Cape Verde

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Cape Verde geographically is not very lucky: this African country is located on three islands amidst an abundance of small mountains, there are practically no natural resources, and at the end of the 20th century, the country experienced hunger due to its isolation. But at the same time, Cape Verde has a positive reputation due to the most stable democracy in Africa, a high standard of living and one of the most liberal nations not only on the continent, but also in the world.

Amilkar Cabral International Airport, SID

The main air gate of Cape Verde got its name in honor of the local revolutionary leader who launched the Cape Verde independence movement. Although the airport is connected with a small number of countries (France, Portugal. Spain, the USA and some others), quite a lot of tourists from all over the world come here on vacation.

Amilkara Cabral Airport consists of just one small two-story building. Especially nowhere to walk, and there is no need. From here you can fly to any other island of Cape Verde. Or go for a walk on the island of Sal, where the airport is located.

How to get from the airport to the city center?

You just need to take into account that there is no regular transport. Like any public transport. Therefore, you will have to travel around the island either by minibus, called aluguer, or by taxi.


Between the airport and the main city on the island of Espargos, there are only 2 kilometers. You can safely walk to the center, if you do not have a lot of luggage. Otherwise, look for taxis. There are no special stops. You need to go to the road and wait for the minibus to pass by. Vote and arrange travel. Such trip would cost $ 1.5. At the same time, this method can be quite dangerous at night, so it’s better not to go on a risk.

The safest and most understandable way to get anywhere in the city is by taxi. A lot of taxi drivers are always waiting for travelers in the parking lot at the exit from the terminal. And it will cost about 10 dollars.

Quick facts about Cape Verde

Car rent
from $ 73 per day
Hotel booking
from $ 41 per night
Escudo Cape Verde

Reference average prices in Cape Verde

🌭 Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant
$ 6,03
🍕 Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course
$ 35,18
🍺 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)
$ 0,8
🚌 One-way Ticket (Local Transport)
$ 0,41
🏠 Apartment rent per month (1 bedroom in City Centre)
$ 301

Best time to visit Cape Verde

Best season to travel: November to June
Hotel from $41
The average temperature during the year ranges from 19°C to 29°C
The average rainfall per year is 524 mm

The best time to visit Cape Verde is from November to June. During these months, you can fully enjoy the white sand beaches that the islands are famous for. The temperature is high, the probability of rain is minimal.

Cape Verde Sightseeings

Only half a million people live in Cape Verde. The country is located 500 km from the west coast of Africa. The once uninhabited islands were discovered and colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century. And later they became the center of the slave trade, and after that became a significant supplier of coal and whales. Cape Verde achieved independence in 1975. And unlike most African countries, it was able to become part of the civilized world, which has something to offer the world.


Most of the beach resorts of the archipelago are concentrated on the island of Sal. One of the best called Santa Maria is located on the south coast of the island. Everything is here: golden sand, blue sky, turquoise water. On the beaches of the island you can just walk along the soft sand and splash around in the ocean. And you can go surfing or diving. Stay on the beach of Santa Maria until the evening, when local fishermen bring the freshest fish, which they immediately sell and cook on an open fire.

Chavez Beach

If you go to the island of Boa Vista, you can find the most popular local beach Chavez. It is located along the ocean for 55 km. You will easily find here small bays, where you can often see large turtles and whales. In addition, it offers magnificent views of the sand dunes. And on the water, thanks to the often blowing winds, windsurfing is ideal. In addition, there are only a few hotels along Chavez Beach, so privacy is guaranteed.

Blue Eye Lake

Another amazing attraction on Sal Island is Blue Eye Lake. This is a natural pool with bright turquoise waters and an underwater cave several meters deep. The cave arose thanks to the waves that broke on a local volcanic rock. You can get to this lake by walking paths, while it is better to prepare the most comfortable shoes for travel. And not far from the lake there is a hotel where you can have a snack or buy souvenirs.


The Portuguese opened the largest island of Cape Verde the very first in 1460. The colonialists founded the capital of the island of Sidade Velha two years later. And now the city is famous for its valuable architectural heritage. The city has a number of objects included in the UNESCO World Heritage List: the first cobblestone street in Africa, two churches, Fort San Filipe and Pepurinho, a 16th-century stele as a symbol of royal power and a place of punishment for escaped slaves.

Tarrafal Beach

Not far from the northernmost part of Santiago is Tarrafal Beach. Once there was a correctional colony, but now it is the most beautiful beach in Santiago. The prison was built here in 1936 to contain political prisoners. Later, it became a forced labor camp for those who opposed the authoritarian regime until the 70s. Now there is a museum, which conducts excursions for everyone. And outside the prison walls is an ideal beach for both leisure and surfing.

San Vicenti

The ideal island of Cape Verde for those who want to combine wallowing on the beach, fun and cultural entertainment. The capital of the island of Mindelo is the most cosmopolitan city of Cape Verde. Mainly due to its musical traditions. The great Caesarea Evora once began her fast-paced musical career at the local bars and clubs. Nowadays, the largest music festivals in the country, including carnivals, are regularly held in San Vicenti.

What to eat in Cape Verde

The main products in the Cape Verde cuisine are corn and beans. The list seems to be modest, but they make a huge variety of dishes made from these products. In addition, rice, fried potatoes, tuna, lobsters, fried pork and eggs are common. The Portuguese left behind a local addiction to olives and wine, which are still imported here in large quantities.

The national dish of Cape Verde is called Cachupa. This is a kind of stew from corn, onions, green bananas, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and yams. You can meet it in the menu of almost any institution.

The waters around Cape Verde are filled with a variety of fish and seafood. Local sailors daily bring fresh catch, which instantly diverges in restaurants or prepare directly on the shore for numerous tourists. Grilled vegetables or a variety of mashed potatoes are usually served with fish.

One of the most popular desserts in Cape Verde is a cornmeal pie, often served with honey and cheese.

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