Cape Verde holidays

Beautiful unspoilt beaches, stunning landscapes teeming with exotic wildlife, and year-round sunshine has earned Cape Verde a reputation as Africa’s answer to the Caribbean. The sparkling blue sea and soft white beaches sweep up into volcanic mountains, with green valleys and rustic villages tucked in between to explore. This exotic chain of 10 islands is set in the Atlantic off the west coast of Africa, so you can practically guarantee sunshine all year round.

Things to do

Sink your toes in to the soft white sand and relax at the beach, check out the water sports like snorkeling and kitesurfing, or take a tropical trek through mango tree forests high up into the mountains. Every way you look you’ll be treated to stunning views. And if you come at the right time you might also spot a rare loggerhead turtle or humpback whale from the beach! When it’s time for a spot of shopping, head into the towns or fishing villages dotted over the islands, like relaxed Santa Maria on the island of Sal. Catch up on some retail therapy at a local market, or sample delicious local delicacies at a choice of good restaurants. Visit during February and join the carnival fun as music fills the air and dancers perform through the streets.


Map of Cape Verde

24-30 ℃

The sun is almost permanently shining, with average temperatures comfortably around 24-30 (°C) all year.

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Amílcar Cabral International Airport is the main international airport in Cape Verde. The airport is around 17km from Santa Maria

Cape Verde is best for...

Couples: Unspoilt beaches and memorable sunsets make holidays to Cape Verde ideal for couples. Take a romantic stroll along the Santa Maria shoreline and stargaze, or float through streets soaking up the alfresco café culture and traditional culinary delights.

Night Owls: Santa Maria comes with a variety of bars and local nightlife, mostly in the form of live music bars that are open until the early hours of the morning; perfect for a sunrise stroll along the beach on the way back to your hotel.

Animal lovers: Spot humpback whales off the coastline of Cape Verde during their migration or enjoy the miracle of the turtle nesting season (seasonal depending).

Fast facts for Cape Verde

Language: The language spoken is Portuguese.

Currency: The currency used is the Cape Verdean escudo.

Local time: Cape Verde is 1 hour behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Amilcar Cabral International Airport (SID). Most resorts are less than half an hour away.

Flight time from the UK: 6 hours.

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found below.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on health.
A visa is required for travel to Cape Verde. This is included in the cost of your holiday as long as full passport details (otherwise known as API details) are submitted correctly at least 10 days before travel. If this is not done correctly or at all, then you will need to pay for a visa upon arrival which comes at a cost of €25 per person

Getting around Cape Verde

By mini-bus: Great value shared mini-buses known as ‘Aluguers’ can be flagged down on the street. They’ll drop you off at any point and are a practical way to get about.

By taxi: It’s easy to spot the bright blue taxis of the island, which have a distinctive yellow stripe. There’s usually plenty to choose from, but the cost of fares can vary depending on the time of day. 

By plane: Hop between islands effortlessly, thanks to regular flights.

Events in Cape Verde

Every August 15th: The Festa Nossa Senhora De Piedade, which translates as the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy, takes place on Sal in August. The celebration includes processions,  sports such as swimming competitions, religious activities and a music festival featuring local talent down on the beach. It is a true taste of the fantastic culture of Cape Verde

Live music: Every September, the Festival de Musica da Baia das Gatas de Santa Maria entertains beachgoers. A vibrant mix of Jazz, Latin, reggae and traditional local musicians hit the stage, with dancing on the beach continuing into the small hours.

Cape Verde weather

All year round you’ll enjoy temperatures ranging from 21-30 (°C) with the sun seeming permanently in the sky. It does rain, but these are infrequent. Instead, you can look forward to almost wall-to-wall sunshine. In the height of summer, temperatures can peak in the mid-thirties. If you’re a keen kite and windsurfer, the winds build in the winter months to offer excellent conditions for hitting the water. Or to enjoy the warm sea and long sunny days, book for the spring or autumn.

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