Cabo Verde Islands
The Cape Verde islands are a place of great contrasts, with each of the 10 islands offering a different experience. Find out more about each of these unique and rewarding destinations alongside culture and useful information, helping you to discover the variety of holiday experiences you could soon be enjoying…
African Islands of Cape Verde are getting more and more popular among European vacationers as an alternative to the famous Canary Islands. The air tickets can be bought for an amazingly cheap price and the weather is warmer in the winter months.
The adventure starts when you visit other islands which, although so close to Sal, are authentic, totally off the beaten path and without tourists. Also, the nature is truly diverse, from volcanic peaks to lush green hills and spectacular cliffs. The little colonial towns are also extremely cozy and beautiful.
A pleasantly tropical destination, the Cape Verde islands benefit from average annual temperatures of between 24°C and 30°C. Holidays to Cape Verde offer long, uninterrupted sunshine hours and low humidity, meaning many people return time and time again. And, with higher winds between November and March, larger waves can be found on some of the islands, which proves particularly popular with water sport enthusiasts.
Food and Drink
You will find a selection of restaurants in the main towns offering local Creole dishes as well as some international cuisine and many will have live Cape Verdean music at least once a week. There are numerous bars and restaurants in resort areas such as Santa Maria (on the island of Sal) and Mindelo (on the island of São Vicente), and the music at weekends can last long into the night. Many of the bars in the main resort centres offer free Wi-Fi and regular happy hours usually around 4-6pm.
The smaller or quieter islands including Boa Vista do not have such a wide selection of dishes and the limited menu may well be what they have prepared on the day.
Prices do vary – expect to pay the equivalent of between €25-€30 for a three-course meal with local wine.