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Holidays in Cape Verde

Like diamonds sparkling in the Atlantic, Cape Verde comprises of ten unique islands lying off the west coast of Africa. A little further south than the Canary Islands, these volcanic islands have year round sun, and have been named ‘the African Caribbean’ with their stunning, white sand beaches, dramatic surf, tropical birds and fascinating sea life. 

24-30 °C

The sun rarely stops shining in Cape Verde, with year-round temperatures ranging from 24-30 (°C)

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

Recommended offers in Cape Verde

Oasis Salinas Sea

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Situated on Santa Maria beach
  • Interconnecting family rooms available
  • 24hr All Inclusive

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  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Oasis Belorizonte

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Situated on Santa Maria beach
  • Three outdoor pools
  • Recently refurbished bungalows

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Based on 1871 reviews

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Aguahotels Sal Vila Verde

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Self catering
  • On-site restaurant
  • Close to the beach

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

smartline Crioula

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Beachfront location
  • Choice of hotel rooms and bungalows
  • Pool bar with snack service

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Based on 2010 reviews

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Based on 10 reviews

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Odjo dʼagua

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Stunning sea views
  • Peaceful location
  • Traditional design with authentic charm

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Based on 495 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£1120

From pearly-white beaches to charcoal-dusted volcanic mountains surrounded by lush green mango trees, Cape Verde’s landscape is nothing short of spectacular. On the popular island of Sal, laid-back Santa Maria is where you’ll find some of Cape Verde’s best markets and restaurants, and a seemingly endless powder white beach. Come at the right time, and you might be lucky enough to see a rare loggerhead turtle or a majestic humpback whale. In February, carnival fever spreads throughout the islands. Music fills the air as revellers in flamboyant costumes dance through the streets. 

Catch a glimpse of Santa Maria’s pristine white beach and you’ll know exactly why Cape Verde has been nicknamed ‘the African Caribbean’. This is one of the best places in Cape Verde for a romantic stroll. Wander along its golden shoreline and gaze out across the luminous turquoise waters, with brightly painted fishing boats bobbing along the horizon. You’ll find some of Cape Verde’s best beaches on the quiet island of Boa Vista, a short boat ride from Sal. Lie back on the warm, powder-soft sands of Santa Monica beach and imagine you’re on your very own tropical island paradise.

Just under an hour’s drive from Santa Maria is the bay of Buracona, a rocky black cove where you’ll find the dazzling ‘Blue Eye’. Peep through a gap in the volcanic rock and you’ll see a luminous electric blue display, where the sun hits the ocean floor. One of the most exciting activities in Cape Verde is turtle-watching on the islands of Sal and Boa Vista. Join one of the many guided tours to the beach and see female loggerhead turtles as they come ashore to lay their eggs. Magnificent humpback whales can be spotted along the coast in March/April.  

One of the most popular attractions in Cape Verde is the Mindelo Carnival in February, when you’ll get to experience the country’s vibrant fusion of Portuguese and African cultures. Like the famous Rio Carnival, it’s a time when people let their hair down, parading through the streets in colourful costumes, decked out with glittering sequins and giant feathers. Locals celebrate by drinking traditional sugar cane rum known as grogue. You’ll find some of Cape Verde’s best restaurants dotted along Sal’s beaches and hidden down the side streets of Santa Maria. Tuck into freshly-grilled lobster or cachupa, a traditional Cape Verdean dish of slow-cooked beans and tender chunks of meat or fish.

Cape Verde is best for

Couples: Enjoy long, romantic walks along Santa Maria’s golden shoreline and the unspoilt white beaches of Boa Vista.

Party-goers: Eat, drink and dance with the locals during carnival time in February. 

Animal lovers: Catch a glimpse of nesting loggerhead turtles and humpback whales.


Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Cape Verde is Portuguese.

Currency: The currency used in Cape Verde is the Cape Verdean escudo.

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

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

Flight time from UK: 6 hours

Tourist Information: Further Cape Verde tourist information can be found here.

Visa & Health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Cape Verde.


Weather & climate

The sun rarely stops shining in Cape Verde, with year-round temperatures ranging from 24-30 (°C). It heats up in the summer, when temperatures can climb to the mid-thirties. This is also the rainy season, but don’t be put off; downpours are infrequent. Come in the spring or autumn for long, sunny days and warm sea temperatures, or book your holiday in the winter when the winds are perfect for windsurfing or kitesurfing.


Getting around

By mini-bus: Shared mini-buses known as ‘aluguers’ are a great way to take in some of the most popular spots in Cape Verde without breaking the bank. You can flag them down in the street and get off at any point. 

By taxi: Taxis in Cape Verde are easy to identify; they’re light blue with a yellow stripe along the side. Know that prices can change depending on the time of day. 

By plane: There are regular flights between the islands.


Events

Carnival: Taking place in February, Sao Vincente’s Mindelo Carnival is one of Cape Verde’s biggest annual events. Locals dance through the town’s cobbled streets, dressed head to toe in shimmering sequins and brightly coloured feathers. Pounding samba rhythms fill the air as thousands of visitors join in with the festivities. 

Live music: If the idea of lying on the beach while listening to live music is your idea of heaven, then you won’t want to miss the Festival de Musica da Baia das Gatas in August. Jazz, Latin, reggae and traditional Cape Verdean bands take to the stage, with festival-goers dancing on the beach until the small hours. 


Why choose Thomas Cook

With hotels available to suit every person and every budget look no further than Thomas Cook for your getaway this year!

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Holidays In Cape Verde 
All Inclusive

Weather In Cape Verde
Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

Recommended Hotels
Oasis Selinas Sea, Hotel Morabeza, Smartline Crioula, Oasis Belorizonte, Dunas De Sal 

Similar Destinations
Barbados, Corfu, Majorca, Tenerife, St Lucia

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