Cape Verde

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The islands of Cape Verde are a blend of Portuguese and African influences as there is a fascinating mixture of African and European custom and conduct.

The ten islands and five tiny islets which make up Cape Verde vary wildly in character and scenery, from spectacular verdant mountain ranges, to deserted beaches, with a some volcanic landscapes thrown in for good measure. It is this variety that makes Cape Verde such an unusual and appealing destination.

One of the biggest draws to Cape Verde is the spectacular scenery and diverse landscapes strewn around the islets. The perfect climate and endless outdoor pursuits from wind-surfing to hiking also attracts visitors. Cape Verde is world-renowned for its spectacular waves, and as a result, attracts professional and amateur water sport enthusiasts year-round.

It is truly a unique destination that can offer visitors a captivating mixture of adventure and leisure experiences. 

  Bordering Countries   Capital City   Currency  
  Atlantic Ocean Island   Praia   Cape Verdean Escudo (CVE)  
  Official Language   Largest City   Dialling code  
  Portuguese   Praia   +238  
  When to go

The tropical climate of Cape Verde is tempered by trade winds, with temperatures remaining constant most of the year. Temperatures average between 78 to 86°F (26 to 30°C) and it can get hotter on the flatter islands or inland.

There is a rainy season from August to October when rainfall is unpredictable. The coolest months are December to March.  

Best time to visit: March to June and April to June (Best waves for surfers)
High Season: February to June and August
Low Season: September and October
Worst Weather: September and October (The rain can be sudden and dramatic)
Best Weather: November to May (Uninterrupted sunshine)
Fast Fact

Cape Verdeans trust in the power of "cachupa", a local fish stew, to transform a simple meal into an occasion for storytelling and sharing memories
Electricity / Voltage
Plugs / sockets are usually an issue when it comes to traveling, so always make sure you travel with a universal plug adapter

The voltage is 220 V
The plugs used are C or F
The electrical frequency is 50 Hz
Itravel's preferred Top Attractions
Brief descriptions of our recommended areas to visit
Most popular island is cosmopolitan Sal, which is known for its striking, lunar-like landscape. It is dotted with colourful, cobbled towns, like Santa Maria on the southern shores, where you will find surf shops, traditional restaurants and a pretty square lined with al fresco cafès
    Boa Vista
You will find plenty more in the way of beaches over on Boa Vista. The sands here halo the coastline for 55 kilometres. Praia Chave deserves a special mention, thanks to its snow-white swathes and shape-shifting dunes.
    Santo Antão
This dizzyingly vertical isle, ruptured with canyons, gorges and valleys, offers some of the most amazing hiking in West Africa. The second-largest island in the archipelago, it is the only one that puts the verde in Cape Verde.
    Sao Vicente
Generally considered the cultural hub of the island, Mindelo is proud of its rich tradition of music and art and has a vibrant nightlife with a lively buzz of music throughout the pubs, restaurants and nightclubs.
With a unique blend of diverse landscapes, volcanic rocks, green valleys, barren regions and beautiful beaches Santiago is aesthetically pleasing. Hiking is popular here as this is one of the few islands with a refreshing hinterland which can be very rewarding.
Thousands of years ago, Fogo erupted from the sea and at its peak, originally reached 35km but since then has lost 300m in height when a huge section collapsed. That said, it still boasts the highest peak in Cape Verde.


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