Off the coast of West Africa, Cape Verde emerges as a stunning archipelago of diverse islands, each brimming with unique character.
The islands serve as an enchanting fusion of Portuguese and African cultures, set against the backdrop of volcanic landscapes, arid deserts, lush green valleys, and pristine beaches.
Each island of Cape Verde holds its unique allure, from the vibrant music scene and bustling markets of São Vicente, the moon-like landscapes of Fogo’s active volcano, to the beautiful beaches and turquoise waters of Sal and Boa Vista. The welcoming spirit of the locals, known as Morabeza, adds a captivating charm to the rhythms of Morna music, the vibrant Creole culture, and the sumptuous cachupa stew that defines Cape Verde.
As of January 2019, citizens of the EU, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, and the UK can enter Cape Verde without a visa for up to 30 days. Other nationals need to apply for a visa.
The official currency is the Cape Verdean escudo (CVE). Euros are also widely accepted.
The official language is Portuguese, but Cape Verdean Creole is widely spoken.
Internet and Communication
Wi-Fi is available in hotels, restaurants, and cafes in major towns. CV Movel and Unitel T+ offer prepaid SIM cards.
Cape Verdeans are known for their relaxed and hospitable nature. Dress is generally casual, but beachwear should be limited to the beach.
Don't miss trying the national dish, Cachupa, a slow-cooked stew of corn, beans, and fish or meat.
Flights and ferries connect the islands. Taxis and minibuses ('yasi') are popular modes of transport on the islands.
Health and Safety
Cape Verde is generally safe and has no endemic diseases, but travel insurance and routine vaccinations are recommended.
A great trick to uncover the rhythm of Cape Verde is to immerse yourself in its music. Experience the traditional Morna music at a local bar or during a festival, you'll feel the soul of Cape Verde. Also, make a point to wake up early for the surreal sunrise views on the beaches of Boa Vista or Sal - the early start is well worth it!