upon arrival at one of the country’s four international airports:

  • Nelson Mandela International Airport 
  • Cesaria Evora Airport 
  • Amilcar Cabral International Airport 
  • Aristides Pereira International Airport 

Travel with Minors :  For both entrance to and exit from Cabo Verde, any parent traveling with a minor should carry the child’s birth certificate. If the child is not traveling with both parents, the non-accompanying parent(s) should provide a signed statement consenting to the child’s travel and naming the adult accompanying the child. 

Airport Security Fee :  All foreign citizens planning to travel to Cabo Verde are required to complete a pre-arrival registration and pay the Airport Security Fee (TSA) at the online electronic platform  EASE  at least five days prior to entering Cabo Verde.   

The following travelers are exempt from paying the TSA: 

  • Children under two years old; 
  • Passengers on official missions on aircrafts in the private service of Cabo Verde or foreign countries, on a reciprocity basis;   
  • Passengers on planes forced to return to the airport, due to technical or meteorological reasons or any other reasons beyond their control;   
  • Transfer passengers; 
  • Citizens holding a Cabo Verdean passport, their children under 18 years old, and their spouses, upon presentation of a valid ID card (Passport, Identity Card, or National Identification Card);   
  • Resident foreigners, upon presentation of the Residence Permit, Residence Visa, or other valid identification document. 

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Cabo Verde. 

Find information on  dual nationality ,  prevention of international child abduction , and  Customs Information  on our websites. 

Safety and Security

Exercise extreme caution when participating in water sports, such as swimming, boating, and fishing, as the tides and currents around the islands are very strong. Several small fishing boats have been lost at sea, and drownings have occurred on the beaches and along the coast in Santiago, Sal, and on other islands. 

The entire island of Fogo is an active volcano. Future eruptions remain a threat, as do earth tremors throughout the islands, especially on Fogo, Brava, and Santo Antão, and beneath the ocean channels that separate them. General information about natural disaster preparedness is available  on our website .

Crime :  Petty crime and burglary are common in Cabo Verde, especially at marketplaces, festivals, street fairs, and public gatherings. Criminals target anyone perceived to be affluent, regardless of nationality. Avoid groups of children who appear to have no adult supervision, since the perpetrators of petty theft and pickpocketing are often groups of street children. Muggings occur often, particularly at night and in more isolated areas, and often involve violence. The perpetrators are predominantly males between the ages of 14 and 25 operating in groups of two or more. Due to inadequate lighting in many public areas, you should be especially vigilant after dark, carry a flashlight to illuminate your path, and never go out alone. You should also keep vehicle doors and windows locked and avoid isolated places. 

It is dangerous to use hillside stairways connecting neighborhoods in Praia and many other Cabo Verdean cities and towns, even in broad daylight. These stairways isolate users and make them vulnerable to assault. 

International Financial Scams :  See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  pages for information. 

Victims of Crime :  U.S. citizen victims of crime are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance. 

Report crimes to the local police at 132 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +(238) 260-8900 or after hours at +(238) 991-3325. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating crime and prosecuting offenders. 

See our webpage on  help for U.S. victims of crime overseas . 

We can: 

  • Help you find appropriate medical care. 
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police. 
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent. 
  • Provide general information regarding the victim’s role during the local investigation and following its conclusion. 
  • Provide a  list of local attorneys .
  • Provide our information on  victim’s compensation programs in the United States . 
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution. 
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home. 
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport. 

Domestic Violence :  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact the Embassy for assistance. 

Tourism :  The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities are not common. Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment may not be readily available. First responders are generally unable to access areas outside of major cities to provide urgent medical treatment. There is no hyperbaric/decompression chamber in the country for scuba divers. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance . 

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business.

Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Cabo Verde are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.   

The Department of State warns all U.S. citizens against taking any firearms or ammunition into Cabo Verde. If you are caught entering Cabo Verde with firearms or ammunitions, you may face severe penalties, including prison time. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on  crimes against minors abroad  and  the Department of Justice  website.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our  website  for further information.

Counterfeit and Pirated Goods:  Counterfeit and pirated goods are illegal in both Cabo Verde and the United States.  U.S. citizens who buy these goods are punishable under Cabo Verdean law. You may also pay fines or have to give them up if you bring them back to the United States. See the  U.S. Department of Justice website  for more information.

Faith-Based Travelers:  See the following webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report  – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report  – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

LGBTI Travelers:  There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Cabo Verde.

See   our  LGBTI  page and our  Human Rights report  for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance:  There are significant hardships in Cabo Verde for persons with limited mobility due to rugged terrain, widespread use of cobblestone streets and pathways, very limited number of elevators in buildings, and frequent power outages.

Students:  See our  Students Abroad  page and  FBI travel tips  page.

Women Travelers:  See our travel tips for  Women Travelers .

For emergency services in Cabo Verde, dial  132 . 

Medical facilities in Cabo Verde are limited, and some medications are in short supply or otherwise unavailable. The country’s largest hospitals are in Praia and Mindelo. There are smaller public health centers and private medical clinics, of variable quality in both personnel and equipment, throughout the country. Transportation between islands is difficult, and inter-island medevac options are limited. The islands of Brava and Santo Antão do not have operational airports, which makes air evacuation in the event of a medical emergency difficult. 

Those traveling to Cabo Verde for scuba diving should be aware that there is no hyperbaric/decompression facility on the islands. 

Ambulance services are: 

  • not widely available, and training and availability of emergency responders may be below U.S. standards.   
  • not present throughout the country or are unreliable in most areas.
  • not equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment.   
  • not staffed with trained paramedics and often have little or no medical equipment.   
  • Injured or seriously ill travelers may prefer to take a taxi or private vehicle to the nearest major hospital rather than wait for an ambulance. 

We do not pay medical bills.   Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas. Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance. 

Medical Insurance:   Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See  our webpage  for more information on insurance coverage overseas. Visit the  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  for more information on types of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas. 

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation. 

Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.  

Vaccinations:   Be up-to-date on all  vaccinations  recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

Further health information:   

  •   World Health Organization  (WHO)
  •   U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC)   

Air Quality:   Visit  AirNow Department of State  for information on air quality at U.S. embassies and consulates. 

The U.S. Embassy maintains a  list of doctors and hospitals .  We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic. 

Health facilities in general:

  • Public medical clinics lack basic resources and supplies.   
  • Most hospitals and medical professionals require cash payment. 
  • Medical staff may speak little or no English.  
  • Psychological and psychiatric services are limited, with hospital-based care only available through government institutions.  


  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration are responsible for rules governing the transport of medication back to the United States. Medication purchased abroad must meet their requirements to be legally brought back into the United States.  Medication should be for personal use and must be approved for usage in the United States.  Please visit the  U.S. Customs and Border Protection  and the  Food and Drug Administration  websites for more information.    

Water Quality:

  • In many areas, tap water is not potable. Bottled water and beverages are generally safe.  Be aware that ice for drinks may be made using tap water.  

Adventure Travel:

  • Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about  Adventure Travel .

General Health:

The following diseases are prevalent: 

  • African Tick-Bite Fever  
  • Chikungunya  
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Tuberculosis

Use the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended mosquito repellents and sleep under insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets.  Chemoprophylaxis is recommended for all travelers even for short stays.

Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about  Resources for Travelers  regarding specific issues in Cabo Verde.

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety:  Cabo Verde has an extensive road system. On the islands of Santiago, Sal, and São Vicente, many urban and rural roads are asphalt. On other islands, some roads are narrow, winding, and mostly cobblestone.

During the rainy season, cobblestone roads are especially slippery, and mud and rockslides are common on roads that cut through mountains. Roads and streets often are unlit and driving at night is hazardous.

Traffic Laws :   Most accidents result from aggressive driving, speeding, passing on blind curves, and/or on inclines or declines in the rain.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a serious problem in Cabo Verde and U.S. citizens could face severe penalties, including prison time, for driving under the influence. You are most likely to encounter a drunk driver on Sundays and at night. Exercise extreme caution toward both pedestrians and other drivers after celebrations, festivals, and open-air concerts as well as during holiday periods, such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Carnival.

Public Transportation :   Praia has three principal modes of public transport: taxi, bus, and commuter vans. Using buses and vans is strongly discouraged. These vans may have a fixed, but flexible route and often contain more passengers than is safe. Licensed, registered taxis are clearly marked and tan/cream in color. While official taxis are considered safe and reliable, passengers should still exercise good common sense and avoid sharing a taxi with strangers.

See our  Road Safety page  for more information.

Aviation Safety Oversight:  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Cabo Verde’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Cabo Verde’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the  FAA’s safety assessment page .

Maritime Travel :  Mariners planning travel to Cabo Verde should also check for U.S. maritime  advisories and alerts . Information may also be posted to the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport website , and the  NGA broadcast warnings .

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Cape Verde Holidays: A First-Timer’s Travel Guide

Are you planning a holiday in Cape Verde for the first time and not sure what you need to know? You’ve come to the right place! I put this travel guide together to share my tips, advice, and research so you can gain valuable insight into Cape Verde and all the amazingly unique things to do there.

Where is Cape Verde?

Cape Verde is an island nation located in West Africa. It sits south of the Canary Islands and west of mainland Africa , essentially making Cape Verde the westernmost country in Africa . Sal island, one of Cape Verde’s eastern most island, is about 630 kilometers away from Dakar, Senegal.

The Cape Verde archipelago is made up of 10 islands, one of which is uninhabited. The 10 islands are divided into two categories: Barlavento (windward), which are located in the north, and Sotavento (leeward), located in the south.

The Barlavento Islands include Santo Antão, São Vicente, Santa Luzia, São Nicolau, Sal , and Boa Vista . Santa Luzia remains uninhabited.

The Sotavento Islands include Brava, Fogo, Santiago, and Maio.

Information to know for your Cape Verde holidays

Official Capital : Praia

Cultural capital : Mindelo

Currency : Cabo Verdean Escudo (CVE); symbol is $ after the number (for example, 100$)

Electrical socket type : European standard, plug types C or F

Official language : Portuguese

Spoken languages : Crioulo is widely spoken amongst the locals, with different dialects between islands. Some Cape Verdeans also speak English, Spanish, or French in the tourist areas.

Islands for hiking : Brava, Fogo, Santo Antão, São Nicolau

Islands for culture : São Vicente, Santiago

Islands for beaches : Sal, Boa Vista, Maio

Unofficial slogan: No stress

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Cape Verde Airports

Cape Verde has 4 international airports spread across 4 islands:

  • Sal – Amílcar Cabral International Airport (SID)
  • Boa Vista – Aristides Pereira Airport (BVC)
  • Santiago – Nelson Mandela International Airport (RAI)
  • São Vicente – Cesária Évora International Airport (VXE)

When visiting Cape Verde, you will likely enter the island nation through Sal, Santiago (Praia), or São Vicente. Generally, fares are cheaper if you fly into Sal.

Flights to Cape Verde

Cape Verde is increasingly becoming a tourist destination and as a result, international flights are becoming more frequent and affordable. There are several airlines connecting Cape Verde to the rest of the world.

TAP Air Portugal and Cabo Verde Airlines (TACV) are the major airlines connecting the Americas and Europe to Cape Verde.

In Europe, TUI is also a major player for flights to Cape Verde.

Flight times to Cape Verde include 4 hours from Lisbon, 5 hours from Salvador, Brazil, and 7.5 hours from Washington D.C. – all non stop!

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Visa entry requirements to Cape Verde

Americans visiting cape verde.

If you are an American visiting Cape Verde, you will require a visa. You can obtain a visa in two ways.

One way to obtain a visa is by applying through the Cape Verdean embassy in or near your state.

If that is not possible, you can obtain a visa on arrival. When you arrive in a Cape Verde international airport, stand in line for VISA/PAY TAX.

You can pay at the airport by cash or credit card.

Europeans visiting Cape Verde

If you are European, you do not need a visa to visit Cape Verde. The only action you need to take as a European is to pay a tax to the Cape Verdean authorities. You can do this in one of two ways.

Pre-Register your trip

One way to pay the tax is to go to Cape Verde’s EASE website, and enter your passport and flight/trip information. You will need to pay a fee at the end of the process. This fee represents the tax to Cape Verde.

You should do this at least 5 days before your scheduled arrival. Once you arrive at the airport, stand in the queue for “VISA EXEMPT/TAX PAID”. The line might be long, but it will go fast.

Paying entry tax on arrival

If you’re unable to access EASE before your trip to pre-register, no worries! You can pay the tax on arrival. When you arrive at one of Cape Verde’s airports, be sure to stand in line for VISA/PAY TAX.

You can pay by cash or credit card.

What if I’m not an American or European?

If you are non-American and non-European, I recommend going to the official Cape Verdean website to see if you require a visa.

Cape Verde Currency

The currency used in Cape Verde is Escudos . Its symbol is $ and it is always placed after the number. For example, 330$.

Escudos is a closed currency, which means it’s only used in Cape Verde. Fortunately, Euros are also widely accepted across this island nation.

Pretty much all taxis, hotels, and businesses accept Euros as a form of payment. If your purchase requires change, there is a chance you will receive Escudos in return, or a mix of Euros and Escudos.

If you are coming from outside the Euro zone, you can exchange your money in Cape Verde or use a bank’s ATM to withdraw in Escudos.

Exchanging your currency to Escudos

Three common banks found on the islands are BCN, BCA, and Caixa. You can also find currency exchange services at your arrival airport.

For example, if you arrive via Sal international airport, you will find BCA and Caixa banks and ATMs before exiting the airport. They are located next to Departures, which is just a couple minutes walk from the Arrivals hall.

Withdrawing money in Cape Verde

If you have a bank or credit card which allows for international cash withdrawals, visit an ATM in Cape Verde and take out money in Escudos.

Most ATMs charge a fee of about 200 Escudos, which is about €2.

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Transportation on the islands

There are two methods of transportation on the islands: taxi and alugueres.

Taxi is the most private and expensive of the two options. That’s because it is the most convenient, as you can have a taxi on demand.

Taxis are very easy to spot. They are light blue with a yellow horizontal stripe across the car doors. There are no meters in the taxis, so you will need to discuss the fare with the driver before starting the ride.

Aluguer is the cheapest method of transportation, and is what the locals use to get around the island. It is a large shared taxi, taking between 10-15 passengers.

Alugueres depart from a central stop at designated times. If the aluguer is not full, there’s a chance it will depart later in order to have more passengers. If you are limited on time, consider taking a private taxi.

Inter-island travel: How to travel between the Cape Verde isles

There are two ways of traveling between islands: plane and ferry.

The most reliable way of traveling in Cape Verde is to fly. The flights are short in duration, so it saves you time.

Ferries are available on all the islands, but they are always subject to delays or cancellations, and are not always frequent. Despite having a tropical climate year round, the ocean can be quite rough and as a result, the ferries are not regular.

If you cannot be flexible with your time, consider flying.

I mentioned above that there are four international airports in Cape Verde. In addition to these, there are also domestic airports around the country.

The Cape Verde islands with airports (both international and domestic), and thus are accessible by plane, are:

São Nicolau

  • Sao Vicente

To travel domestically in Cape Verde, you have just one airline: Binter Airlines .

*Pro Tip: don’t be surprised if you see Cabo Verde Airlines (TACV) selling domestic flights. TACV has a reputation for not honoring their domestic flights as they’re sold on their website. I found that the only reliable airline for traveling within Cape Verde is Binter Airlines.

There are 2 islands in Cape Verde with no airport, which means they are only accessible by ferry.

Santo Antão

To access these islands, you will need to first fly to a neighboring island with an airport then take a ferry.

To access Brava, for example, you will need to fly to Fogo, then take a ferry to Brava. You can also fly to Praia, and then take a ferry from Praia to Brava.

To reach Santo Antão, you will first need to fly to São Vicente, then take a ferry to Porto Novo in Santo Antão.

Ferry schedules and tickets can be found and purchased with CV Interilhas .

Cape Verde islands

As a tourist in Cape Verde, you can visit any of the 9 inhabited islands. Some islands are more convenient to get to than others.

In this section, I give you general information about each of the Cape Verde islands including what to do and how to get there.

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Barlavento (windward) islands in the north

It’s said that Santo Antão puts the verde (‘green’ in Portuguese) in Cape Verde. Santo Antão is the greenest island of all Cape Verde despite having a contradictory landscape.

The west part of the island is arid, dry, and home to a black sand beach. The east part of Santo Antão is home to Paul Valley, mountainous areas full of lush, green vegetation. As a result, Santo Antão is a hiker’s paradise !

Things to do in Santo Antão

Activities in Santo Antão include hiking through Paul Valley, snorkeling and diving off the western coastline, and exploring the lively villages of Ponta do Sol and Ribiera Grande.

There are kilometers of hiking trails all throughout the coasts. One of the most famous hiking trails in all of Cape Verde is the path from Ponta do Sol to Cruzinha in northern Santo Antão.

This trail is 13 kilometers one way and lasts between 5-7 hours depending on your abilities. The hike takes a long time mainly because there are constant uphills and downhills.

If you don’t mind backpacking, I recommend hiking from Ponta do Sol to Cruzinha with your belongings, and sleeping in Cruzinha . The B&B, Questel BronQ is situated on Cruzinha’s beautiful coastline, and so can welcome you after the hike.

If you don’t want to backpack with your things, you could always take a taxi or aluguer back to Ponta do Sol after your hike.

*Tip: it is possible to hike the reverse route of Cruzinha to Ponta do Sol, but people who’ve done it say it is more difficult.

Getting to Santo Antão

You can only access Santo Antão by boat. There are no flights to the island.

The best way to get to Santo Antão is to first fly to São Vicente, then take a ferry from Mindelo, São Vicente to Porto Novo, Santo Antão.

CV Interlhas provides ferry service between the two islands.

São Vicente

São Vicente island is home to Mindelo, Cape Verde’s second largest city. Mindelo is also home to the deepest port in Cape Verde.

Mindelo is known for being Cape Verde’s musical and cultural capital. Like Brazil, the city holds its annual carnival in February/March. It is Cape Verde’s largest carnival celebration, complete with music, dancing, and beautiful outfits!

The dates of the carnival vary by year, so be sure to check dates before booking a trip.

Mindelo was also home to Cesária Évora, quite possibly the most famous Cape Verdean singer in the world. She was so important for the culture that her face is printed on the 2,000$ bill. And in my opinion, it is a beautiful piece of paper!

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Activities in São Vicente

Some activities to do on Sao Vicente includes beach hopping, listening to live music in bars and squares, walking down Lisboa street in Mindelo, and going up Monte Verde for panoramic views of the island.

Thanks to its windy climate, São Vicente is a welcoming destination for water sports enthusiasts. There are numerous beaches around the island perfect for water activities.

Getting to São Vicente

São Vicente is best accessible by plane.

From Sal, you can fly to São Vicente with Binter Airlines in under 1 hour.

You can also fly to São Vicente from international destinations via Cesária Évora International Airport (VXE).

São Nicolau is part of the windward islands, located next to Sal.

Though Ribeira Brava is the capital of São Nicolau, most accommodation options are found in Tarrafal de São Nicolau. Unlike Sal, São Nicolau is an off-the-beaten path island in Cape Verde.

If you’re looking to get away from the crowds and live like a Cape Verdean, consider a visit here.

Activities on São Nicolau

The main activity in São Nicolau is walking/hiking.

Monte Gordo Natural Park is a very popular place to explore on foot. Other destinations in São Nicolau to explore include Fajã Plain, Juncalinho, Ribeira da Prata, the rock formations in Carbeirinho, and the capital city Riberia Grande.

It’s said that Ribeira Grande is the prettiest town in all of Cape Verde, so why not take time out to explore it and spend time chatting it up with locals?

How to get to São Nicolau

São Nicolau has an airport serving domestic flights only.

The closest international airport is on Sal island. From Sal, you can fly or take a ferry to São Nicolau.

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Sal island is home to some of the best beaches in Cape Verde!

If you’re looking for a relaxing trip in Cape Verde, Sal might be just what you’re looking for. It is renowned for the beaches, and is home to numerous hotels and resorts , including all-inclusive resorts, some of which are 5-star .

Sal is one of the flattest and driest islands in all Cape Verde. Its dry landscape allows for no lush vegetation, nor for food to be grown there. This means that the locals rely on imported food and goods. And so will you.

Sal is also one of Cape Verde’s windiest islands, making it a great spot for surfing and kite-surfing.

Things to do on Sal island

Activities in Sal include, but are not limited to, floating in the salt lake , visiting shark bay, snorkeling in Murdeira Bay, and witnessing the nesting and hatching of sea turtles at night.

The capital of Sal island is Espargos, but the colorful town of Santa Maria is home to the island’s beautiful beaches. Take time to visit both towns to get a glimpse of how the locals live.

Getting to Sal

Sal is home to one of the country’s international airports. In terms of international traffic, it is probably the most important airport in Cape Verde.

You’re likely to find cheaper fares to Sal than to the other islands.

TAP Air Portugal operates flights almost daily in and out of Sal, serving the American and European markets. If you are based in Europe, you also have the option to book with TUI.

Boa Vista is one of the windiest islands in Cape Verde, but it’s also one of three of Cape Verde’s best beaches islands.

Like Sal, Boa Vista is a dry and flat island. It is tourism friendly, which means there are a lot of accommodation options, and getting around won’t be difficult.

Many locals will say that if you have been to Sal, then there’s no need to visit Boa Vista.

Things to do in Boa Vista

The top things to do in Boa Vista include:

  • relaxing on their stretches of beaches, such as in Santa Mónica
  • taking up a water sport
  • snorkeling and diving
  • visiting the shipwreck at Santa Maria
  • exploring the white sand dunes of the Viana Desert

Getting to Boa Vista

The best way to get to Boa Vista is to take a ferry from Sal.

You also have the possibility to fly to Boa Vista, as its airport serves both domestic and international flights.

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Sotavento (leeward) islands in the south

Maio is part of the Sotavento islands, but its landscape resembles that of Sal and Boa Vista in the Barlavento north.

Well, Maio is also known for their white sandy beaches, flat desert landscape, and simple living.

Unlike Sal and Boa Vista, you won’t find large hotels and resorts on the island. In fact, of these three beach islands, Maio is the least visited. If you want a local feel for the Cape Verdean way of life, consider a visit to Maio.

Things to do on Maio

Despite being a small island, Maio has kept its charm by limiting the impact from tourism. Check out these activities on Maio.

  • Hiking: Monte Penoso is the highest point on Maio, sitting at 436 meters. If you’re looking for an active activity on Maio, consider a hike here.
  • Spend time in the capital of Maio, Vila do Maio. Watch the sunset, listen to live music, and eat cachupa.
  • Support the local communities by visiting the cooperatives set up for salt mining and handmade ceramics.

Getting to Maio

The most reliable way of getting to Maio is by plane. Maio’s airport only serves inter island/domestic flights, so the ideal route for you would be to fly in and out of Praia.

A ferry is also possible between Praia and Maio, though it is less reliable.

Santiago island is home to the capital of Cape Verde, Praia. It’s also the largest island in the archipelago. More than half of the population of Cape Verde lives on Santiago!

Santiago’s island qualities are a mix of everything you can find on the other Cape Verdean islands: cities, volcanic mountains, lush vegetation, and beaches.

Getting to Santiago

If you have a short holiday and can’t commit to spending the time to island hop, consider flying into Santiago via Nelson Mandela International Airport (RAI) and living it up there for a few days!

Santiago is also accessible by plane from the other islands.

If you will be arriving to Cape Verde via Sal, you can buy a flight with Binter and fly direct from Sal to Praia.

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The island of Fogo is the most unique in all of Cape Verde. The island nation of Cape Verde was created by volcanic activity, and Fogo is proof of this! Sitting at an extreme elevation of 2,829 meters is Pico do Fogo, Fogo’s active volcano.

Pico do Fogo erupted late November 2014, destroying the two villages of Portela and Bangeira in Chã das Caldeiras. The volcanic activity lasted 70+ days, ending in February 2015. Fortunately, no one was killed but 1500 people were displaced.

Following the eruption, hundreds of inhabitants returned to Chã das Caldeiras, which sits in a volcanic crater, and rebuilt their lives. Several hotels and local guides are still based here, welcoming thousands of visitors each year.

Things to do on Fogo island

There are several things to do on Fogo which are unique to this island:

  • Hike near and around Pico do Fogo, Fogo’s active volcano
  • Visit the local wineries. Despite being a volcanic island, Fogo’s environment allows the locals to make and sell wine.
  • Explore the capital city, São Filipe
  • Stay in a locally-owned hotel in Chã das Caldeiras, and hear & see firsthand accounts of the eruption and what daily life looks like.

Getting to Fogo

Fogo is best accessible by plane. You can fly to Fogo from Sal, São Vicente, and Praia. There are no international flights to Fogo.

The airport is located just outside São Filipe, the capital of Fogo.

Brava is the most southwestern island of the leeward islands, situated next to Fogo. It’s also the smallest of all the inhabited islands in the archipelago with an area spanning just under 63 square kilometers.

Brava, along with Santo Antão, is one of the greenest islands in Cape Verde. In fact, due to the unique flora and fauna on the island, it is known as The Island of Flowers.

Historically, Brava was the island all whaleboats would stop at when going to, or coming from the United States. This provided the opportunity for many Cape Verdeans to travel the world, and to even emigrate to the U.S.

If you’re truly looking for an off-the-beaten path destination in Cape Verde, head over to Brava.

Things to do on Brava

To enjoy what Brava has to offer, activities you can do include exploring the capital, Nova Sintra – named after the town of Sintra in Portugal, and visiting the villages of Cachaço, João d’Nole, and Faja d’Agua. In Faja d’Agua, you will also find natural pools.

The main activity to do on Brava is to hike. You can take advantage of their hiking trails, such as the hike from Nova Sintra to Fontainhas, the highest point on Brava. You can also hike from Nova Sintra to Faja d’Agua.

Getting to Brava

The main reason Brava sees less tourism than Sal, Santiago, and even Fogo is because of how difficult it is to get there.

To get to Brava from your home country, you will first need to fly in to one of Cape Verde’s international airports. Once in the country, you will then take an inter-island flight to Fogo. Again, Fogo’s airport only serves domestic flights.

From Fogo, you will take a ferry to Brava. The ferry should last just under 2 hours.

Ferries between Fogo and Brava are not daily. The latest ferry schedules can be found through CV Interilhas .

Another way of traveling to Brava is to fly into Praia, then take a ferry from Praia to Brava.

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Practical tips for traveling in Cape Verde

Get travel insurance.

If you have a travel credit card which offers full trip coverage, such as Chase Reserve, be sure to book everything with the card to be protected. I’m talking flights, ferry, and hotel bookings.

Another option is to purchase travel insurance specifically for this trip, such as with World Nomads.

If you’re coming from Europe, it’s important to note that Cape Verde is covered by European travel regulations only if you purchase your flights between Europe and Cape Verde in one booking. If you book inter-island flights within Cape Verde (departure and arrival in Cape Verde), you are not covered by European regulation.

Download the country map offline

I recommend to download the Cape Verde map offline via the GPS app of your choice. I normally use Google Maps.

Here is a quick video tutorial I made showing you how to download a map offline.

The preferred method of payment with locals is cash. As long as it is Euros or Escudos, it will be accepted.

Most of the large hotels and resorts accept credit cards, but the locally owned hotels or Bed & Breakfasts will only accept cash.

Confirm ferry departures

The day before, or the day of, your ferry departure, contact the ferry company (i.e. CV INTERILHAS) to confirm your ferry will depart, and that it will depart on time.

Listen to live Cape Verdean music

OK, this one isn’t a practical tip really, but more of a strong recommendation! I’m not sure you can really enjoy your visit to Cape Verde without listening to the local music live at least once.

Famous around the world, Cape Verdean music offers some of the sweetest sounds you’ll ever hear.

Morna is one of the traditional types of music to come out of Cape Verde, made famous by Cesária Évora. The artists normally sing in their native Creole. Other types of music include funaná, coladeira, and batuque.

No matter what island or town you visit, you will certainly find live music playing in a local bar or cafe.

You’ll also be able to find some spots where you can dance kizomba!

7 Portugese Phrases to Know

I can speak 3 languages, but Portugese isn’t one of them. To prepare for my trip to Cape Verde, I decided to try learning some Portugese through Duolingo.

I learned some words and phrases that proved to be useful on my trip, and I’d like to share some of them with you. I must admit that, based on these phrases alone, many Cape Verdeans thought I spoke fluent Portugese!

  • Bom dia – This phrase means “good morning” or “good day”. It is a great way to greet someone as long as it is before lunch time.
  • Boa tarde – This one means “good afternoon” and it’s a greeting to be used after lunch time.
  • Obrigada/o – This means “thank you”. If you are a woman, you’d say “obrigada”. If you’re a man, it’s “obrigado”.
  • Desculpe – This phrase means “sorry”
  • Com licensa – Use this phrase if you need to grab someone’s attention or need them to move out of the way. In English, it translates to “excuse me”.
  • Por favor – Like in Spanish, this means “please”.
  • Você fala inglais? – You can probably guess this one! It means “do you speak English?”

*Pro tip: be sure to download the Portugese language offline in your translation app, such as Google Translate.

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Cape Verde seasonal activities

Whale watching.

February-March is the best time to visit Sal if you want to go whale watching, as this is their mating season. You can sign up for a whale watching tour which involves going out on a boat for about 3 hours. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to spot dolphins too.

Like in Brazil and the Caribbean, Carnival is largely celebrated in Cape Verde. Specifically in Mindelo, São Vicente.

Carnival is normally held in February or March. However, the exact dates vary each year depending on when Easter is.

Turtle nesting

Cape Verde is the third largest nesting site for loggerhead turtles in the world. The turtles mainly nest on Sal, Boa Vista, and Maio.

The loggerhead turtles lay their nests between July-October, and hatching begins immediately after. If you visit in early November, you could still have the chance to witness turtles hatching.

Santa Maria Music Festival

Annually in September, Santa Maria on Sal island holds their music festival. For a couple of days, the locals come together to celebrate music with live performances, food stalls, and parties on the streets.

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If you have any questions about visiting Cape Verde, drop me a message !

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Cape verdean community members hail homeland’s independence day.

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Hundreds attended the flag raising ceremony on Fri., July 5, one of several events celebrating the 49th anniversary of Cape Verdean independence from Portugal.

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Cape Verdean leaders, most of them from Dorchester and Roxbury, and city officials celebrated the 49th anniversary of Cape Verde attaining its freedom from Portugal with a ceremonial flag raising at City Hall on July 5 that attracted hundreds of participants.

The event was one of a host of events that took place last week to mark the United States and Cape Verdean birthdays of independence. Local officials welcomed the prime minister of Cape Verde, Ulisses Correia e Silva, and a cadre of other Cape Verdean officials to the flag raising. There was a music festival at City Hall on July 4, a “40-under-40” gala leadership celebration on July 2, and a breakfast at the State House on July 5.

Mayor Wu and Silva said they hoped to continue the tradition of coming together in July to strengthen the relationship between Boston and Cape Verde. In the larger picture, Massachusetts has the highest concentration of Cape Verdean Americans and Cape Verdean immigrants in the United States, with a good deal of them calling Dorchester home.

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Providence's 49th Annual Cape Verdean Independence Festival held Sunday

A ccording to the Rhode Island Cape Verdean Heritage organization, their annual festival is the oldest celebration of Cape Verdean Independence in the United States.

Featuring traditional music, dance and food, along with cultural, health/wellness and educational tents, the event attracted hundreds to the area surrounding the Roger Williams Park Temple to Music.

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The event ran from noon to dusk and also featured arts and crafts from local artists including activities for children.

Cape Verde gained its independence from Portugal on July 5, 1975 - 49 years ago this past week.

Providence's 49th Annual Cape Verdean Independence Festival held Sunday


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The 9 Best Vinho Verdes to Drinks for Fresh, Summer Fun

Made for warm weather sipping, Vinho Verde pairs with everything summer, from the food to the vibes.

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No wine is made for summer quite like Vinho Verde. The zippy white wine from northern Portugal pairs with picnic and poolside eats alike, whether grilled fish tacos, crunchy and bright salads, or grilled chicken. The wine is best enjoyed well chilled during walks on the beach, relaxing in Adirondack chairs, or better yet, while overlooking the Atlantic from one of Portugal's rocky cliffsides.

Vinho Verde is a region in the northeastern tip of Portugal that borders the Spanish wine region of Galicia , which is known for similarly refreshing white wines. Vinho Verde DOC is within the Minho province of Portugal and is named not after its green-tinted wines, but after the lush and varied green landscape which makes up the province.

The region produces around 96 million liters of wine annually (about 128 million bottles) and is gets exported around the world. While Vinho Verde makes red, white, and rosé wines from 45 approved grape varieties, it's best known for its refreshing, bracing white wines made from Alvarinho (also known as Albariño in Spain), Loureiro, Arinto, and lesser-known grapes like Trajadura. These are known as branco (or white) bottlings, but often just shortened to Vinho Verde.

Light and bright, Vinho Verde is marked by lemon-lime aromas, gooseberry and grapefruit flavors. Averaging around 11.5% ABV (alcohol by volume) it’s lower in alcohol than many alternatives, and it has a subtle, delightful effervescence.

One of Vinho Verde’s biggest boons is its affordability — you can easily find excellent bottles of Vinho Verde for less than $15. Here are nine of the best choices to try right now.

In the 1970s the Cerdeira family planted entire vineyards of Alvarinho in the northern subregion of Melgaco. Soalheiro Alvarinho is some of the most elegant Vinho Verde on the market and their more entry-level Clássico bottling is no exception. It’s tropical leaning with notes of green mango, pineapple, and zesty lemon, and since it matures briefly on the lees before bottling, this wine has a touch of bread dough aromas and a fabulous texture.

You can easily identify this tasty Loureiro on shelves thanks to the playful illustrations of green birds on its label. The wine is equally playful with a mouth-watering combination of bracing lemon and salt — an instant reminder of Vinho Verde’s seaside locale. Enjoy this wine chilled and pair it with simple grilled fish topped with lots of lemon juice and a bit of chili.

Quinta de Curvos

A blend of Loureiro, Trajadura, and Arinto, this easy-going white wine offers notes of ripe bananas and papaya served with a big squeeze of fresh lime juice and a sprinkle of sea salt. With a fair bit of effervescence, the aromas pop out of the glass.

Aveleda wines

Vinho Verde DOC is known for its granite-rich soils which, when made well, impart a lovely minerality in the region's wines. This bottling is made from 100% Alvarinho grown in nutrient poor, well-draining soils (a great thing when it comes to growing grapes). Winemaker Carla Moura has the wine go through extended aging in stainless steel and employs batonnage, or stirring the wine on the lees, to add a richer texture and mouthfeel. A more medium-bodied Alvarinho, this wine has lemon and fennel flavors with a very long finish.

Quinta da Raza

Cheap and cheerful, this wine is so fun in so many ways. It’s on the more sparkling side of fizzy with lots of bubbles that are active in the glass, with aromas of watermelon candy and flavors not unlike Fresca, the citrus soft drink. With an easy screw top closure, this wine is a no-brainer for summer gatherings.

An Arinto-dominant white blend, made with smaller amounts of Azal and Loureiro, the Vera Vinho Verde is far more austere and elegant than its price demands. This wine has a complex balance of flavors like pineapple, green tea, and herbs with a savory, stony finish.

Luis Seabra Vinhos

With tangerine, lemongrass, and seashell aromas, this 100% Alvarinho wine transports you to the coastline of Portugal within moments of being poured. Winemaker Luis Seabra only harvests grapes grown in granitic soils for this bottling with the aim to showcase how soil can impact the flavor profile of a wine. An anomaly in Vinho Verde, this wine goes through full malolactic fermentation and sees a few months in barrel, both of which contribute to its lovely, rich mouthfeel.

This Arinto-Loureiro blend offers notes of zesty yellow grapefruit, not-too-ripe pineapple, and Meyer lemon. The fruity notes are brought to life by this wine’s salinity and mineral notes. Its flavors and aromas evoke the sea; pair it with salty seafood like mussels, shrimp, clams, or even oysters topped with lemon.

This classic branco blend is made with Loureiro, Arinto, and lesser-known Avesso variety. Quinta de Lourosa is a stunning winery located 25 miles from the city of Porto, making it a stunning getaway to the region with equally impressive wines. This bottling has easy-going citrusy notes with lots of fizzy bubbles.

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Arrive: São Vicente, Cape Verde

Depart: Praia, Cape Verde

  • Hike and explore four volcanic islands, each with its own atmosphere and landscape
  • Hear Cape Verde's soulful traditional music, sung in Cape Verdean Creole
  • On São Vicente Island, the music capital of Cape Verde, visit the home of the late singer Cesária Évora
  • Climb Pico do Fogo, the highest mountain in Cape Verde
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Mindelo, São Vicente Island, Cape Verde Islands

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Cape Verde (also known as Cabo Verde) is a nation of 10 main islands off the coast of West Africa. Colonized by the Portuguese, Cape Verde became a commercial centre for trade.

The country is home to three volcanoes, with one of them still being active. With its many geographical features, some of the best hiking in Africa can be found in Cape Verde.

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Do I Need Vaccines for Cape Verde?

Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Cape Verde. The National Travel Health Network and Centre and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Cape Verde: COVID-19 , hepatitis A , hepatitis B , typhoid , yellow fever , rabies and tetanus .

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  • COVID-19 – Airborne – Recommended for all travellers
  • Hepatitis A – Food & Water – Recommended for most travellers to the region, especially if unvaccinated.
  • Hepatitis B – Blood & Body Fluids – Recommended for travellers to most regions.
  • Tetanus – Wounds or Breaks in Skin – Recommended for travelers to most regions, especially if not previously vaccinated.
  • Typhoid – Food & Water – Jab lasts 3 years. Oral vaccine lasts 5 years, must be able to swallow pills. Oral doses must be kept in refrigerator.
  • Yellow Fever – Mosquito – Required if travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
  • Rabies – Saliva of Infected Animals – Vaccine recommended for long-stay travellers and those who may come in contact with animals.

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Mosquito-borne infections like dengue , malaria and chikungunya are present in Cape Verde. Travellers should bring mosquito repellents and netting. Antimalarial medication is also recommended.

Hospitals may be found in Praia and Mindelo with smaller medical facilities also found in other islands. Bring your own medications and prescriptions, as many are in low supply in Cape Verde.

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Do I Need a Visa or Passport for Cape Verde?

British citizens can stay up to 30 days without a visa in Cape Verde. A transport tax is required averaging around £30. This can be paid online through the EASE website.

Passports must be valid for at leas six months beyond the time of entry. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if arriving from a region with the disease.

Sources: Embassy of Cape Verde and GOV.UK

What is the Climate Like in Cape Verde?

Cape Verde has a tropical climate and is fairly consistent year-round. Temperature ranges from 25 to 30 degrees.

There is low humidity in Cape Verde and strong winds occur between November and March. This creates large waves off the coasts. There are large amounts of sunshine, with little cloud cover. The warmest month to travel to Cape Verde is in August.

How Safe is Cape Verde?

Petty crime is common in Cape Verde in highly-populated areas such as markets and festivals. Look out for groups of children with no adult supervision. The majority of pickpockets are children.

Be careful when using hillside stairways at all times of the day, for these are common locations for assault. It is strongly advised not to use them.

While swimming or fishing in the waters around Cape Verde, watch out for strong tides and currents that can cause drowning.

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.

Hiking in Cape Verde

Cape Verde is most known for its hiking trails, especially on the island of Santo Antao. The island has canyons and valleys with lush vegetation. The northern part of the island is the most popular among hikers and you can access it by ferry.

The hiking trails in northern Santo Antao feature a variety of different trails including coastal trails, trails of volcanic rock, cliffs, bluffs, cobblestone paths, terraces and small villages filled with colorful buildings. The two most popular hikes on the island are the Cova Crater and Coastal Track.

What Should I Pack for Cape Verde?

Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Cape Verde:

  • Hats and sun cream to protect against the consistent sun.
  • Shoes for hiking, if you plan to hike.
  • Mosquito repellent and clothing that covers bare skin to prevent mosquito bites and infections.
  • Your own prescriptions and medications as they may be hard to find in Cape Verde.
  • Anti-diarrhoea medicine. diarrhoea can be common among travellers, it’s always best to be prepared.
  • Modest clothing for visits to smaller towns or villages.

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If you are in Cape Verde and have an emergency (for example, been attacked, arrested or someone has died) contact the nearest consular services. Contact the embassy before arrival if you have additional questions on entry requirements, safety concerns or are in need of assistance.

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Distance from Cape Verde to Portugal

Distance from Cape Verde to Portugal is 3,081 kilometers . This air travel distance is equal to 1,914 miles.

The air travel (bird fly) shortest distance between Cape Verde and Portugal is 3,081 km= 1,914 miles.

If you travel with an airplane (which has average speed of 560 miles) from Cape Verde to Portugal, It takes 3.42 hours to arrive.

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Dreamy beaches, lunar landscapes, and a melting pot of cultures await in Cape Verde.

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Nestled in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of West Africa lies a hidden gem waiting to be explored – the Cape Verde Islands. With their pristine beaches, rugged landscapes, and vibrant culture, these volcanic islands offer a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural riches that captivate the hearts of travellers from around the world.

Just a six-hour flight from the UK, you’ll find the perfect mix of African, Brazilian, and Portuguese influences ready to be explored. From adventurous outdoor activities to immersive cultural experiences, whether you’re looking for a family holiday to remember or some romantic time in the sun- Cape Verde has it all.

Take your pick from luxury and family-friendly hotels to amazing facility-packed all-inclusive resorts with Hays Travel today. 

When is the best time to visit?: Cape Verde has a sub-tropical climate with average annual temperatures of between 24 and 30°C. With year-round sunshine mixed with cooling trade winds, the islands are perfect for beach breaks and lovers of sun. But typically, the best months to visit are in the late autumn or winter.

Where is the best place to stay in Dubai?: Sal is Cape Verde’s most popular island; combining an eye-catching, lunar landscape with colourful towns and perfect waters for water sports. On the south coast, Santa Maria has an eight-kilometre beach, traditional restaurants, and a café-lined square.

The island of Boa Vista is a favourite for beach lovers. This place lives up to its name ('beautiful view') with 55 kilometres of uninterrupted pristine-white sands bordering crystal-clear waters.

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A new ‘kid on the block’ except with savvy holidaymakers, the former Portuguese territory of the Cape Verde islands is the perfect year-round destination for sun-filled holidays!

  • Best time to visit: February-June
  • Average temp: 25°C/77°F
  • Average flight time: 6 Hours
  • Most suited for: Couples
  • Currency: Cape Verdean Escudo
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Immerse Yourself in Local Culture

Immerse Yourself in Local Culture

The Cape Verde Islands are home to a rich and diverse cultural heritage shaped by centuries of history and influences from Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Explore the cobblestone streets and colonial architecture of the historic town of Cidade Velha on Santiago Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest European settlements in the tropics. Experience the rhythms of traditional Cape Verdean music, such as morna and funaná, at lively festivals and street parties held throughout the islands. And don't miss the opportunity to sample the delicious local cuisine, which features fresh seafood, hearty stews, and tropical fruits bursting with flavour.

Explore the Beaches

Explore the Beaches

With over 1,000 kilometres of coastline, the Cape Verde Islands boast some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world. From the powdery white sands of Santa Maria Beach on Sal Island to the dramatic cliffs and turquoise waters of Tarrafal Beach on Santiago Island, there's a beach for every traveller to enjoy. Activity fans will love water sports from windsurfing, kitesurfing, and scuba diving to surfing and sailing. Not forgetting horse-riding along beaches, quad biking, and ATV adventures. Whether you're seeking relaxation, water sports, or simply stunning views, the beaches of Cape Verde are not to be missed.

Hike the Volcanic Landscapes

Hike the Volcanic Landscapes

The Cape Verde Islands are home to a rugged terrain of volcanic peaks, deep valleys, and rocky cliffs, making them a paradise for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Lace up your hiking boots and embark on a trek to the summit of Pico do Fogo on Fogo Island, where you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and the crater of the island's active volcano. Or explore the lush valleys and mountain trails of Santo Antão, known as the "Island of Peaks," where you can encounter waterfalls, lush vegetation, and charming rural villages along the way.

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Food & Drink

With an array of restaurants, bars, and cafes to choose from serving local and international fare, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to satisfying your hunger pangs or quenching your thirst on a Cape Verde holiday.

The local cuisine is influenced by Creole, Portuguese, Brazilian, and African flavours. No holiday to Cape Verde would be complete without trying Cachupa, Cachupa Rica, Cado de Peixe au Caiderado, Lagosta Suada, and Percebes with Doce de Papaya and Bol de Cus-Cus for dessert.

Average monthly temperature in Cape Verde (°C)

  • Jan 23 °C
  • Feb 23 °C
  • Mar 23 °C
  • Apr 23 °C
  • May 23 °C
  • Jun 24 °C
  • Jul 26 °C
  • Aug 27 °C
  • Sep 27 °C
  • Oct 27 °C
  • Nov 26 °C
  • Dec 25 °C

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  23. Travel Vaccines and Advice for Cape Verde

    Travel Vaccines and Advice for Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) Cape Verde (also known as Cabo Verde) is a nation of 10 main islands off the coast of West Africa. Colonized by the Portuguese, Cape Verde became a commercial centre for trade. The country is home to three volcanoes, with one of them still being active. With its many geographical features ...

  24. Distance from Cape Verde to Portugal

    This air travel distance is equal to 1,914 miles. The air travel (bird fly) shortest distance between Cape Verde and Portugal is 3,081 km= 1,914 miles. If you travel with an airplane (which has average speed of 560 miles) from Cape Verde to Portugal, It takes 3.42 hours to arrive.

  25. Cape Verde

    Cape Verde [1] (Portuguese: Cabo Verde, Kriolu: Kabu Verdi) is a country in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of western Africa. It comprises a group of islands of the Atlantic Ocean, west of Senegal. It is part of the region of Islands collectively known as Macaronesia. Despite its remoteness in elevation with all but three islands being ...

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    Travel guide. A new 'kid on the block' except with savvy holidaymakers, the former Portuguese territory of the Cape Verde islands is the perfect year-round destination for sun-filled holidays! Best time to visit: February-June. Average temp: 25°C/77°F. Average flight time: 6 Hours.